Congressional Briefing - February 18, 2015

Reauthorizing ESEA: Congress' Role in Improving Assessments, Accountability, and Teaching Effectiveness

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)
Washington, D.C.

*A limited number of lunches will be provided*

About the Program

Will 2015 be the year Congress is finally able to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? Debate continues over some of the law's key components, including the appropriate federal role in mandating annual assessments, leveraging state accountability, and maximizing teaching effectiveness.

Research from the RAND Corporation can help answer the difficult questions confronting federal policymakers as they work to reauthorize ESEA, better known as No Child Left Behind.

Join RAND experts as they discuss

  • how to balance the burdens of testing with the benefits of measuring student learning;
  • the limitations of current accountability policies and how a reauthorized ESEA can promote more effective policies; and
  • how to measure and promote high-quality teaching and support school improvement.

About the Speakers

Brian Stecher is a senior social scientist and an associate director of RAND Education. Stecher focuses on measuring educational quality and evaluating education reforms, with a particular emphasis on assessment and accountability systems. He has directed prominent national and state evaluations of No Child Left Behind, mathematics and science systemic reforms, and class size reduction.

Laura Hamilton is a senior behavioral scientist and an associate director of RAND Education. Hamilton’s research addresses educational assessment, accountability, the measurement and evaluation of instruction and school leadership, and the use of data for instructional decision making. She serves on several state and national panels on topics related to assessment, accountability, educator evaluation, and data use, and recently was a chair of a What Works Clearinghouse panel on data-driven decision making.

John Engberg is a senior economist at RAND. Engberg's work examines teacher and school performance and the workings of teacher labor markets. He has directed local, state and national evaluations, implementing advanced statistical methods to distinguish policy and program impact from confounding factors. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, as well as several private foundations, and published in leading economics, policy and education journals.

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