Author

Morgan S. Polikoff

    Author Website: http://rossier.usc.edu/faculty-and-research/directories/a-z/profile/?id=66


    Author Bio:
    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.


Articles

Is Test-Based Accountability Dead?

Three experts weigh in, and look to the future

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Why Accountability Matters, and Why It Must Evolve

Try to think of an education policy that 1) has been shown, in dozens of studies across multiple decades, to positively affect student outcomes; 2) has the overwhelming support of parents and voters; 3) reinforces many other policies and facilitates quality research; and 4) has been used widely at the district, state, and national levels for decades or more.

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Blog Posts/Multimedia

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.

07/02/2018

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.”

04/10/2018

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.

01/29/2018

Laptops in the Classroom: An Open and Closed Case

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

12/21/2017

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.

11/08/2017

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

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

09/18/2017

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.

07/27/2017

How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction?

If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.

05/15/2017

Let’s Leave the Worst Parts of NCLB Behind

Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.

04/27/2017

Should California’s New Accountability Model Set the Bar for Other States?

California’s new school dashboard provides solutions to criticisms of the state’s previous system. But the result may lack clarity for parents, and the most important element of all – consequences.

04/13/2017

Don’t Forget Magnet Schools When Thinking About School Choice

There are over 3,000 magnets across more than 600 school districts within 34 states, but they have received less attention in the research literature than charters.

03/17/2017

Is Common Core Working? It May Be Too Early to Tell

Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects

02/07/2017

Big Bang for Just a Few Bucks: The Impact of Math Textbooks in California

Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning.

01/09/2017

An Evidence-Based, Voter-Approved Policy Agenda for Education

Based on my analysis of public opinion, there is broad public support for four policies, all of which also have at least modest research evidence to support them.

10/10/2016

Parsing Public Opinion on Policy

The results of three recent polls on education policy should provide interesting fodder for the winners of state and national elections.

09/15/2016
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