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Economics of Education Review Vol. 68, No. 1 (February 2019) pp. 89–103
Nearly two dozen states now administer online exams to deliver testing to K-12 students. These tests have real consequences: their results feed into accountability systems, which have been used for more than a decade to hold schools and districts...
Economics of Education Review Vol. 64, No. 1 (June 2018) pp. 184–198
UTeach is a well-known, university-based program designed to increase the number of high-quality STEM teachers in the workforce. Despite substantial investment and rapid program diffusion, there is little evidence about the effectiveness of UTeach...
The common core conundrum: To what extent should we worry that changes to assessments will affect test-based measures of teacher performance?
Economics of Education Review Vol. 62, No. 1 (February 2018) pp. 48–65
Policies that require the use of information about student achievement to evaluate teacher performance are becoming increasingly common across the United States, but there is some question as to how or whether to use student test-based teacher...