Tag Archives: Will Dobbie

Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Elite high schools and peer effects

Do elite high school produce elite results…over and above what would be expected from the fact that students admitted to elite high schools are academically gifted? Will Dobbie and Roland Fryer looked at three New York City high schools where … Continue reading

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The Promise Academy and mid-term results

Will Dobbie and Roland Fryer return with a new look at medium-term results of charter schools, most specifically the Harlem Promise Academy. Most evaluation of education policy looks at test scores, in part because they’re easily measurable. This is subject to … Continue reading

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Should we franchise the Teach for America admissions office?

Most research suggests that objectively observable characteristics of teachers, things like SAT scores, don’t contribute a whole lot toward predicting who will be a good teacher. Will Dobbie has found that characteristics measured by Teach For America do say quite … Continue reading

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Macro versus micro factors in fixing education

In “Getting Beneath the Veil of Effective Schools,” Will Dobbie and Roland Fryer measure how the effectiveness of 35 charter schools in New York City is correlated with the kind of big picture (macro) reform measures that politicians and most … Continue reading

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Elite exam schools

In what’s been described as “dueling papers,” two competing sets of researchers measured the extra boost students get from attending an elite “exam school” such as Bronx High School of Science or Boston Latin. Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua D. Angrist, and … Continue reading

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School or community?

Can excellent schools lift-up poor kids, or is community-based intervention also necessary? New research by Will Dobbie and Roland Fryer suggests that schools can do the job. The researchers looked at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where the Promise Academy offers … Continue reading

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