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Student Working Papers

Improving Michigan School Discipline Practices

March 1, 2019
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KeAndra Hollis
Over the recent years, many studies have attempted to shed light on the negative impacts and gaps of exclusionary discipline practices within Michigan schools. Research shows that students who face suspension and expulsion are as much as 10 times...
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Reforming Michigan’s Charter Schools

April 1, 2017
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Casey VanderWeide
Michigan has long been on the forefront on implementing charter schools. A charter school, sometimes referred to as a public school academy, is a state-funded public school under the state constitution that is operated “under a charter contract...
Working Papers

Who Benefits from KIPP?

April 1, 2011
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Joshua Angrist (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan), Thomas Kane (Harvard University), Parag Pathak (MIT), and Christopher Walters (MIT)
The nation's largest charter management organization is the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). KIPP schools are emblematic of the No Excuses approach to public education, a highly standardized and widely replicated charter model that features a long...
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Mandating Change: Assessing the Implementation of the Michigan Merit Curriculum

June 1, 2010
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Steven Byrd and Kasia Langer, University of Michigan
This report seeks to identify and quantify some of the challenges faced by districts as they push their students to higher academic levels in a time of fiscal hardship. We have conducted surveys and interviews of school and district level personnel...
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Do Principals Fire the Worst Teachers?

February 1, 2010
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Brian Jacob
This paper takes advantage of a unique policy change to examine how principals make decisions regarding teacher dismissal. In 2004, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) signed a new collective bargaining agreement that...
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The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement.

February 1, 2010
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Thomas S. Dee, Brian Jacob
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act compelled states to design schoolaccountability systems based on annual student assessments. The effect of this Federal legislation on the distribution of student achievement is a highly controversial but...
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Improving Educational Outcomes for Poor Children

February 1, 2009
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Brian Jacob, Jens Ludwig
This review paper, prepared for the forthcoming Russell Sage volume Changing Poverty, considers the ability of different education policies to improve the learning outcomes of lowincome children in America. Disagreements on this question stem in...
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The Persistence of Teacher-Induced Learning Gains

February 1, 2009
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Brian Jacob, Lars Lefgren, David Sims
Educational interventions are often narrowly targeted and temporary, and evaluations often focus on the short-run impacts of the intervention. Insofar as the positive effects of educational interventions fadeout over time, however, such assessments...
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The Effect of Grade Retention on High School Completion

February 1, 2009
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Brian Jacob, Lars Lefgren
Low-achieving students in many school districts are retained in a grade in order to allow them to gain the academic or social skills that teachers believe are necessary to succeed academically. In this paper, we use plausibly exogenous variation in...
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Can You Recognize an Effective Teacher When You Recruit One?

February 1, 2009
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Brian Jacob, Thomas J. Kane, Jonah E. Rockoff, Douglas O. Staiger
Research on the relationship between teachers' characteristics and teacher effectiveness has been underway for over a century, yet little progress has been made in linking teacher quality with factors observable at the time of hire. However, most...
Education

The Education Policy Initiative at CLOSUP

July 2007 - June 2012
NOTE:  EPI 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.  Summary: Under the leadership of former CLOSUP Director Brian Jacob, in the Fall of 2007 CLOSUP launched the Education Policy Initiative (EPI), a program of coordinated activities designed to bring the latest academic knowledge to...
Education

The Impact of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and Michigan Promise Scholarship on Student Outcomes

April 2009 - June 2012
Note: This project is run by the Education Policy Initiative (EPI). EPI was launched at CLOSUP in 2007 but later became a stand-alone unit within the Ford School of Public Policy. The information below is for archival purposes only, to document the project's work while it was part of EPI at CLOSUP. For current information on this project, see the current EPI website. Under the direction of Brian Jacob, CLOSUP's Education Policy Initiative is partnering with Professor Susan Dynarski from UM's Ford School of Public Policy and School of Education, as well as Professor Barbara Schneider and...