Education Policy Analytics Lab

October 8, 2017

Event: Talk by Dr. Sun at University of Chicago

Dr. Sun will be giving a talk on October 17th as part of the University of Chicago’s “The Chicago Education Workshop Lecture Series.” Her lecture will center on initial findings from a broad-scale school improvement study and innovative text-analysis methodologies used to learn about specific school improvement strategies that move the needle for students.


May 30, 2016

Event: Talk on ESSA implementation and School Improvement

Michael Merrin, the state assistant superintendent, on Tuesday May 31, from 10:00am-11:30am at Miller 112.   Mr. Merrin will be joined by his colleague–the Director of Operations– on that day. They plan to make this event as a dialogue; therefore, there will be many opportunities for interactions. The theme of their talk will be “theory and…


February 16, 2016

Event: Building Teacher Teams: Evidence of Positive Spillovers from More Effective  Colleagues

Dr. Min Sun will be presenting her paper at the 41st Annual The Association for Education Finance and Policy Conference. Abstract: Student peer effects are well documented. We know far less, however, about peer effects among teachers. We hypothesize that a relatively effective teacher may positively affect the performance of their peers, while a relatively ineffective…


November 6, 2015

Gradually Turning Around: Evidence from Lowest-Performing Schools that Received School Improvement Grants.

Since 2010, there have been considerable resources channeled toward the lowest-performing schools nationwide through School Improvement Grants (SIGs). However, research demonstrating the effectiveness of SIGs is very limited. This study draws on a decade of longitudinal data and uses a difference-in-difference strategy to provide important evidence on program impacts across the full three-year duration of…


Transfer Whom to Where? Positive Spillover from More Effective Peers

It is known student learning in schools is a function of not one teacher, but of the combined effort of many teachers. Research on policy initiatives of placing effective teachers in disadvantaged schools are mainly based on a human capital explanation that effective teachers would benefit their own students’ learning, yet rarely from the perspective of…


April 27, 2015

Beginning Mathematics Teachers’ Performance Growth Trajectories and Career Patterns

Teacher quality has been key in implementing more rigorous math standards and curricular materials in ways that improve student learning. High-need schools typically find it hard to recruit and retain math teachers, particularly effective ones. Teachers generally prefer to low-need schools in their first job placement; those initially placed in high-need schools are likely to…