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

Washington, D.C. – Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will explore a multitude of education research topics during the 40th annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) conference taking place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., February 26-28.

The theme of the conference is Research Informing Practice, Practice Informing Research and will examine trends in the education sector, with a focus on practice and policy-making. Participants will present, discuss and evaluate the latest research on education topics from pre-K to postsecondary, and look at how research can help make sense of the fast-changing education environment.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Thursday, February 26

Session 1 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

1.01 Accountability for Students
Taylor Room

Early Grade Retention and Student Misbehavior
AIR Presenter: Umut Özek

1.05 Initial Teacher Assignments
McKinley Room

A Foot in the Door: Exploring the Role of Student Teacher Assignments in Teachers’ Initial Job Placements
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

1.09 Teacher and Principal Incentive Pay
Harding Room

AIR Discussant: Kristian Holden

Session 2 | 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

2.03 Educator Pensions: Investigating Labor Market Effects and Plan Costs
Coolidge Room

Teacher Pension Systems and Mobility Decisions: Evidence from Washington State
AIR Presenter: Dan Goldhaber
AIR Co-author: Kristian Holden

2.07 Labor Markets and Education: Global Perspectives
Wilson Room A
AIR Chair: Michael Hansen
AIR Discussant: Michael Hansen

2.12 Spillover Effects within Family
Hoover Room

Back to School: Increases in Maternal Education and Infant Health
AIR Presenter: Christina Licalsi Labelle

Session 3 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3.11 Teacher Labor Market
Madison Room B

Lessons Learned from the Great Recession: The Case of Teacher Layoff Threats
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

Friday, February 27

Session 4 | 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

4.03 Financing Compensation and Professional Development
Taylor Room

AIR Discussant: Karen Manship

4.08 Retaining Effective Teachers
Harding Room

Do Bonuses Affect Teacher Staffing and Student Achievement in High-Poverty Schools? Evidence from an Incentive for National Board Certified Teachers in Washington State
AIR Co-author: Dan Goldhaber

4.10 The Effects of Early Learning Experiences on Non-Test Outcomes
Wilson Room B

AIR Discussant: Christina Licalsi Labelle

Session 5 | 9:45 a.m. –11:15 a.m.

5.10 Screening for Effective Teachers
Hoover Room

Screen Twice, Cut Once: Assessing the Predictive Validity of Teacher Selection Tools 
AIR Presenter: Dan Goldhaber

Session 6 | 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

6.12 Vocational and Career Education in American Schools: New Research on the New Voc-Tech
Harding Room

AIR Discussant: Benjamin Backes

Session 7 | 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

7.03 Educator Networks
Taylor Room

Power and Principals: How Teacher Perceptions of Autonomy and Administrative Support Influence Teacher Mobility
AIR Co-author: Nat Malkus

7.04 English Language Learners and Special Education Students: Placement, Transition and Assessment
Madison Room B

AIR Discussant: Umut Özek

7.07 Methods of Teacher Evaluation
Wilson Room A

AIR Chair: Dan Goldhaber
AIR Discussant: Dan Goldhaber

7.13 Voters, Local Politics and School Finance
Madison Room A

AIR Discussant: Jesse Levin

Saturday, February 28

Session 8 | 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

8.01 Accountability and Testing
Wilson Room A

Getting Ready for College during State Transition toward the Common Core
AIR Presenter: Zeyu Xu
AIR Co-author: Kennan Cepa

8.10 Teacher Effectiveness and Mobility
Hoover Room

Inconvenient Truth? Do Collective Bargaining Agreements Help Explain the Mobility of Teachers Within School Districts?
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

Session 9 | 9:45 a.m. –11:15 a.m.

9.05 Higher Education and the Labor Market
Harding Room

The Labor Market Success of Post-Secondary Completers
AIR Presenter: Mark Schneider

9.06 Job Match and Job Separation in Education Labor Markets
Truman Room

Improving Teacher Selection: Effect of Inter-Rater Reliability in Screening Process
AIR Co-Author: Dan Goldhaber

9.07 New Frontiers in School Finance
Taylor Room

Feasibility Study for Improving the Quality of School-Level Expenditure Data
AIR Presenter: Jesse Levin

AIR Co-Authors: Karen Manship, Antonia Wang, Connie Chandra & Jay Chambers

9.10 Mobility from School Closures and Market-Based Reforms
McKinley Room

AIR Discussant: Jane Hannaway

9.11 Market Outcomes for the Disadvantaged
Madison Room B

Is it Worth It? Post-Secondary Education and Labor Market Outcomes for the Disadvantaged
AIR Presenter: Benjamin Backes
AIR Co-Author: Harry Holzer

Session 10 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

10.01 Characteristics of Charter Schools and Students 
Wilson Room A

Charter School Teachers: Effectiveness, Entry and Exit
AIR Presenter: Umut Özek
AIR Co-Author: Kristian Holden

A Wide Range of Differences: Comparing Charters to Traditional Public Schools
AIR Presenter: Nat Malkus
AIR Co-Author: Jeremy Redford

10.03 Educator Responses to Accountability
Coolidge Room

AIR Chair: Zeyu Xu
AIR Discussant: Zeyu Xu

10.08 School Reforms and the Labor Market
Hoover Room

New Teach for America Impacts: Cumulative Impacts and Non-Test Outcomes
AIR Presenter: Michael Hansen
AIR Co-Author: Benjamin Backes
AIR Chair: Mark Schneider
AIR Discussant: Mark Schneider

More information about the conference may be found at

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