Last updated on: 5/17/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Carolyn J. Heinrich, PhD Biography

Title:
Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Position:
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“There are little to no positive effects of these [test-based accountability] systems overall on student learning and educational progress, and there is widespread teaching to the test and gaming of the systems that reflects a wasteful use of resources and leads to inaccurate or inflated measures of performance…

Studies published in the best economics and education journals have shown unequivocal evidence of excessive teaching to the test and drilling that produces inflated measures of students’ growth in learning; cheating on tests that includes erasing incorrect answers or filling in missing responses; shifting of students out of classrooms or other efforts to exclude anticipated poor performers from testing, or alternatively, concentrating classroom teaching efforts on those students most likely to increase their test scores above a particular target, and other even more subtle strategies for increasing testing averages.”

“Standardized Tests with High Stakes Are Bad for Learning, Studies Show,” Austin American-Statesman, Mar. 10, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, July 2011-present
  • Director, Center of Health and Social Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, July 2011-present
  • Affiliated Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, July 2011-present
  • President, Public Management Research Association
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Public Administration, 2010-present
  • Consultant, Economic Policy Research Institute, South Africa, 2007-present
  • Consultant, World Bank, 2004-present
  • Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank, 2001-present
  • First Vice President, Midwest Economics Association, 2007-2008
  • Consultant, Ministry of Social Development, Federal Government of Brazil, 2005-2007
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Director, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 2008-June 2011 (Professor, May 2006-June 2011, Associate Professor, Aug. 2003-Apr. 2006)
  • Affiliated Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nov. 2007-June 2011
  • Regina Loughlin Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Aug. 2007-June 2011
  • Associate Director, Research and Training, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2004-July 2009
Education:
  • PhD, Labor Economics, Urban Political Economy, and Econometrics, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1995
  • MA, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1991
  • BA, summa cum laude, International Relations and Economics, Beloit College, 1989
Contact Info:
Phone
512-471-3779
Email
cheinrich@austin.utexas.edu
Website
Faculty profile
Other:
  • Editor, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2005-2008
  • Winner, David N. Kershaw Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Public Policy Analysis and Management by a Person Under Age 40, 2004
  • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, July 2000-June 2003
  • Research Director, University of Chicago-Pew Charitable Trusts Study on Public Management and Government Performance, July 1997-June 2000
  • Associate Director, Center for Social Program Evaluation, University of Chicago, July 1997-June 2000
  • Consultant, US Department of Labor, 1997-1999
  • Winner, Research Dissertation Award, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment, 1996
  • Research Associate, American Bar Foundation, 1995-1997
  • Research Associate, Center for Social Program Evaluation, University of Chicago, 1993-1997
  • Consultant, President’s Office of Employment and Training, 1992-1994
  • Evaluation Coordinator, Chicago Zoological Society, Visitor Research and Exhibit Evaluation, 1992
  • Research Assistant, Chicago Zoological Society, Visitor Research and Exhibit Evaluation, 1990-1991
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?