AIR Experts to Discuss Education Research Issues at Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will explore a variety of education research and finance topics during the 41st annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) conference, taking place at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, CO, March 17-19.

The conference’s theme is The Perils of Research Irrelevance: Balancing Date Use Against Privacy Concerns, and participants will focus on ways to improve educational outcomes through research. Attendees will present, discuss and evaluate the latest research on education from pre-K to college.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Session 1 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

1.04 - Teacher Evaluation in Practice
Colorado H Room

AIR Chair: David Manzeske

Session 2 | 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

2.08 - Examining the Efficacy of Alternative Indicators of Low-Income for State Aid Formulas
Gold Coin Room

Improving School Finance Equity through Cost- Adjusted Poverty Measures
AIR Co-Authors: Jesse Levin, Jay Chambers

2.10 - Refining Methods of Causal Inference in Education Policy
Nat Hill Room

Lord’s Paradox and Targeted Interventions: The Case of Special Education
AIR Presenter: Roddy Theobald

2.11 - Comprehensive Approaches to Supplementing Student Learning
Silverton Room

AIR Discussant: Ann-Marie Faria

Session 3 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

3.02 - New Lessons on the Longer-Term Impacts of Head Start
Colorado C Room

AIR Discussant: Karen Manship

Session 4 | 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

4.02 - Distribution & Compensation of Effective Teaching: Effects of Policy Innovation on Equitable Access
Colorado B Room

Teacher Performance Pay Signals and Student Achievement: How Well Do the Signals Work?
AIR Presenter: David Manzeske
AIR Co-Authors: Alexandra Manzella Kistner, Ryan Williams & Benjamin West

4.07 - Pension Inequities and Their Effects on the Teacher Workforce
Colorado J Room

Benefit or Burden? On the Intergenerational Inequity of Teacher Pension Plans
AIR Presenter: Ben Backes
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

4.09 - Using Unique Data and Advanced Methods to Evaluate Policies
Gold Coin Room

AIR Chair: Roddy Theobald

4.12 - Reconsidering Cost Accounting in Higher Education: A Discussion of New Approaches for Answering Questions for Policy & Practice
Pomeroy Room

AIR Discussant: Matthew Soldner

Session 5 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

5.04 - Teacher Tenure in a New Era: Tenure Reform Policies and Implications for Workforce Composition and Teacher Effectiveness
Colorado D Room

Time To Tenure, Teacher Effort, and Student Achievement.
AIR Presenter: Dan Goldhaber

5.05 - Teacher and Principal Preparation and Student Achievement
Colorado H Room

Making Leaders: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Five Principal Preparation Programs
AIR Presenter: Eric Larsen
AIR Co-Authors: Dana Chambers, Matthew Clifford, Mariann Lemke & Andrew Swanlund

The Residency Approach to Teacher Preparation: Evidence from Denver Public Schools
AIR Presenter: Ryan Eisner
AIR Co-Authors: Martyna Citkowicz & Eleanor Fulbeck

Does the Match Matter? Exploring Whether Student Teaching Experiences Affect Teacher Career Paths and Effectiveness
AIR Co-Authors: Dan Goldhaber & Roddy Theobald

Friday, March 18, 2016

Session 6 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

6.02 - Creating and Using Information on Teacher Performance: Practical Realities of Design and Implementation in Teacher Evaluation
Colorado A Room

AIR Discussant: Roddy Theobold

6.12 - Dual Enrollment, AP, and Earning College Credits in High School
Nat Hill Room

AIR Discussant: James Cowan

Session 7 | 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

7.02 - The Effects of More Schooling
Colorado A Room

The Impact of California's Transitional Kindergarten Program on End-of-Kindergarten Student Outcomes
AIR Presenter: Karen Manship
AIR Co-Authors: Iliana Brodziak De Los Reyes, Aleksandra Holod, Burhan Ogut & Heather Quick

7.06 - School Resources and Student Outcomes: New Approaches to an Old Question
Colorado H Room

School Counselors and Student Outcomes in High School
AIR Presenter: James Cowan
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

7.12 - School Boards: The Way We Get Em' & the Policies They Pursue
Nat Hill Room

AIR Discussant: Dan Goldhaber

Session 8 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

8.01 - A Cost-Effective, Constitutional Methodology for Determining the Actual Cost of a Sound Basic Education
Mattie Silks Room

AIR Discussant: Jay Chambers

8.02 - Rating the Teachers: Do Test-Based Assessments Get It Right?
Silverton Room

The Common Core Conundrum: To What Extent Should We Worry That Changes to Assessments and Standards Will Affect Test-Based Measures of Teacher Performance?
AIR Presenter: Ben Backes
AIR Co-Authors: James Cowan, Dan Goldhaber & Zeyu Xu

8.03 - Improving Teacher Evaluation Systems: Making the Most of Multiple Measures
Colorado A Room

Observations on Evaluating Teacher Performance: Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Classroom Observations and Value-Added Measures
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

8.06 - Special Issues in School Finance
Colorado D Room

AIR Chair: Dan Goldhaber
AIR Discussant: James Cowan

Session 9 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

9.03 - After Five Years, How Well Are the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Working?
Colorado A Room

The Annual Costs of Sustaining the EET Reform Across the Intensive Partnership Sites
AIR Presenter: Iliana Brodziak De Los Reyes
AIR Co-Authors: Jay Chambers, John Mezzanotte, Emily Vontsolos, Melissa Arellanes & Jesse Levin

Efforts to Improve Teaching through Individualized Professional Development
AIR Presenter: Eleanor Fulbeck
AIR Co-Author: Deborah Holtzman

Implementation of Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Reforms across Seven Sites
AIR Co-Author: Michael Garet

9.04 - Investigating Teachers' Retirement Plan Effects on Experience, Retention, and Mobility
Colorado B Room

Investigating Barriers to Teacher Mobility between Oregon and Washington
AIR Co-Authors: Kristian Holden & Dan Goldhaber

9.07 - Outcomes of Non-Traditional Paths to Higher Education
Colorado H Room

Selection into Online Community College Courses and Their Effects on Persistence
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

9.08 - Voters, Politicians, and School Resources
Colorado I Room

AIR Chair: James Cowan

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Session 10 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

10.01 - Causal Estimates of the Impacts of Accountability
Colorado A Room

AIR Chair: Ben Backes

Session 11 | 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

11.02 - The Impact of Market Reforms on Early Childhood Education
Colorado B Room

Examining Changes to Michigan’s Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System
AIR Presenter: Ann-Marie Faria
AIR Co-Authors: Laura Hawkinson, Ariela Greenberg, Eboni Howard & Leah Brown

11.04 - Teacher Pay and The Distribution of Teacher Quality
Colorado D Room
AIR Chair: Eleanor Fulbeck

11.05 - College Preparation and Access to Higher Education
Colorado H Room

AIR Discussants: Jesse Levin & Iliana Brodziak De Los Reyes
AIR Policy Reader: Angelica Herrera

Why Do Middle School Students Sign-Up For Washington's College Bound Scholarship Program? A Mixed Methods Evaluation.
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

11.10 - Non-State Regional Analysis using NAEP Data: Examining Student Achievement in Appalachia, Mississippi Delta, and the US-Mexico Border
Matchless Room

AIR Chair: Austin Lasseter

Student Achievement in the Appalachian Region: Analyzing the 2013 NAEP Eight Grade Mathematics Assessment
AIR Presenter: Bitnara Jasmine Park

Student Achievement in the US-Mexico Border: Analyzing the 2013 NAEP Eighth Grade Mathematics Assessment
AIR Presenter: Andrew Jackwin

Student Achievement in the Mississippi Delta Region: Analyzing the 2013 NAEP Eighth Grade Mathematics Assessment
AIR Presenter: Jon Phelan

Feasibility of Non-state Regional Analysis in NAEP: The Utility of Post-stratification Ranking Adjustments to Student Sampling Weights
AIR Presenter: Austin Lasseter

Session 12 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

12.03 - Teacher Effects on Students' Academic Performance, Attendance and College Enrollment
Colorado C Room

AIR Chair: Ben Backes

12.09 - Investigating Patterns of Educator Supply and Demand in Three States
Nat Hill Room

AIR Chair: Jesse Levin
AIR Discussants: Jay Chambers & Jim Lindsay

Massachusetts Study of Educator Supply and Demand
AIR Presenter: Alex Berg-Jacobson
AIR Co-Authors: Jesse Levin, Katelynn Lee, Drew Atchison & Emily Vontsolos

Oklahoma Study of Educator Supply and Demand
AIR Presenter: Jesse Levin
AIR Co-Author: Alex Berg-Jacobson

Methods for Minnesota’s Teacher Supply and Demand Study
AIR Presenter: Jim Lindsay
AIR Co-Authors: Jill Walston, Jeremy Redford & Yinmei Wan

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