Sara Goldrick-Rab in Inside Higher Ed

February 17, 2011

Sara Goldrick-Rab finds that high school graduates of lower socioeconomic status are more likely to delay college and to experience longer gaps, and are less likely to graduate (Inside Higher Ed, 17 Feb.)

Reclaiming Assessment

February 15, 2011

Effective assessment practices are more likely to take place in schools with higher achievement.

Bolstering Achievement at Minority Serving Institutions

February 14, 2011

Clifton Conrad and colleague Marybeth Gasman study “models of success” that help students finish their degrees at minority-serving institutions.

Steve Kimball in the Wisconsin State Journal

February 13, 2011

Steve Kimball says some reform ideas proposed now by a state teachers’ union could have helped win Race to the Top funds (Wisconsin State Journal, 13 Feb.).

Madeline Hafner in the Capital Times

February 9, 2011

Minority Student Achievement Network director Madeline Hafner comments on the Madison’s school district’s efforts to close the achievement gap (Capital Times, 9 Feb.).

Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know

February 7, 2011

In a newly published book, Douglas Harris sets out to help educators and policy makers understand the complex subject of value-added measurement.

Managing the Human Resource System in Schools

January 31, 2011

A new book by Allan Odden offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to address what is known as “talent and human capital.”

John Rudolph on the Journal Sentinel

January 26, 2011

John Rudolph comments on Wisconsin’s performance in the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan.)

Beth Graue in the Badger Herald

January 26, 2011

Beth Graue counters arguments from a Wisconsin state senator who wants to end the expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten (Badger Herald, 25 Jan.)

Douglas Harris in Education Week

January 26, 2011

Douglas Harris discusses how economists and educators can find common ground in the debate over value-added assessment (Education Week, 26 Jan., registration required).

Evaluating Literacy Instruction in Milwaukee

January 24, 2011

Staff from the Value-Added Research Center are evaluating The Milwaukee Community Literacy Project (MCLP).

Allan Odden on

January 21, 2011

Allan Odden is helping Wyoming lawmakers set up a statewide system to measure school accountability (, 21 Jan.).

Richard Halverson on the Journal Sentinel

January 15, 2011

Richard Halverson says instructional materials in digital form will allow schools to choose their resources from multiple vendors that best fit their needs, rather than depending on the monolithic textbooks (Journal Sentinel, 15 Jan.).

Comparing Adequacy Across 50 States

January 15, 2011

Until now, no one has tried to estimate the costs of educational adequacy across all 50 states using a common method applied in a consistent manner. UW-Madison education professor Allan Odden and colleagues have realized that goal.

Research Into Practice

January 10, 2011

WCER researcher Susan Millar works to harness the power of computer games to help diabetes patients better manage their illness.