AEFP 45th Annual Conference

Toward a Meaningful Impact through Research, Policy & Practice

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel - Fort Worth, Texas
March 19-21, 2020

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Concurrent Session II - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:45am to 11:15am
2.01 - Strengthening Students' College Enrollment Decisions
Room: Mary Lou Williams A

Chair: Kalena Cortes, Texas A&M University

Jessica Howell, The College Board. Realizing Your College Potential? Impacts of College Board’s RYCP Campaign on Postsecondary Enrollment. Oded Gurantz, University of Missouri, Michael Hurwitz, The College Board, Matea Pender, The College Board
Lily Fesler, Stanford University. Understanding Student Questions about the College Application Process to Improve Program Design
Katie Ratterree Johnson, RTI International. The Cost of College: Do High Schoolers' Perceptions of College Affordability Influence Their Postsecondary Plans?. Erin Dunlop Velez, RTI International
Gloria Bernal, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Students' Preferences for Higher Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia. Kristof De Witte, University of Leuven, Luz Karime Abadía, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Sergio Arango, ICFES
2.02 - Dynamic Effects of Teacher Evaluation Systems
Room: Mary Lou Williams B

Chair: Jane Cooley Fruehwirth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jessalynn James, University of Virginia. Teacher Quality in the Common Core Era: Does the Test Make a Difference?
James Wyckoff, University of Virginia. Can Effective Teacher Evaluation Be Sustained? Evidence from DCPS. Thomas Dee, Stanford University, Jessalynn James, University of Virginia
Matthew P. Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania. The Labor Market Consequences of Teacher Evaluation Reform: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Chicago. Jennie Jiang, University of Chicago, Lauren Sartain, University of Chicago
Steven M. Kimball, University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Wisconsin Learning-centered Teacher Evaluation Study: Informing Policy and Practice. Jessica Arrigoni, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Herbert G. Heneman III, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Curtis Jones, SREed, Katharine Rainey, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
2.03 - The Market for Principals
Room: Bennie Moten A

Chair: David D. Liebowitz, University of Oregon

Jennie Weiner, University of Connecticut. More than a Ceiling: Implications of the “Glass Cliff” Phenomenon in Public School Leadership. Samuel J. Kamin, University of Connecticut, Alexandra Lamb, University of Connecticut, Monique Golden, University of Connecticut
Lauren Bailes, University of Delaware. Held Down and Held Back: The Cost of Systematically Delayed Principal Promotions. Sarah Guthery, Texas A&M University Commerce
Andrew Pendola, Auburn University. The Salary Draw: Wage Differentials and Principal Turnover
Jennifer D. Timmer, Vanderbilt University. Unequal Pay for Equal Work? The Gender Gap in Principal Compensation. Jason A. Grissom, Vanderbilt University, Jennifer L. Nelson, Vanderbilt University, Richard S. L. Blissett, Seton Hall University
2.04 - Inequalities in School Spending
Room: Jay McShann A

Chair: Leanna Stiefel, New York University

Bart Liguori , Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. State and Local Funding to Higher Poverty Schools within Kentucky Districts. Sabrina Cummins, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Deborah Nelson, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Albert Alexander, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Kristian Edwards , Kentucky Legislative Research Commission
Steven G. Craig, University of Houston. Inequality in Public School Expenditures across Space and Time. Christopher Biolsi, Western Kentucky University, Amrita Dhar, University of Mary Washington, Bent E. Sorensen, University of Houston and CEPR
Victoria E. Sosina, Stanford University. Pathways to Inequality: Segregation and Racial Disparities in School District Expenditures. Ericka S. Weathers, Pennsylvania State University
James V. Shuls, University of Missouri - St. Louis. Undermining Equity: How State Pension Subsidies Favor Wealthy School Districts. Collin Hitt, Southern Illinois University, Robert M. Costrell, University of Arkansas, Lina Anaya, University of Arkansas
2.05 - New Insights into Improving Surveys, Experiments, and Data Use
Room: Julia Lee A

Chair: Duncan Chaplin, Mathematica Policy Research

Chelsea Brehm, Western Michigan University. Different Incentives Coax Different Folks: Guaranteed Incentives Get Responses from Less Advantaged College Students than Lottery Incentives. Chelsea Brehm, Western Michigan University, Daniel A. Collier, Western Michigan University, Dan Fitzpatrick, Western Michigan University, Sarah Jane Cox, Western Michigan University
Matthew J Pepper, Basis Policy Research. Measuring Acquiescence Bias in a Statewide Teacher Survey. David Stuit, Basis Policy Research
Philip Gleason, Mathematica Policy Research. Implementation and Impacts of a Professional Development and Coaching Intervention to Help Teachers Use Data. Sarah Crissey, Mathematica Policy Research, Greg Chojnacki, Mathematica Policy Research, Sarah Costelloe, Abt Associates, Fran O'Reilly, Evidence-Based Education Research & Evaluation
Magdalena Bennett, Teachers College Columbia University. How Far is Too Far? Generalization of a Regression Discontinuity Design Away from the Cutoff
2.06 - Changing Discipline Practices, Changing Outcomes?
Room: Julia Lee B

Chair: Charisse Gulosino, University of Memphis

Kaitlin P. Anderson, Michigan State University. Disciplining Disability: The Relationship between Disability, Educational Setting, and Student Discipline Outcomes
Ijun Lai, Michigan State University. Short-term Impacts of Chicago’s Suspensions and Expulsions Reduction Plan (SERP)
Lucy C. Sorensen, University at Albany-SUNY. The Effects of Discretionary School Discipline on Student Outcomes. Shawn D. Bushway, University at Albany-SUNY, Elizabeth J. Gifford, Duke University
John Engberg, RAND Corporation. A Randomized Control Trial Evaluation of the Impact of Restorative Practices on Discipline, Attendance, Achievement and Climate. Catherine Augustine, RAND Corporation, Geoff Grimm, RAND Corporation
2.07 - New Estimates of the Impacts of Career and Technical Education
Room: Lester Young A

Chair: Shaun Dougherty, Vanderbilt University

Sade Bonilla, Stanford University. Articulated Career Pathways between High School, Community College and Careers: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from California
Yang An, University of Missouri. High School Teacher-Student Matches and Post-secondary STEM Outcomes
Brian Jacob, University of Michigan. The Utilization and Quality of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from a Funding Change in Michigan. Thomas Goldring, University of Michigan, Daniel Kreisman, Georgia State University
Elizabeth Glennie, RTI International. Promoting Employment Skills to High School Students: Implementation of Florida’s Career and Professional Education Act. Erich Lauff, RTI International, Randy Ottem, RTI International
2.08 - Race, Gender, Class and the Politics of Education Reform
Room: Andy Kirk A

Chair: Bradley Marianno, University of Nevada

Shafiqua Hill, University of Georgia. Thoughts, Prayers, and Policies: Examining the Politics of School Discipline. Richard Welsh, University of Georgia
Richard Paquin Morel, Northwestern University. Racial Group Threat and Opposition to High-Stakes Testing
David M. Houston, Harvard University. Achievement and Growth: The Effects of School District Performance Data on Public Opinion
Rachel S. White, Old Dominion University. Exploring Gendered and Racial Differences in State Policymakers’ Approaches to the Education Policymaking Process. Laura Soulsby, Old Dominion University
2.09 - Federal Financial Aid Programs and Higher Education Act Reauthorization
Room: Andy Kirk B

Chair: Cory Turner, National Public Radio

Policy Maker or Practitioner: Julie Peller, Higher Learning Advocates
Discussants: Doug Webber, Temple University, Dominique Baker, Southern Methodist University, Robert Kelchen, Seton Hall University, Cory Turner, National Public Radio

The federal government currently provides nearly $140 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year amid concerns about rising student loan debt and the overall value proposition of higher education. The Higher Education Act, the main piece of legislation governing the federal role in higher education, is years overdue for reauthorization. There is bipartisan interest in changing the federal financial aid system to better fit the needs of today’s students, simplify the number of grants, loans, and repayment options, and hold colleges more accountable for their outcomes. However, Democrats and Republicans have different visions on how to accomplish their shared goals, leading to the long delay in reauthorization.

In this panel, four experts in federal financial aid will discuss potential changes to the federal financial aid system as well as their promises and pitfalls. The participants are the following:

Doug Webber is an associate professor of economics at Temple University. He will discuss ‘risk sharing’ proposals on federal student loans that are designed to hold colleges accountable for a portion of loans that are not repaid as well as income-driven repayment systems.
Judith Scott-Clayton is an associate professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She will discuss student loan default rates and the relationship between student loan repayment plan designs and college access.
Julie Peller is the executive director of Higher Learning Advocates and previously served as senior policy advisor to the House Education and the Workforce Committee and director of federal policy at the Lumina Foundation. She will discuss potential changes to the federal work-study program.
Robert Kelchen is an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. He will discuss potential changes to federal grant aid programs.
Moderating this panel will be Cory Turner of National Public Radio.