APSY 7561 Evaluation and Public Policy (Fall: 3 )
The course will examine some issues that arise in educational accountability. The purpose is to develop a deeper understanding of the policy issues and a critical appreciation of the relevant methodological strategies. One topic is the establishment and use of state-specific performance standards under NCLB and the quantification of the relative rigor of those standards. A second is the evaluation of school or teacher effectiveness using so-called value-added models. A third is the policy evaluation of school reform efforts (such as charter schools) using data from large-scale cross-sectional surveys. The latter two topics both involve causal inferences from observational studies.
Instructor(s): Henry Braun
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14