Education Leadership

President-elect of the Association for Education Finance and Policy

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During the organization's 41st conference in March, members of the Association for Education Finance and Policy voted to elect Susan Dynarski to serve as president-elect in 2017 and the 43rd president in 2018.


Ongoing Research

Are expectations alone enough? Estimating the effect of a mandatory college-prep curriculum

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New paper, policy brief and Michigan Radio podcast on the impact of the Michigan Merit Curriculum on educational outcomes, based on a six-year longitudinal study of the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research partnership.

Improving Practice

The power of teacher selection to improve education

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Smart hiring processes can be less costly and more effective in raising teacher quality than many popular reforms, according to our brief and paper of the District of Columbia Public Schools teacher selection system.


Informing Policy

Tax incentives for education: Ineffective, expensive and regressive

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In a new working paper, Dynarski and Scott-Clayton evaluate historic tax-based efforts to promote college enrollment vis-à-vis traditional student aid programs and offer guidance to improve outcomes.

Applying the Evidence

Why rush to hold kids back?

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The MI legislature continues to debate mandated third-grade retention in House Bill 4822 despite abundant research evidence against the policy, as discussed in an op-ed penned by Jacob and Lombardo.


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