2013

Presumed Averageness: The Mis-Application of Classical Hypothesis Testing in Education

December 4, 2013

CEPR Faculty Director Thomas Kane discusses the importance of statistical significance in the following Brookings Institution paper. 

Imagine yourself having had a heart attack.  An ambulance arrives to transport you to a hospital emergency room.  Your ambulance driver asks you to choose between two hospitals, Hospital A or Hospital B.  At Hospital A, the mortality rate for heart attack patients is 75 percent.  At Hospital B, the mortality rate is just 20 percent.  But mortality rates are imperfect measures, based on a finite number of admissions.  If… Read more about Presumed Averageness: The Mis-Application of Classical Hypothesis Testing in Education

Courts Will Expect Evidence on Race-Neutral Admission Options in the Aftermath of the Fisher Case

July 17, 2013

CEPR Faculty Director Thomas Kane shares his insights on the role of evidence in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas. 

The Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas was largely overlooked, as it was quickly eclipsed by higher-profile decisions involving voting rights and same-sex marriageHowever, the Court’s decision to remand to the lower courts clearly signaled their dissatisfaction with the evidence presented to them. If higher education leaders expect to preserve race-… Read more about Courts Will Expect Evidence on Race-Neutral Admission Options in the Aftermath of the Fisher Case

Delaware Takes the Lead in Tackling College Readiness and Retention

July 17, 2013

Delaware took a major step today toward improving low college graduation rates that are holding back the capabilities of our workforce nationwide. Governor Jack Markell and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy joined researchers from the Strategic Data Project (SDP), a program of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, to release findings on Delaware students’ college readiness, enrollment, and retention, presenting one of the first thorough analyses done for any state by SDP. The project continues the data-driven approach to student achievement that helped Delaware… Read more about Delaware Takes the Lead in Tackling College Readiness and Retention