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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:

David Figlio, Paola Giuliano, Riccardo Marchingiglio, Umut Özek, and Paola Sapienza. 2021. Diversity in Schools: Immigrants and the Educational Performance of U.S. Born Students (WP-21-19).

Kirabo Jackson and Claire Mackevicius. 2021. The Distribution of School Spending Impacts (WP-21-15).

Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, Monica Bhatt, Philip Cook, Jonathan Davis, Kenneth Dodge, George Farkas, Roland Fryer Jr., Susan Mayer, Harold Pollack, and Laurence Steinberg. 2021. Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents (WP-21-12).

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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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Events

Jul
19
2021
Improving Evaluations of R&D in STEM Education 2021 Summer Institute

Northwestern University, with support from the National Science Foundation is providing support for the 2021 Summer Research Training Institute on Improving Evaluations of Research and Development projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Jul
19
2021
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.

May
24
2021
The Early Childhood Education and Care Enterprise in the 21st Century

Terri Sabol, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow

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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