NOTE: The Education Policy Initiative was launched as a research initiative at CLOSUP in 2007 but is now operating as a stand-alone initiative within the Ford School. For current information on EPI, see the current EPI website. Otherwise, information regarding EPI on CLOSUP's website is for archival purposes only, intended to document EPI's startup phase when it was housed within CLOSUP.
Beginning in Fall 2008, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy is conducting an evaluation project regarding teacher effectiveness in the public school system of a large southern U.S. city. The primary objective of the project is to develop a teacher performance rating system (TPRS) that identifies the relative effectiveness of teachers at improving student outcomes. CLOSUP project staff will then advise the school system regarding how to integrate the TPRS into its own data management systems for future use.