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

AEFP 44th Annual Conference Program

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Concurrent Session V - Friday, March 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am
5.01 - College Participation, Degree Completion and Labor Market Conditions
Room: Big Joe Turner B

Chair: Jonathan Smith, Georgia State University

Benjamin Skinner, University of Virginia. Students with Some College, But No Degree: A Statewide Descriptive Analysis. Benjamin Castleman, University of Virginia, Kelli Bird, University of Virginia, Brett Fischer, University of Virginia
Albert Cheng, University of Arkansas. Experimental Estimates of the Impacts of Customized Economic Information on Adult Aspirations for Children’s Postsecondary Education. Michael B. Henderson, Louisiana State University, Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University, Martin West, Harvard University
Eric R. Eide, Brigham Young University. Why Have College Completion Rates Increased?. Jeffrey T. Denning, Brigham Young University, Merrill Warnick, Brigham Young University
Michael Hurwitz, The College Board. Selection Bias and Consumer Information in Higher Education. CJ Libassi, The College Board, Zachary Mabel, The College Board
5.02 - Inferences in Teacher Evaluation Systems
Room: Lester Young A

Chair: Roddy Theobald, American Institutes for Research

Jane Cooley Fruehwirth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Teacher Effectiveness and Classroom Composition. Esteban Aucejo, Arizona State University, Patrick Coate, NCCI, Sean Patrick Kelly, University of Pittsburgh, Zachary Mozenter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ethan Hutt, University of Maryland- College Park. A Tale of Two Policies: Understanding Teacher Performance Assessments and Inclusion for Teachers and Students with Learning Disabilities. J. Jacob Kirksey, University of California-Santa Barbara, Michael Gottfried, University of California- Santa Barbara
Jason A. Grissom, Vanderbilt University. Investigating Race and Gender Biases in High-stakes Teacher Evaluations. Brendan Bartanen, Vanderbilt University
Nathan Jones, Boston University. Examining the Reliability and Validity of Special Educators’ Observation Scores in High-stakes Evaluation Systems. Courtney Bell, ETS, Mary Brownell, University of Florida, Yi Qi, ETS
5.03 - How Can the Teacher Hiring Process Be Improved?
Room: Lester Young B

Chair: James Wyckoff, University of Virginia

Katherine Key, Georgia State University. Improving Education Quality through the Teacher Hiring Process
Olivia L. Chi, Harvard University. Can a “Big Data” Commercial Screening Tool Help Select Better Teachers?. Matthew A. Lenard, Harvard University
Cyrus Grout, University of Washington. Learning from the Source: Can We Elicit Better Applicant Information Directly from Professional References?. Dan Goldhaber, American Institutes for Research, Malcolm Wolff, University of Washington
5.04 - School Resource Productivity
Room: Jay McShann A

Chair: Steven G. Craig, University of Houston

F. Chris Curran, University of Maryland- Baltimore County. Estimating the Financial Cost to School Districts of Using Teach for America Teachers to Fill Teacher Vacancies: Evidence from a Longitudinal Cost Simulation. Robert Shand, American University
Joydeep Roy, Columbia University. Demographic Winters and Student Performance: Does Cohort Thinning have a Silver Lining?
Paul Thompson, Oregon State University. Does a Day Lost Equal Dollars Saved? The Effects of Four-day School Weeks on School District Expenditures
Stéphane Lavertu, The Ohio State University. School District Expenditures and Student Outcomes: Evidence from District Tax Elections in Eight States. Carolyn Abott, St. John’s University, Vladimir Kogan, The Ohio State University, Zachary Peskowitz, Emory University
5.05 - Innovations in the Estimation of Teacher Effects
Room: Mary Lou Williams A

Chair: Dan Goldhaber, American Institutes for Research

Isaac M. Opper, RAND Corporation. Estimating Value-added Models in the Presence of Multiple Factors. Andrew McEachin, RAND Corporation, Rachel Perera, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Sally Sadoff, UC San Diego. Improving College Instruction through Incentives. Andy Brownback, UC San Diego
Ben Ost, University of Illinois at Chicago. Teacher Birth Cohort and Student Achievement. Nhu Nguyen, University of Illinois at Chicago, Javaeria Qureshi, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jenna Cambria, The University of Kansas. Creating Lifelong Learners: Analyzing How Teachers Affect Students’ Intrinsic Motivation. Elise Swanson, University of Arkansas
5.06 - Does Supplementing the Student Experience Matter?
Room: Mary Lou Williams B

Chair: Kieran M. Killeen, University of Vermont

Jay P. Greene, University of Arkansas. Arts Smarts or Random Visits? Experimental Effects of Multiple Arts Field Trips on Educational Outcomes. Heidi Holmes Erickson, University of Arkansas, Angela R. Watson, University of Arkansas, Molly I. Beck, University of Arkansas
Molly Stewart, Indiana University. Parent Accountability in an Informal Education Market. LeeAnn Sell, Indiana University, Anne-Maree Ruddy, Indiana University, Naomi Byrdo, Indiana University, Pooja Saxena, Indiana University
Molly I. Beck, University of Arkansas. Museum Attendance in Youth: Who Attends and How Often?. Laura M. Crispin, Saint Joseph's University
Jennifer L. Steele, American University. Achievement Effects of Dual Language Immersion Access: Newer Evidence from a Statewide Expansion. Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, University of Utah, Robert O. Slater, American Councils for International Education, Gregg Roberts, American Councils for International Education, Karl Bowman, Utah State Board of Education
5.07 - The Impacts of Testing and Accountability Reforms
Room: Bennie Moten A

Chair: Luke C. Miller, University of Virginia

Philip Gigliotti, University at Albany-SUNY. Illusory Effects of Performance Management: The Case of Contracts for Excellence in New York School Districts. Lucy C. Sorensen, University at Albany-SUNY
Jason Burns, Michigan State University. It Takes a Village: A First Look at Partnership Turnaround Reform in Michigan and Implications for the Educator Workforce. Amy Auletto, Michigan State University, Joshua Cowen, Michigan State University, Katharine Strunk, Michigan State University, Chris Torres, Michigan State University, Sandy Frost Waldron, Michigan State University
Bryant Hopkins, New York University. The Impact of NCLB Waivers on Student Achievement Gaps
Eric A. Hanushek, Stanford University. Testing. Annika B. Bergbauer, University of Munich, Ludger Woessmann, University of Munich
5.08 - School Choice and Desegregation I
Room: Bennie Moten B

Chair: Dave Marcotte, American University

James Carter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Trading Places: Reassignment and Desegregation in Wake County Public Schools. Thurston Domina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Matthew A. Lenard, Harvard University, Andrew McEachin, RAND Corporation, Deven Carlson, Oklahoma University
Brian Kisida, University of Missouri. The Effect of Charter School Growth on School Segregation. Tomas Monarrez, Urban Institute, Matthew Chingos, Urban Institute
Sarah A. Cordes, Temple University. The Impact of Diverse by Design Charter Schools on Student Outcomes: Evidence from New York City, Denver, and California. Priscilla Wohlstetter, Teachers College Columbia University, Jo Smith, University of Oregon, Sakshi Jain, Temple University
5.09 - The Politics and Impacts of Promise Programs
Room: Julia Lee A

Chair: Breno Braga, Urban Institute

Elizabeth Bell, University of Oklahoma. Estimating the Impacts of Tulsa Achieves on Student Outcomes
Ela Joshi, Vanderbilt University. Tennessee’s Promise: The Effect of a State Tuition Program on First Generation Students’ Postsecondary Outcomes
Jenna W. Kramer, Vanderbilt University. The Role of Informational Supports and Resources in the Tuition-free College Transition
Evan Rhinesmith, Saint Louis University. How a Change in Funding Structure of a Broad-based Scholarship Program Affects Student Post-secondary Outcomes. Jonathan N. Mills, University of Arkansas, Katherine Kopotic, University of Arkansas
5.10 - The Varied or Intersecting Ways Students Pay for College
Room: Julia Lee B

Chair: Rajeev Darolia, University of Kentucky

Nicholas A. Wright, Georgia State University. Need-based Financing Policies, College Decision-making, and Labor Market Behavior
Taylor Odle, University of Pennsylvania. Do Promise Programs Reduce Student Loans? Evidence from Tennessee Promise. Jason Lee, Tennessee Board of Regents, Steven Gentile, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Robert Nathenson, University of Pennsylvania. College Savings Behavior of 529 Account Holders: Initial Findings from a Partnership with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department
Tommaso Agasisti, Politecnico di Milano. When the Need Meets Merit: The Role of Merit Requirements in Need-based Student Aid . Veronica Minaya, Teachers College Columbia University
5.11 - Effects of Majors, Institutions, and Post-secondary Programs
Room: Andy Kirk A

Chair: Christopher Jepsen, University College Dublin

Douglas Webber, Temple University. Institution, Major, and Firm-specific Premia: Evidence from Administrative Data. Ben Ost, University of Illinois at Chicago, Weixiang Pan, Georgia State University
Brian H. Kim, University of Virginia. Pathways to Success: Analyzing Program-level Heterogeneity in Broad Labor Market Outcomes for a State Community College System. Benjamin Castleman, University of Virginia, Kelli Bird, University of Virginia
Michael S. Kofoed, United States Military Academy. Do Students Choose Their Major Based on Their Friends?. Susan Payne Carter, United States Military Academy
Sarah Clark McKenzie, University of Arkansas. Examining the Impacts of the El Dorado Promise on Workforce Outcomes. Gary W. Ritter, Saint Louis University, Evan Rhinesmith, Saint Louis University
5.12 - Rural Education Policy: Research for the Future
Room: Andy Kirk B

Chair: Eugenia F. Toma, University of Kentucky

Policy Maker or Practitioner: Brad Homman, Board of Education - Solomon School District (KS)
Discussants: Eugenia F. Toma, University of Kentucky, Kattalina Berriochoa, University of Massachusetts - Boston, Pete Jones, University of Alabama - Birmingham, Jacob Fowles, Kansas University

For decades, policymakers and educators have tried to improve the quality of U.S. schools as a means of enhancing human capital development and economic growth. To a large degree, research and policy attention have been concentrated on urban areas. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, as of 2017, rural areas rank last in adult male employment and adults with a college degree among the five major population groupings (big cities, suburbs, medium or small metro areas, rural areas). Rural areas lead the nation in a number of undesirable outcomes: they are first in teen pregnancy and divorce rates, rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and chronic lung disease mortality. Furthermore, rural communities have been largely left behind in the recovery from the Great Recession. Metro areas experienced employment growth of 4.8% from 2008 to 2016, while rural areas experienced a 2.4% decrease in employment over the same period, per the New York Times.

With respect to schools, the research and policy attention have focused almost entirely on urban areas as illustrated by such reforms as school choice policies (charter schools, vouchers, etc.), school busing, redistricting, and hybrid high schools and post secondary institutions. Much of the recent emphasis on turn-around schools also is focused in urban areas such as Detroit or Memphis. Most of these reform efforts depend upon the availability of a large set of schools or easy access to post secondary institutions.

The purpose of this panel will be to raise awareness about rural education and its lack of attention in both the research and policy worlds. It will be a call for work for the future.

5.13 - AEFP Pre-doctoral Scholars
Room: Yard Bird A

The Association for Education Finance and Policy is launching a new program targeted for current undergraduate or masters-level students from traditionally underrepresented populations to pursue further graduate work and careers in education policy, research, and finance.

The AEFP Pre-Doctorate Fellows program will take place March 21-23, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri at AEFP’s 44th Annual Conference. Researchers will present on topics such as financial aid and student debt in higher education, K-12 school choice and accountability, and addressing inequality in education systems. In addition, Fellows will have professional development sessions about applying to graduate school and career development.