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Education Policy

How do smaller classes and better teachers affect student achievement and outcomes? Does having a college education mean that a person will live longer and in better health? Which education interventions are most effective in terms of costs and achievement? These are just some of the issues that IPR education policy researchers address in their quest to create a larger pool of rigorous research and policy-relevant solutions for the pressing problems in education faced by teachers, students, parents, taxpayers, and policymakers.

A Message From Jonathan Guryan, Program Chair

Jonathan Guryan

Struggling schools, declining school funding, persistent achievement gaps, and recruiting and retaining effective teachers are just a few of the critical issues that school districts across the nation face every day. More rigorous research is needed to understand the issues facing schools and educators and to create effective solutions to address them. IPR’s Education Policy program groups fellows from a variety of disciplines and aligns with others, including those on Quantitative Methods.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Kirabo Jackson, Shanette Porter, John Easton, Alyssa Blanchard, and Sebastián Kiguel. 2020. School Effects on Socio-emotional Development, School-Based Arrests, and Educational Attainment (WP-20-06).

David Figlio, Cassandra Hart, and Krzysztof Karbownik. 2020. Effects of Scaling Up Private School Choice Programs on Public School Students (WP-20-05).

Elizabeth Tipton, Jessaca Spybrook, Katie Fitzgerald, Qian Wang, and Caryn Davidson. 2019. The Convenience of Large Urban School Districts: A Study of Recruitment Practices in 37 Randomized Trials (WP-19-27).

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Faculty Experts

Faculty consider issues associated with education from different vantage points that include economics, sociology, psychology, biomedical sciences, and quantitative research methods.

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News

IPR researchers
Producing Evidence for Better Policy Decisions

In 2019, IPR’s most-read articles reflected a year of celebration, as IPR marked its 50th anniversary, and of commitment, as studies tackled many of the persistent problems that society has faced since IPR’s founding in 1968.

Events

Jul
20
2020
Improving Evaluations of R&D in STEM Education 2020 Summer Institute

Northwestern University, with support from the National Science Foundation is providing support for the 2020Summer Research Training Institute on Improving Evaluations of Research and Development projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Jul
06
2020
Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials

Faculty Organizers: Larry Hedges and Elizabeth Tipton

This two-week, in-depth training institute covers a range of specific topics in the design, implementation, and analysis of data for use in cluster-randomized trials, allowing researchers to account for the group effects of teachers and classrooms when measuring an intervention’s effects on individual student achievement. Support comes from the National Center for Education Research, housed in the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

Policy Brief: The Benefits of Increased School Spending

Does money matter for schools? In The Benefits of Increased School Spending, IPR economist Kirabo Jackson takes a fresh approach to examining changes in K–12 public school spending due to school finance reforms in 28 states. He and his colleagues find strong ties between increased school spending and positive outcomes.

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