Thursday, April 26, 2018

Nell Duke and Brian Jacob quoted in Bridge article


In an April 26 Bridge article which charts the successful improvement of reading scores in Cadillac, Michigan, Professors Nell Duke and Brian Jacob were quoted by the article’s author, Ron French. French’s piece, “Once at rock bottom, this Northern Michigan elementary now produces stars,” describes the changes enacted by the Cadillac schools’ leadership over the past four years.

The article cites Jacob’s analysis demonstrating that even when economic and social indicators are taken into account, Michigan schools underperform compared with most other states.

Duke was quoted explaining several reasons that Michigan student test scores may lag behind, including the varying degree to which the state’s policies and practices support the education of students, including low-income students, and the less equitable funding model employed by the state. Duke also pointed to a comparatively small investment in teacher continuing education than in other states.

Nell K. Duke is Professor

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

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