Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"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
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
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