Jackson Cited in Washington Post

Jackson Cited in Washington Post

Kirabo JacksonSchool of Education and Social Policy labor economist Kirabo Jackson discussed the unexpected benefits of declining dropout rates in the Washington Post’s end-of-year recap of the 2017 education landscape.

The list of best – and worst – news is annually compiled by California English and social studies teacher Larry Ferlazzo, who conversed with Jackson via Twitter.

“Jackson points out that this positive development (of declining drop out rates) also has an often-unreported effect on standardized test scores,” wrote Ferlazzo, the author of numerous books on education, a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and a popular resource-sharing blog.

“While various test scores used to label schools might not be increasing rapidly, that ‘slow’ growth coincides with that substantial reduction of the dropout rates across all ethnic groups,” Ferlazzo wrote. “So the overall student population taking the tests now has different, and more challenging, characteristics than the student population that formerly took the test.”

Jackson, a professor of human development and social policy and a faculty fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research, has analyzed several important aspects of education policy such as the importance of public school funding on student outcomes through adulthood, the effects of college-preparatory programs on students’ college and labor market outcomes, the effects of educational tracking on students’ academic achievement, and the effects of single-sex education on students’ academic performance.

The bulk of Jackson’s work, however, has focused on better understanding teacher labor markets: His extensive work on teachers analyzes the role of peer learning in teacher effectiveness, how student demographics directly affect the distribution of teacher quality across schools, how a teacher’s effectiveness depends on the schooling context within which they operate, how best to measure teacher quality, and other related topics.   

Read the full story, “The best -- and worst -- education news of 2017.”

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 12/20/17