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Joint Center for Education Research

​An integral resource for NORC’s Education and Child Development Studies department, the Joint Center for Education Research (JCER) coordinates research activities with the University of Chicago faculty from the Committee on Education and other academic units as well as with education researchers at research institutes affiliated with the University of Chicago. University faculty members affiliated with the JCER are drawn from the departments of Sociology, Economics, Psychology, and Comparative Human Development; the Irving B. Harris Graduate School for Public Policy Studies, and the School of Social Service Administration.  JCER affiliates also include prominent researchers from University-based research organizations including the Consortium on Chicago School Research and the Urban Education Institute, Chapin Hall, and the Center for Evaluation of Mathematics and Science Education. 

 

The JCER seeks both to provide a home at NORC for faculty-initiated and directed grant-based research projects and also to include University of Chicago faculty and researchers in expert advisory roles within NORC contract-based education projects conducted for federal and state agencies and private foundations.

 

A project that exemplifies this collaborative work is Improving Children’s Early Math Skills: From the Classroom to the Lab and Back, which is supported by the Foundation for Child Development, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. A team of co-investigators from NORC, the University of Chicago’s Committee on Education, the Urban Education Institute, and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, is creating instructionally relevant tools for assessing the literacy and math skills of children from ages three through four. These new tools will integrate and connect with existing K-3 tools used in over 100 schools throughout the country.

 

NORC’s recent project Evaluation the Growth Model Pilot Project for the U.S. Department of Education exemplified the use of leading academic experts from the University of Chicago and elsewhere to help guide a study’s design and the analyses of the data collected. The project drew on states’ longitudinal data systems to assess the impact of using measures of students’ growth in reading and mathematics achievement for school accountability purposes.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
    • K-12 Student Achievement
    • STEM Policy and Education
    • School effectiveness and accountability
    • Teachers and Teaching
    • Transitions from Schools to College and the Workforce
    • Access to Higher Education
    • Higher Education Degree Attainmen

Major Capabilities

  • Education Policy and Program Evaluation Research
  • Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Data Analysis, Report Writing, and Dissemination
  • Education Survey Design and Analysis
 

Headlines

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Published Research "New Evidence about Language and Cognitive Development Based on a Longitudinal Study: Hypotheses for Intervention.", Goldin-Meadow, S., Levine, S.C., Hedges, L.V., Huttenlocher, J., Raudenbush, S.W. and Small, S.L., 2014 More
Posted: 9.15.2014 11:21AM
Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "Understanding Treatment Effects Heterogeneities Using Multi-Site Regression Discontinuity Designs: Example from a 'Double-Dose' Algebra Study in Chicago.", Nomi, T. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2012 More
Posted: 9.19.2012 10:03AM
Published Research "Can School Improvement Reduce Racial Inequality?", Raudenbush, S.W., 2012 More
Posted: 7.3.2012 9:14AM
Published Research "Passing Muster: Evaluating Teacher Evaluation Systems.", Glazerman, S., Goldhaber, D., Loeb, S., Raudenbush, S.W., Staiger, D.O. and Whitehurst, G.J., 2011 More
Posted: 5.18.2012 10:41AM
News UChicago News: NORC Senior Fellow Stephen W. Raudenbush elected to National Academy of Sciences More
Posted: 5.10.2012 4:36PM
Published Research "The Brown Legacy and the O’Connor Challenge: Transforming Schools in the Images of Children's Potential.", Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 3.21.2012 3:35PM
Published Research "An Examination of the Precision and Technical Accuracy of the First Wave of Group-Randomized Trials Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.", Spybrook, J. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 3.21.2012 3:24PM
Published Research "Assumptions of Value-Added Models for Estimating School Effects.", Reardon, S.F. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 3.21.2012 3:16PM
Published Research "Converging Evidence for Neighborhood Effects on Children’s Test Scores: An Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Observational Comparison.", Burdick-Will, J., Ludwig, J., Raudenbush, S.W., Sampson, R.J., Sanbonmatsu, L. and Sharkey, P., 2011 More
Posted: 2.23.2012 10:29AM
Published Research "Year-by-Year and Cumulative Impacts of Attending a High-Mobility Elementary School on Children’s Mathematics Achievement in Chicago, 1995 to 2005.", Raudenbush, S.W., Marshall, J. and Art, E., 2011 More
Posted: 2.23.2012 10:27AM
Published Research "The Pace of Vocabulary Growth Helps Predict Later Vocabulary Skill.", Rowe, M.L., Raudenbush, S.W. and Goldin-Meadow, S., 2012 More
Posted: 2.22.2012 9:59AM
Published Research "Seeing Disorder: Neighborhood Stigma and the Social Construction of 'Broken Windows.'", Sampson, R.J. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2004 More
Posted: 2.15.2012 4:32PM
Published Research "Understanding Educational Resilience: Evidence from Phase One of the Success Study of the Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program.", Wolniak, G.C., Rude, J.D., Gebhardt, Z. and Hoffer, T.B., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.8.2011 2:17PM

News

News NORC Senior Fellow Stephen W. Raudenbush elected to National Academy of Sciences More
Posted: 5.10.2012 4:36PM

Events

Publications

"New Evidence about Language and Cognitive Development Based on a Longitudinal Study: Hypotheses for Intervention.", Goldin-Meadow, S., Levine, S.C., Hedges, L.V., Huttenlocher, J., Raudenbush, S.W. and Small, S.L., 2014 More
Posted: 9.15.2014 11:21AM
"Understanding Treatment Effects Heterogeneities Using Multi-Site Regression Discontinuity Designs: Example from a 'Double-Dose' Algebra Study in Chicago.", Nomi, T. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2012 More
Posted: 9.19.2012 10:03AM
"Can School Improvement Reduce Racial Inequality?", Raudenbush, S.W., 2012 More
Posted: 7.3.2012 9:14AM
"Passing Muster: Evaluating Teacher Evaluation Systems.", Glazerman, S., Goldhaber, D., Loeb, S., Raudenbush, S.W., Staiger, D.O. and Whitehurst, G.J., 2011 More
Posted: 5.18.2012 10:41AM
"The Brown Legacy and the O’Connor Challenge: Transforming Schools in the Images of Children's Potential.", Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 3.21.2012 3:35PM
"An Examination of the Precision and Technical Accuracy of the First Wave of Group-Randomized Trials Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.", Spybrook, J. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 3.21.2012 3:24PM
"Assumptions of Value-Added Models for Estimating School Effects.", Reardon, S.F. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 3.21.2012 3:16PM
"Converging Evidence for Neighborhood Effects on Children’s Test Scores: An Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Observational Comparison.", Burdick-Will, J., Ludwig, J., Raudenbush, S.W., Sampson, R.J., Sanbonmatsu, L. and Sharkey, P., 2011 More
Posted: 2.23.2012 10:29AM
"Year-by-Year and Cumulative Impacts of Attending a High-Mobility Elementary School on Children’s Mathematics Achievement in Chicago, 1995 to 2005.", Raudenbush, S.W., Marshall, J. and Art, E., 2011 More
Posted: 2.23.2012 10:27AM
"The Pace of Vocabulary Growth Helps Predict Later Vocabulary Skill.", Rowe, M.L., Raudenbush, S.W. and Goldin-Meadow, S., 2012 More
Posted: 2.22.2012 9:59AM
"Seeing Disorder: Neighborhood Stigma and the Social Construction of 'Broken Windows.'", Sampson, R.J. and Raudenbush, S.W., 2004 More
Posted: 2.15.2012 4:32PM
"Understanding Educational Resilience: Evidence from Phase One of the Success Study of the Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program.", Wolniak, G.C., Rude, J.D., Gebhardt, Z. and Hoffer, T.B., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.8.2011 2:17PM
"Adaptive Centering with Random Effects: An Alternative to the Fixed Effects Model for Studying Time-Varying Treatments in School Settings." , Raudenbush, S.W., 2009 More
Posted: 10.24.2011 11:07AM
"Perspectives on Private Schools.", Hoffer, T.B., 2009 More
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM

Contacts

Thomas B. Hoffer

(773) 256-6097

Senior Staff

Thomas B. Hoffer

Thomas B. Hoffer
Senior Fellow and Director, Joint Center for Education Research