Susan Dynarski was interviewed by The 74, a non-profit news site (named after the 74 million American children under the age of 18) that covers pressing topics in domestic education.
The interview, conducted by senior staff writer Matt Barnum, covers a broad range of topics, including the importance of data in the field of education; the chief legacy of No Child Left Behind; translating research for policymakers, practitioners, and the public; what we’ve learned from recent charter school evaluations; Dynarski’s new measure of student disadvantage; the impact--or lack therof--of Michigan's 'college for all' curriculum; and more.
"I think there's more data now that helps us understand what's happening in schools and districts than ever before in history," says Dynarski of the promising climate for educational research today.
Susan Dynarski is a professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, a professor of education at the University of Michigan's School of Education, and a professor of economics at the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is co-director of the Ford School’s Education Policy Initiative, which engages in applied, policy-relevant research designed to improve educational achievement and outcomes.