Brian A. Jacob
Assessing instructor effectiveness in higher education
New evidence from Chicago shows they fire the least effective teachers
Accountability has produced substantial gains in math skills but not in reading
In affluent schools, other things matter
Illustration by Noah Woods. As the first large urban school district to introduce a comprehensive accountability system, Chicago provides an exceptional case study of the effects of high-stakes testing-a reform strategy that will become omnipresent as the No Child Left Behind Act is implemented nationwide. One of the most serious criticisms of high-stakes testing is […]
The pressures of accountability may encourage school personnel to doctor the results from high-stakes tests. Here’s how to stop them.
The best—and the worst—stand out
Small group instruction is ubiquitous in elementary schools when it comes to reading, but not for math. This study provides some preliminary evidence that small group instruction may be a promising approach for math instruction as well.
Approximately 18 percent of Michigan third graders have been formally investigated by Child Protective Services for possible exposure to abuse or neglect.
Policymakers should take steps to encourage colleges to adopt successful models such as ASAP and the Detroit Promise Path.
States have been very active in passing laws about CTE. They now need to step up and support research that can help ensure these new initiatives are successful.
Roughly 14 percent of students nationwide miss at least 18 days of school.
A number of new research studies are beginning to investigate some more nuanced questions with regard to charters.
By shining a spotlight on states with particularly low student performance, the department can bring attention to the struggles facing public education in these states.
Mandatory grade retention is clearly popular, at least among many state legislators. But is it good policy?