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Matthew Di Carlo
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Matthew Di Carlo is a senior research fellow at the non-profit Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C. His current research focuses mostly on education policy, including charter schools and teacher quality, but he has also done work on social stratification/inequality, work and occupations, and political attitudes/behavior. Matt has a B.A. from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University.

You can read more of his work on the Shanker Institute’s blog.

Entries by Matthew Di Carlo

The Debate and the Evidence on the Impact of NCLB

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 4:24 PM

There is currently a flurry of debate focused on the question of whether "NCLB worked." This question, which surfaces regularly in the education field, is particularly salient in recent weeks, as Congress holds hearings on reauthorizing the law.

Any time there is a spell of "did NCLB work?" activity, one...

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Is Teacher Attrition Actually Increasing?

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Over the past few years, one can find a regular flow of writing attempting to explain the increase in teacher attrition. Usually, these explanations come in the form of advocacy -- that is, people who don't like a given policy or policies assert that they are the reasons for...

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Performance Measurement in Health Care and Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:37 PM

A recent story in the New York Times reported that, according to an Obama Administration-commissioned panel, the measures being used to evaluate the performance of healthcare providers are unfairly penalizing those that serve larger proportions of disadvantaged patients (thanks to Mike Petrilli for sending me the article). For example,...

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Do Teachers Really Come From the "Bottom Third" of College Graduates?

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 9:20 AM

The conventional wisdom among many education commentators is that U.S. public school teachers "come from the bottom third" of their classes. Most recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took this talking point a step further, and asserted at a press conference last week that teachers are drawn...

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The Year in Research on Market-based Education Reform: 2011 Edition

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 11:12 AM

If 2010 was the year of the bombshell in research in the three "major areas" of market-based education reform -- charter schools, performance pay, and value-added in evaluations -- then 2011 was the year of the slow, sustained march.

Last year, the landmark Race to the Top program was...

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Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 1:44 PM

One of the common assumptions lurking in the background of our education debates is that "quality" of the teaching workforce has declined a great deal over the past few decades (see here, here, here and here [slide 16]). There is a very plausible storyline supporting this...

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The Evidence on Charter Schools

(7) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 12:48 PM

In our fruitless, deadlocked debate over whether charter schools "work," charter opponents frequently cite what is often called the  CREDO study (discussed here), a 2009 analysis of charter school performance in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The results indicated that overall charter effects on student achievement...

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