Course Number: 90-881
This course covers current topics in K-12 education policy, including test-based accountability, school choice, charter schools and teacher merit pay. We begin with an introduction to research methods in education that is designed to help students discriminate between good evidence and bad evidence. Readings for each class will be a mix of academic research and policy writing. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with current issues in education policy and to help them become informed consumers (or producers) of policy-relevant research in education.
While there are no formal prerequisites for the course, students should be comfortable with basic statistical and economic reasoning, and should be able to engage with both academic research papers and policy writing in the field of education. Grading will be based on class participation, a final exam and a short reaction paper.