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2019 MIT School Access and Quality Summit

November 11, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern

Overview

The 2019 School Access and Quality Summit will convene social science researchers and K-12 practitioners for a thoughtful discussion on how to measure and improve school performance.

Participants will attend conference sessions, workshops, and group activities that explore some of the most pressing questions around school quality: what is the best way to measure school quality? What measures do parents and students value most? How can schools and districts communicate school quality to the public?

Through these conversations, we hope to spark long-term partnerships and prompt continuous interaction between rigorous research and policy design, implementation, and evaluation.

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November 11, 2019
Welcome RemarksMeasuring SuccessBlueprint Access and Quality UpdateLightning Round: K-12 School Performance FrameworksResearch and Policy Breakout Session: The Right Information at the Right Time: Communicating about School Quality with FamiliesResearch and Policy Breakout Session: Iterative Assessment to Improve Preschool Math InstructionResearch and Policy Breakout Session: The Stanford Education Data Archive: Measuring Academic Performance and Learning Rates in Every School in AmericaResearch and Policy Breakout Session: Can Successful Schools Replicate? Scaling Up Boston's Charter School SectorResearch and Policy Breakout Session: Accountability Innovation in LouisianaResearch and Policy Breakout Session: Federalism, Race, and the Politics of Turnaround: U.S. Public Opinion on Improving Low-Performing Schools Lightning Round: K-12 School Performance FrameworksCase Consultancy WorkshopsReception
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Welcome Remarks

November 11, 2019

9:30 - 9:45 am

Speakers

  • Carrie Conaway
    Senior Lecturer on Education

    Harvard University Graduate School of Education

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Measuring Success

November 11, 2019

9:45 - 10:20 am

Speakers

  • Christopher Cerf
    Former Superintendent, Newark Public Schools

    Former New Jersey State Commissioner of Education

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Blueprint Access and Quality Update

November 11, 2019

10:45 - 11:45 am

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Lightning Round: K-12 School Performance Frameworks

November 11, 2019

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Speakers

  • Jeffrey Broom
    Director of School Quality and Measurement Research

    Chicago Public Schools

  • Salma Khan
    Director of GreatPhillySchools

    Philadelphia School Partnership

  • Vivian Lee
    Chief of Policy

    Kids First Chicago

  • Nnenna Ogbu
    Performance Data Manager for the Office of Innovation

    Atlanta Public Schools

  • Jill Zimmerman
    Executive Director, Strategic Analytics and Accountability

    Louisiana Department of Education

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Research and Policy Breakout Session: The Right Information at the Right Time: Communicating about School Quality with Families

November 11, 2019

In unified enrollment cities, the choice process offers more opportunities than ever for parents and families to decide where their child attends using the information available to them. How should school finders embed quality information to support these decisions? What data defines quality and what is the most digestible format for stakeholders? In this session, leaders from Camden, Chicago, and Oakland will outline their cities’ efforts to ensure parents have timely, relevant information about school quality to support their decision making.

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Speakers

  • Martin West
    William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education

    Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Tameeka Mason
    Executive Director

    Camden Enrollment

  • Luis Rodriguez
    Executive Director

    Oakland Enrolls

  • Courtney Hill
    Director of Marketing and Organization Communication

    Chicago Public Schools

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Research and Policy Breakout Session: Iterative Assessment to Improve Preschool Math Instruction

November 11, 2019

Socioeconomic disparities in math proficiency are observable when children enter kindergarten, and these disparities persist through the school years. Cognitive science suggests that this social inequality depends upon specific skills that all normally-developing children ages three to five can learn. Steve and coauthors designed a procedure that enables teachers to assess the skills of each child and tailor instruction to child-specific levels of skill. The procedure is iterative: assess, teach, re-assess, and teach, with three assessments per school year. Children in classrooms randomly assigned to this procedure gained substantially more in numerical proficiency. The program did not delay the growth in print literacy and, perhaps surprisingly, increased verbal proficiency.

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Speakers

  • Stephen Raudenbush
    Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor

    University of Chicago

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Research and Policy Breakout Session: The Stanford Education Data Archive: Measuring Academic Performance and Learning Rates in Every School in America

November 11, 2019

The Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA) is an initiative aimed at harnessing data to help scholars, policymakers, educators, and parents learn how to improve educational opportunity for all children. SEDA data are publicly available (https://edopportunity.org), and include measures of average academic performance and learning rates for most public schools and districts in the country. The measures are placed on a common national scale, making it possible to compare of educational opportunity and school effectiveness across the U.S. Sean will describe the construction and interpretation of measures included in SEDA, as well as some of the patterns evident in the data.

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Speakers

  • Sean Reardon
    Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education

    Stanford University

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Research and Policy Breakout Session: Can Successful Schools Replicate? Scaling Up Boston's Charter School Sector

November 11, 2019

Can schools that boost student outcomes reproduce their success at new campuses? Elizabeth and her coauthors study a policy reform that allowed effective charter schools in Boston to replicate their school models at new locations. Estimates show that replication charter schools generate large achievement gains on par with those produced by their parent campuses. The average effectiveness of Boston’s charter middle school sector increased after the reform despite a doubling of charter market share. An exploration of mechanisms suggest the highly standardized practices in place at charter schools may facilitate replicability.

2:15 - 3:00 pm

Speakers

  • Elizabeth Setren
    Elizabeth Setren

    Blueprint Labs

  • Alison Bagg
    Director of the Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign

    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Research and Policy Breakout Session: Accountability Innovation in Louisiana

November 11, 2019

Louisiana is exploring new and innovative measures of school quality. These measures include a high school “promotion power model” developed in partnership with Mathematica to measure the effect individual high schools have on student long-term outcomes such as graduation, credential attainment, college enrollment and persistence, and workplace earnings. Louisiana is also developing the “interests and opportunities” measure of how schools provide equitable access to enriching experiences. This session will explore how Louisiana is pursuing these innovations and why innovation is needed.

2:15 - 3:00 pm

Speakers

  • Jill Zimmerman
    Executive Director, Strategic Analytics and Accountability

    Louisiana Department of Education

  • Brian Gill
    Senior Fellow

    Mathemetica

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Research and Policy Breakout Session: Federalism, Race, and the Politics of Turnaround: U.S. Public Opinion on Improving Low-Performing Schools

November 11, 2019

Public support for school improvement policies can increase the success and durability of those reforms. However, little is known about public views on turnaround. Beth and coauthors deployed questions and embedded experiments in a nationally representative 2017 survey to uncover opinions regarding (a) which level of government should lead turnaround and (b) state takeover of troubled districts.

2:15 - 3:00 pm

Speakers

  • Beth Schueler
    Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy

    University of Virginia

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Lightning Round: K-12 School Performance Frameworks

November 11, 2019

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Speakers

  • Mary Dillman
    Executive Director of Data and Accountability

    Boston Public Schools

  • Justin Oliver
    Executive Director, Accountability, Research, and Evaluation

    Denver Public Schools

  • Sarah Martin
    Deputy Executive Director, Office of School Performance

    NYCDOE

  • Norma Ming
    Supervisor of Research

    San Francisco Unified School District

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Case Consultancy Workshops

November 11, 2019

3:45 - 5:30 pm

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Reception

November 11, 2019

265 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139

5:30 pm
MIT Museum