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Dr. Morgan Polikoff is an Associate Professor at the Rossier School of Education at USC. His areas of expertise include K-12 education policy; Common Core standards; assessment policy; alignment among instruction, standards and assessments; and the measurement of classroom instruction.

Published Articles & Media

A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

Assessing the impact of national standards

Common Standards Aren’t Enough

Forum: A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

The Challenges of Curriculum Materials as a Reform Lever

There is increasing momentum behind the idea that curriculum materials, including textbooks, represent a powerful lever for education reform. This report identifies some specific challenges faced by this approach.

The 2017 NAEP Results: Nothing To See Here?

Well, the long-awaited 2017 NAEP results have been released. Unlike 2015’s results, which landed with a thud, these landed with a “meh.”

When Public Opinion on Policy Is Driven by Misconceptions, Refute Them

Respondents’ conceptions and support toward Common Core were substantially affected a short, easy-to-read text.

Laptops in the Classroom: An Open and Closed Case

Do professors who study education policy allow their students to use laptops in the classroom?

Can Hot Wheels Change the Way We Teach STEM?

Researchers developed a hands-on curriculum and professional development lessons teaching basic physics using the popular toys, then conducted a randomized controlled trial.

Summer Learning Loss: What Is It, and What Can We Do...

Many students start the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break.

The Don’t Do It Depository

Over the past 15 years, there has been a concerted effort in education research to find out “what works” and to share these policies and practices with schools.

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