MDRC Experts Presenting at Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, March 11-14


MDRC will be well-represented at the Spring Conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), “Practical Significance and Meaningful Effects: Learning and Communicating What Matters, held in Crystal City, Virginia, on March 11-14, 2020.

Rekha Balu, Director of MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science, serves on the SREE Board, and Michael Weiss, MDRC Senior Associate, is the incoming editor of SREE’s Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. MDRC Senior Associate Rebecca Unterman chairs this year’s conference section on Organization of Schools and Systems.

MDRC experts will be featured in the following sessions:

Thursday, March 12

8:00-9:30 AM

Symposium: Helping Students Rise to the Challenge: What We Are Learning from College Access and Success Programs

Salon 1-3

  • Organizer: Shazia Miller, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Synthesizing a Decade of Experimental Research on CUNY’s ASAP: Michael Weiss, Colleen Sommo, Dan Cullinan, and Michelle Manno, MDRC
  • Impact of College Advising on Non‐Academic Outcomes in Young Adults: Follow‐up to the 2014‐ 2015 Bottom Line RCT: Ann Kearns Davoren, NORC at the University of Chicago; Ben Castleman, University of Virginia; Andrew Barr, Texas A&M University; Karen Grigorian, NORC at the University of Chicago; Christopher Wong, NORC at the University of Chicago; and Shana Brown, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Increasing Degree Attainment of Low‐Income Community College Students: Preliminary Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial: Marianne Bertrand, Kelly Hallberg, Kenneth Hofmeister, and Brittany Morgan, University of Chicago
  • Discussant: Jon Baron, Arnold Ventures

9:45-11:15 AM

Symposium: The Longer-Term Effects of Early Childhood Education

Salon 6

  • Organizer: William Gormley, Georgetown University
  • The Long-Run Achievement Impacts of Early Head Start: Evidence from Program Roll-Out: Jennifer Duer and Jade Jenkins, University of California, Irvine
  • Does Early Childhood Education Help to Improve High School Outcomes? Results from Tulsa: Sara Anderson, Child Trends; William Gormley, Georgetown University; Amy Claessens, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Katherine Magnuson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Katelyn Romm, West Virginia University
  • Quantifying and Predicting Variation in the Medium-Term Effects of Oversubscribed Prekindergarten Programs: Rebecca Unterman, MDRC, and Christina Weiland, University of Michigan
  • Discussant: Todd Grindal, SRI International

9:45-11:15 AM

Paper Session: Exploring Alternative Approaches to High School/Postsecondary Transitions

Studio F

  • Chair: Mike Weiss, MDRC
  • Orders by Email: Experimental Evidence of Targeted Communications on Short-Term Enrollment Effects for Active Post 9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries: Dennis Kramer, U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences and University of Florida; Rekha Balu, U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences and MDRC; and Daniel Klasik, University of North Carolina
  • The Impact of Early Colleges on Students’ Postsecondary Degree Completion: Julie A. Edmunds, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Fatih Unlu, RAND Corporation; and Elizabeth Glennie, RTI International
  • The Consequences of High School Exit Examinations for Students’ Life Outcomes: John Papay, Brown University; Ann Mantil, Brown University; and Richard Murnane, Harvard University
  • Online Credit Recovery: Implementation and Initial Impact of a Prevalent Practice: Jordan Rickles, Rui Yang, Peggy Clements, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes, and Jessica Heppen, American Institutes for Research

2:00-3:30 PM

Symposium: Exploring Heterogeneity in Children’s Classroom Experiences: Identifying the Features of Early Childhood Instruction that Matter Most for Students

Studio B

  • Organizer: Meghan McCormick, MDRC
  • Linking Instructional Aspects of Children’s Early Classroom Learning Experiences to Student Outcomes in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Michelle Maier, MDRC; Meghan McCormick, MDRC; Samantha Xia, MDRC; Christina Weiland, MDRC; JoAnn Hsueh, MDRC; Jason Sachs, Boston Public Schools; and Catherine Snow, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Children’s Individual Experiences in Kindergarten and Preschool Fadeout: Kelly Purtell, Hui Jiang, Laura Justice, Tzu-Jung Lin, and Jessica Logan, Ohio State University
  • Prekindergarten Classroom Organization: Variation Across Children in the Same Classroom and Relations to Learning Gains: Lillie Moffett, Amanda Weissman, and Christina Weiland, University of Michigan
  • Observed Classroom Practices in Relation to Differential Gains in Kindergarten and First Grade: Mary Bratsch-Hines, Margaret Burchinal, Rose Bryne, University of North Carolina
  • Discussant: JoAnn Hsueh, MDRC

2:00 3:30 PM

Paper Session: Causal Evidence on Impact of Programs Aiming to Boost Postsecondary Success

Salon 7

  • Chair: Corinne Alfeld, U.S. Department of Education
  • Gaining Ground: Findings from the Dana Center Mathematics Pathway Impact Study: Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, MDRC; Susan Sepanik, MDRC; Victoria Deitch, MDRC; Julia Raufman, Community College Research Center (CCRC); Dominique Dukes, MDRC; and Adnan Moussa, CCRC
  • Basic Writers and the Challenges of Writing from Sources: Experimental Study of a Strategy Instruction Approach: Charles MacArthur, University of Delaware; Zoi Traga Philippakos, University of Tennessee; Henry May, University of Delaware; and Jill Compello, University of Delaware
  • Evaluation of a Multiple Measures Placement System Using Data Analytics: Final Impact Findings: Elisabeth Barnett, CCRC; Peter Bergman; Elizabeth Kopko, CCRC; Dan Cullinan, MDRC; and Clive Belfield, CCRC
  • The Effects of a Comprehensive College Transition Program on Psychosocial Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial: Elise Swanson, University of Southern California; Tatiana Melguizo, University of Southern California; Francisco Martorell, University of California-Davis; and Adrianna Kezar, University of Southern California

Friday, March 13

8:00-9:30 AM

Symposium: Access and Choice in Pre-K: Examining Patterns of Application and Enrollment in Large Urban Cities

Studio D

  • Organizer: Amanda Stein, Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • If You Offer It, Will They Come? Patterns of Application and Enrollment Behavior in a Universal Prekindergarten Context: Anna Shapiro, University of Michigan; Eleanor Martin, University of Michigan; Chris Weiland, University of Michigan; and Rebecca Unterman, MDRC
  • How a Study of Pre-K Access and Enrollment in One Large District Informs Questions of Equity: Maia Connors, Ounce of Prevention Fund; Stacy Ehrlich, NORC at the University of Chicago; John Francis, NORC at the University of Chicago; Amanda Stein, Ounce of Prevention Fund; John Easton, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research; and Sarah Kabourek, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Choosing Children’s First School Settings: The Role of Program and Family Characteristics: Rachel Abenavoli, Elizabeth Miller, Christopher Rodrigues, and Pamela Morris, New York University
  • Effects of Public Quality Ratings on Parents’ Early Childhood Program Preferences: Lindsay Weixler, Tulane University; Matthew Larsen, Lafayette College; and Catherine Balfe, Tulane University
  • Discussant: Chloe Gibbs, University of Notre Dame

2:45-4:15 PM

Symposium: Building Causal Evidence for Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Studio F

  • Organizer: Corinne Alfeld, Institute of Education Sciences
  • An Early Look at the Factors Driving Variation in CTE Program Impacts: James Kemple, New York University; Rebecca Unterman, MDRC; and Shaun Dougherty, Vanderbilt University
  • The P-TECH Model of Schools: High School Impacts from the NYC P-TECH Experience: Rachel Rosen, Crystal Byndloss, and Leigh Parise, MDRC
  • The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System: Eric J. Brunner, University of Connecticut; Shaun Dougherty, Vanderbilt University; and Stephen Ross, University of Connecticut
  • Discussant: Julie Edmunds, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4:45-6:15 PM

Invited Symposium: Lottery-Based Evaluations of Early Education Programs: Opportunities and Challenges

Salon 1-3

  • Organizer: Christina Weiland, University of Michigan
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Using Lotteries for Oversubscribed Boston Prekindergarten Programs to Estimate Causal Impacts: Christina Weiland, University of Michigan; Rebecca Unterman, MDRC; Meghan McCormick, MDRC; JoAnn Hsueh, MDRC; Anna Shapiro, University of Michigan; Catherine Snow, Harvard University; and Jason Sachs, BPS
  • Using the New Orleans Early Childhood Education Lottery to Design Causal Impact Studies: Lindsay Weixler, Tulane University; Jane Lincove, University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Jon Valant, Brookings Institution
  • Lottery Structures for Admission to Public Montessori Preschool Programs: Promises and Challenges for Research: Karen Manship, Ann-Marie Faria, and Juliette Berg, American Institutes for Research
  • Leveraging Pre-K Application Lotteries to Evaluate Teacher Professional Development: Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages: Rachel Abenavoli, New York University; Pamela Morris, New York University; Rebecca Unterman, MDRC; and Elise Cappella, New York University

6:15-7:15 PM

Research Methods: Evening Poster Session

Foyer Group B

  • Everything in Moderation: Using Proximal and Distal Measures to Forecast the Long-term Impacts of Math Interventions: Daniela Alvarez-Vargas, Sirui Wan, and Drew Bailey, University of California, Irvine
  • Estimating Statistical Power When Making Adjustments for Multiple Tests: Design and Software Extensions: Kristin Porter, Deni Chen, and Zarni Htet, MDRC
  • READS for Summer Learning: A Case Study on Systematic Replication: Sarah Peko-Spicer, Northwestern University
  • Structural Model Fit and Construct Reliability: A Monte Carlo Examination of Available Methods: Graham G. Rifenbark, University of Kansas; D. Betsy McCoach, University of Connecticut; and H. Jane Rogers, University of Connecticut
  • Using Multisite Instrumental Variables to Estimate Treatment Effects and Treatment Effect Heterogeneity: Christopher Runyon, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Pooling Standardized Test Scores Across States: Using NAEP to Standardize and Rescale: Ying Liu, Janet Li, Anna Saavedra, and Shira Korn, University of Southern California

Saturday, March 14

9:00-10:30 AM

Panel: Making Sense of Developmental Education Reform: What Does the Evidence Tell Us, and What Does it Mean for Practice?

Studio D

  • Moderator: Thomas Brock, Community College Research Center
  • Nikki Edgecombe, Community College Research Center
  • Katie Hern, California Acceleration Project
  • Alex Mayer, MDRC
  • Donna Linderman, City University of New York
  • Sharon Morrissey, Virginia Community College System