Friday, October 07, 2011

Brian Jacob's research on organizing schools to improve student achievement featured on the Education News blog

Tags: digital signage, jacob, k-12, policy, secondary education, teacher effectiveness, teaching and learning


On September 27, 2011, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held a forum to highlight new policy ideas and perspectives on how to improve student performance in K-12 education. Brian Jacob was invited to present his research (coauthored with Columbia Business School's Jonah Rockoff) showing how three ways of organizing schools can have significant effects on student achievement. The October 6, 2011, entry on the Education News blog discusses Jacob and Rockoff's research, in which they find three examples of "low-hanging fruit for school improvement efforts."

One reform they analyzed is a later start to the school day for secondary students. They also looked at the configuration of grades, with their analysis suggesting that K-8 and 9-12 schools would benefit students. Finally, they looked at teacher assignments and the effects of teachers' switching grades on their effectiveness.

Brian Jacob is professor, School of Education; Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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