NEPC Resources on Foundation Involvement in School Reform
On January 7, the advocacy organization StudentsFirst released a State Policy Report Card assigning letter grades to states based on whether state policies in 24 areas matched the StudentsFirst policy preferences of school choice, test-based accountability and greater centralization of governance.
The Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project was a multi-year study of thousands of teachers in six school districts that concluded in January 2013. This review addresses two of the final MET research papers. One paper uses random assignment to test for bias in teachers’ value-added scores. The experimental protocol was compromised, however, when many students did not remain with the teachers to whom researchers had assigned them; other students and teachers did not participate at all. This prevents conclusive answers to the questions of interest.
This series of policy briefs provides a comprehensive examination school choice in the United States.
Institution: George Mason University
EPRU Fellow Gerald Bracey's response to Bill Gates's speech to the governors and op-ed in the LA Times about the state of American education.
Institutions: Columbia University and Arizona State University
An analysis of the social science value and methodological quality of educational studies published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy (1990-2001).