Research and Commentary
This page contains my academic publications and working papers. For additional research and commentary, please visit my Brookings page.
Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities, with William G. Bowen and Michael S.
McPherson, Princeton University Press, 2009. More
information about this book is available at the publisher’s page, including the appendix material and Chapter 1.
Selected media coverage:
New York Times,
US News & World Report,
Inside Higher Ed,
Chronicle of Higher Education,
Journal of Human Capital,
American Journal of Education.
Selected op-eds by the authors:
Chronicle of Higher Education,
El Nuevo Día,
“Class Size and Student Outcomes: Research and Policy Implications,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, forthcoming. DOI, last pre-publication draft.
“Online Learning in Higher Education,” with William G. Bowen, Kelly A. Lack, and Thomas I. Nygren, Education Next, forthcoming.
“Citizen Perceptions of Government Service Quality: Evidence from Public Schools,” with Michael Henderson and Martin R. West, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 7(4): 411–445 (2012). DOI, Working Paper.
“The Impact of a Universal Class-Size Reduction Policy: Evidence from Florida’s Statewide Mandate,” Economics
of Education Review, 31(5): 543–562 (2012). DOI,
last pre-publication draft. Selected media coverage: ABC News, CNN, St. Petersburg Times.
“Do More Effective Teachers Earn More Outside of the Classroom?” with Martin R. West, Education Finance and Policy
7(1): 8–43 (2012). DOI,
“Promotion and Reassignment in Public School Districts: How Do Schools Respond to Differences in Teacher
Effectiveness?” with Martin R. West, Economics of Education Review 30(3): 419–433 (2011).
DOI, Working Paper.
“It’s Easier to Pick a Good Teacher than to Train One: Familiar and New Results on the Correlates of
Teacher Effectiveness,” with Paul E. Peterson, Economics of Education Review 30(3): 449–465 (2011). DOI, Working Paper.
“Grading Schools,” with Michael Henderson and Martin R. West, Education Next 10(4): 60–67
(2010). PDF, unabridged version.
“For-Profit and Nonprofit Management in Philadelphia Schools,” with Paul E. Peterson, Education Next 9(2):
64–70 (2009). PDF, unabridged version, Wall Street Journal op-ed.
“Ranking Doctoral Programs by Placement: A New Method,” with Benjamin M. Schmidt, PS: Political Science & Politics
40(3): 523–529 (2007). DOI, PDF, simple (illustrative) example of method,
Inside Higher Ed article.
Articles in Edited Volumes
“Graduation Rates at America’s Universities: What We Know and What We Need to Know,” in Andrew P. Kelly and
Mark Schneider, eds., Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University Press,
2012, pp. 48–71.
“Teacher Effectiveness, Mobility, and Attrition in Florida,” with Martin R. West, in Matthew G. Springer, ed., Performance Incentives: Their Growing Impact on American K–12 Education,
Brookings Institution Press, 2009, pp. 251–271. Last pre-publication draft, book publisher’s page, Education Week article.
“Strength in Numbers: State Spending on K–12 Assessment Systems,” Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution, 2012. Report page.
“The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City,” with Paul E. Peterson, Brown Center on Education Policy (Brookings Institution) and Program on Education Policy and Governance (Harvard University), 2012. Report page.
“Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials,” with William G. Bowen, Kelly A. Lack, and Thomas I. Nygren, Ithaka S+R, ITHAKA, 2012. Report page.
“Beyond Need and Merit: Strengthening State Grant Programs,” with Sandy Baum and others, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution, 2012. Report page.
“Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core,” with Grover J. Whitehurst, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution, 2012. Report page.
“Class Size: What Research Says and What it Means for State Policy,” with Grover J. Whitehurst, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution, 2011. Report page.