School Improvement & Redesign

2018 Feb 05

Online Course: Using Research to Inform Decisions

Mon Feb 5 (All day) to Sun Feb 18 (All day)


A two-week online workshop that will guide you in how to find and evaluate pertinent research, with a constant eye toward how such research can be used to inform various school- and district-level decisions. The workshop provides an overview of how practitioners use research and offers several simple tools to help you find the study you need. You will also learn strategies and structures that help foster an environment where research truly informs decision-making.
Learn more and register [Harvard Graduate School of Education website]
Chin, M., Kane, T., Kozakowski, W., Schueler, B., & Staiger, D. (Working Paper). School District Reform in Newark: Within- and Between- School Changes in Achievement Growth. NBER Working Paper 23922 . Publisher's VersionAbstract
In 2011-12, Newark launched a set of educational reforms supported by $20 million gift. Using data from 2009 through 2016, we evaluate the change in Newark students’ achievement growth relative to similar students and schools elsewhere in New Jersey. We measure achievement growth using a “value-added” model, controlling for prior achievement, demographics and peer characteristics. By the fifth year of reform, Newark saw statistically significant gains in English and no significant change in math achievement growth. Perhaps due to the disruptive nature of the reforms, growth declined initially before rebounding in recent years. Aided by the closure of low value-added schools, much of the improvement was due to shifting enrollment from lower-to higher-growth district and charter schools. Shifting enrollment accounted for 62 percent of the improvement in English. In math, such shifts offset what would have been a decline in achievement growth.
Chin, M., Kane, T., Kozakowski, W., Schueler, B., & Staiger, D. (2017). Assessing the Impact of the Newark Education Reforms . Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.Abstract
Aided by $200 million in private philanthropy, city and state leaders launched a major school reform effort in Newark, New Jersey, starting in the 2011–2012 school year. In a coinciding National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, we assessed the impact of those reforms on student achievement growth, comparing students in Newark Public Schools (NPS) district and charter schools to students with similar prior achievement, similar demographics, and similar peers elsewhere in New Jersey. This report includes key findings.

Evaluating Newark's Education Reforms

Aided by $200 million in private philanthropy, city and state leaders launched a major school reform effort in Newark, New Jersey. In this study, researchers evaluate the impacts of Newark’s education reform efforts, starting in the 2011–2012 school year.

2017 Sep 26

PIER Public Seminar: Todd Rogers

4:15pm to 5:30pm


Larsen Hall, Room 203, 14 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

Information of Actionable Information for Parents:
(And) How to Increase the Demand for It

Todd Rogers, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Director of Student Social Support R&D Lab, 
Harvard Kennedy School

4:15 PM: Presentation and Q&A
5:15 PM: Light Refreshments

Live Stream 

2018 May 30

SDP Convening

Wed May 30 (All day) to Fri Jun 1 (All day)


Boston, MA
The eighth annual Strategic Data Project (SDP) Convening will take place in Boston, MA on May 30–June 1, 2018. The event brings together fellows, partners, practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the field of education to discuss the role that data, analytics, and leadership play in our continued effort to transform the use of data in education to improve student achievement.