Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research
Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"One method [of measuring teacher quality] is to evaluate teachers based on their impacts on students’ test scores, commonly termed the 'value-added' (VA) approach. A teacher's value-added is defined as the average test-score gain for his or her students, adjusted for differences across classrooms in student characteristics such as prior scores. School districts from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles have begun to use VA to evaluate teachers. Proponents argue that using VA can improve student achievement... while critics argue that test score gains are poor proxies for a teacher’s true quality...
We find that students assigned to higher VA teachers are more successful in many dimensions. They are more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in better neighborhoods, and save more for retirement. They are also less likely to have children as teenagers..."
Cowritten with Raj Chetty and Jonah E. Rockoff, "The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood [Executive Summary]," Harvard University Research Computing Group website, Dec. 2011
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:
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, July 2009-present
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Apr. 6, 2009-present (Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Aging and Health, 2006-2007)
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Scholar in Health Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of California at Berkeley, Aug. 2007-July, 2009
Undergraduate Advisor, Economics and Applied Math, Harvard University, 2004-2007
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2002-2007
Research Assistant to Professor Jeremy Stein, Harvard University, 2005
Research Assistant to Professor David I. Laibson, Harvard University, 2000-2004
John Eliot Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge University, 2002-2003
Prize Student, Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge University, 2002-2003
Kawamura Visiting Fellow, Japan, Summer 2002
Recipient, John Williams Prize, Harvard University, 2002
Recipient, Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard University, 2002
Elected to membership, Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2001