Experts from the American Institutes for Research to Present at the Annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will explore a variety of education research and finance topics during the 42nd annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) conference, taking place at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, March 16-18, 2017.

This year’s conference theme is “Education Policy and Research in the Post-Obama Era,” and will focus on how the leadership shift will affect education policy. The conference will also provide participants with newly structured sessions and events specifically designed to facilitate collaborations and connections between researchers, policymakers and practitioners. The Association’s mission is to promote understanding of the means by which resources are generated, distributed and used to enhance human learning.

Attendees will present, discuss and evaluate the latest research on education from pre-K to college. Presentations by AIR staff include:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Concurrent Session I

8:30 – 10:00 AM EDT

  • 1.02: Teacher Quality

Thurgood Marshall North, Mezzanine Level

Has It Always Been This Way? Tracing the Evolution of Teacher Quality Gaps in U.S. Public Schools
AIR Presenters/Authors: Dan Goldhaber & Roddy Theobald

  • 1.06: Language and English Learners

Coolidge, Mezzanine Level

AIR Chair: Umut Ozek

  • 1.11: Teacher Training and Observation

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Focusing on Mathematical Knowledge: The Impact of Content-Intensive Teacher Professional Development
AIR Presenters/Authors: Michael Garet, Jessica Heppen, Kirk Walters, Toni Smith, Mengli Song & Rachel Garrett

Can UTeach? Assessing the Relative Effectiveness of STEM Teachers
AIR Presenters/Authors: Ben Backes, Dan Goldhaber, Whitney Cade, Melissa Dodson & Kate Sullivan

Examining the Impact of Denver Teacher Residency on Teacher Retention, Teacher Effectiveness, and Student Achievement
AIR Presenters/Authors: Ryan Eisner, Eleanor Fulbeck, Martyna Citkowicz, Bo Zhu & David Manzeske

Concurrent Session II

10:15 – 11:45 AM EDT

  • 2.02: Explaining Teacher Quality

Thurgood Marshall North, Mezzanine Level

AIR Chair: Dan Goldhaber

  • 2.03: Immigration and Education

Thurgood Marshall East, Mezzanine Level

Long-term Orientation and Educational Performance
AIR Presenter/Author: Umut Ozek

  • 2.09: Equity and School Finance

Wilson A, Mezzanine Level

The Impact of School Finance Reform on Equity in the State of New York
AIR Presenter/Author: Drew Atchison

Concurrent Session III

2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT

  • 3.04: Evaluating and Scaling Educational Interventions

Coolidge, Mezzanine Level

Getting Students on Track for Graduation: Impact of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System After One Year
AIR Presenters/Authors: Ann-Marie Faria, Nicholas Sorensen, Jessica Heppen, Jill Bowdon & Ryan Eisner

  • 3.06: New Data Source for Educational Evaluation

 Hoover, Mezzanine Level

Feasibility Study on Improving the Quality of School-level Expenditure Data
AIR Presenters/Authors: Jesse Levin, Karen Manship, Drew Atchison, Andrea Boyle & Jay Chambers

Concurrent Session IV

4:15 – 5:45 PM EDT

  • 4.06: Bayesian Strategies for Improved Prediction and Data Analysis

Coolidge, Mezzanine Level

Enabling Teacher-centric Analysis through Multiplicity-Adjusted Indirect Sampling Estimation from Teacher Data Linked to Student Data
AIR Presenters/Authors: Avinash Singh & Markus Broer

  • 4.07: Higher Education and Performance Based Funding

Hoover, Mezzanine Level

Does Efficient Mean Better? Administrative Efficiency and Student Learning Outcomes of Higher Education Institutions
AIR Presenters/Authors: Aida Aliyeva & Christopher A. Cody

  • 4.09: Serving Diverse Students

Wilson B, Mezzanine Level

Unwelcome Guests? The Effects of Refugees on the Educational Outcomes of Incumbent Students
AIR Presenter/Author: Umut Ozek

  • 4.12: Technical and Political Challenges for Collecting and Using Data on School-Level Expenditures

Madison A, Mezzanine Level
AIR Chair: Jesse Levin

Friday, March 17, 2017

Poster Session 1

8:00 – 9:00 AM EDT

  • Poster Session 1

Exhibit Hall C Exhibition Level

The Influence of Socio Economic Status and Other Contextual Variables on College Enrollment. Results from the 2013 Update of the High School Longitudinal Study
AIR Presenters/Authors: Sakiko Ikoma & Markus Broer

Concurrent Session V

9:00 – 10:30 AM EDT

  • 5.04: Evaluating K12 Learning Interventions

Coolidge, Mezzanine Level

Does More Instructional Time Buy Higher Educational Achievement? Lessons from Florida's Additional Instructional Time Program
AIR Presenters/Authors: Kristian L. Holden & Umut Ozek

Concurrent Session VI

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM EDT

  • 6.07: New Evidence on the Effects of Scaled-Up Preschool Interventions

Thurgood Marshall South, Mezzanine Level

The Impact of California's Transitional Kindergarten Program on Student Subgroups
AIR Presenters/Authors: Karen Manship, Heather Quick, Burhan Ogut, Aleksandra Holod, Iliana Brodziak De Los Reyes & Jarah Blum

  • 6.10: Teacher Quality and Evaluation

Thurgood Marshall West, Mezzanine Level

The Role of School and District Implementation in Subjective Teacher Evaluations
AIR Presenters/Authors: James Cowan, Dan Goldhaber & Roddy Theobald

Concurrent Session VIII

3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT

  • 8.08: Getting Value-Added Right

Tyler, Mezzanine Level

AIR Chair: Roddy Theobald

Teacher Value-Added in Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools
AIR Presenters/Authors: Umut Ozek & Kristian L. Holden

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Concurrent Session IX

9:00 – 10:15 AM EDT

  • 9.11: Predicting Postsecondary Outcomes and Future Earnings

Madison A, Mezzanine Level

Predictors of Intermediate and Postsecondary Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
AIR Presenters/Authors: Roddy Theobald, Dan Goldhaber & Kristian L. Holden

Learn more about the conference on the AEFP website.

About AIR
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