Measuring and Creating Excellence in Schools

Measuring performance—of students, teachers, schools, and entire school systems—has emerged as a critical tool for innovative educational institutions, and a point of emphasis for the current administration in Washington. Yet evaluation is difficult and also very costly, so it’s critically important to do it right—picking the right outcomes, measuring them properly, and using the results to improve the quality of education.
In this half-day meeting, we brought together educational leaders from New York City’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors for an exchange of ideas on how to apply evaluation effectively.


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Thursday, May 6, 2010
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Time Event
8:00–8:25 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:25–8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome by Ray Fisman (video on YouTube)
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise; and
Director, Social Enterprise Program
Columbia Business School

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: "Accountability: What's It Really All About?"

Joel Klein (video on YouTube)
New York City Department of Education

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: "What Makes Charter Schools Effective?"
(30 minute presentation, 30 minutes discussion)

Caroline Hoxby (video on YouTube)
Scott & Donya Bommer Professor of Economics
Stanford University

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:30–11:30 a.m.

"Using Teacher Evaluation to Improve School Performance"
(15 minute presentations each, 30 minutes discussion)
(video on YouTube)

Jonah Rockoff
Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Douglas Staiger
John French Professor in Economics
Dartmouth College

11:30–12:45 p.m.

"Scaling up—building successful schools in New York City and New York State"
(45 minute presentation, 30 minutes discussion)
(video on YouTube)

John King
Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education
New York State Department of Education

James Liebman
Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law
Columbia Law School; and
former Chief Accountability Officer
New York City Department of Education

12:45–1:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Wrap-up of Discussion

Emary Aronson (video on YouTube)
Managing Director of Education
Robin Hood Foundation

1:00–2:00 p.m.


Executive Directors who would like to attend future forums can contact: [email protected].

Research Report

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Joel Klein

Caroline Hoxby

Using Teacher Evaluation to Improve School Performance - Jonah Rockoff

Jonah Rockoff presentation (PPS)

Using Teacher Evaluation to Improve School Performance - Douglas Staiger

James Liebman