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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

17:00-19:00
Registration
Reception with Light Hors d’oeuvres

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

8:30-9:00
Registration


9:00-9:30 Welcoming Speakers
Marco Rossi Doria – Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, University and Research
Annamaria Leuzzi – PON Management Authority, Ministry of Education, University and Research
Douglas Besharov – University of Maryland; Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

9:30 - 11:00 - Plenary - Session 1

“School Accountability through Performance Monitoring”
Chaired by Jane Hannaway – American Institutes of Research; Association for Education Finance and Policy
ico School Accountability and Monitoring Systems: Insights from the U.S. and Other Countries
Helen Ladd – Duke University; Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management  
Accountability in Education Around the World: Lessons from International Achievement Tests
Ludger Woessmann – University of Munich  


11:00-11:15
Coffee Break



11:15-13:15 - Parallel Sessions

Session 1.1: Building and Interpreting Scientific Evidence
Chair: Kentaro Yamamoto – Educational Testing Service

 Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes
Paulo Santiago – OECD    

 Educational Evaluation and Assessment in the Netherlands
Jaap Scheerens, Melanie Ehren, Peter Sleegers and Renske de Leeuw – University of Twente      

 The Heterogeneity of “Private School Effect” in Italy
Tommaso Agasisti, Samuele Murtinu and Piergiacomo Sibiano – Politecnico di Milano      

 Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree Completion
Susan Dynarski and Joshua Hyman – University of Michigan; Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach – Northwestern University

 Is it Live or is it Internet? Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning
David Figlio – Northwestern University; Mark Rush and Lu Yin – University of Florida      

  The Effects of Student Coaching in College: An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Mentoring
Eric Bettinger and Rachel Baker – Stanford University    


Session 1.2: Accountability: School Autonomy and Management
Chair: Helen Ladd – Duke University; Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

 Organizational Turnaround and Educational Performance: The Impact of Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis Systems (PBMAS)
Amanda Rutherford – Texas A&M University      

 Development of Performance Measures for a Small After-school Program Serving South Asian Youth in New York City, a case study
Swati Desai – State University of NY at Albany    

 Examination of School-Based Management in Indonesia
Rita Karam, Georges Vernez and Jeffrey Marshall – RAND    

 School Autonomy and Student Achievement: An International Study with a Focus on Italy
Angelo Paletta – Università di Bologna; Maria Magdalena Isac – Joint Research Centre, CRELL    

 Planning and Working On School Improvement. Preliminary Evidence from the Quality and Merit Project in Italy
Andrea Caputo – INVALSI; Sara Mori – INDIRE; Valentina Rastelli – INVALSI      

 A Performance-Based Evaluation Model for Rewarding Merit in Italian Schools
Donatella Poliandri, Paola Muzzioli, Isabella Quadrelli, and Sara Romiti – INVALSI    


Session 1.3: Teachers: Measuring and Ensuring Quality
Chair: Alberto Martini – Università del Piemonte Orientale

 Investigating the Role of Human Resources in School Turnaround: Evidence from Two States
Michael Hansen – American Institutes for Research      

 Teacher Training, Extra Education and Students' Achievement: The Evaluation of a Program for Promoting Students' Performances in Italian Lower Secondary Schools
Elena Claudia Meroni – Padua University; Giovanni Abbiati – University of Milan  

 Under Pressure: Job Security, Resource Allocation, and Productivity in Schools Under No Child Left Behind
Randall Reback – Columbia University; Jonah Rockoff – Columbia University and NBER; Heather Schwartz – RAND Corporation      

 A Composite Estimator of Effective Teaching
Kata Mihaly, Daniel McCarrey, Douglas O. Staiger, and J. R. Lockwood – RAND      

 Teacher Assessment and Students' Performance in OCSE-PISA 2009
Brunella Fiore, Isabella Romeo – University of Milano-Bicocca    

 Evaluating Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching as an Outcome of Pre-Service Teacher Education: Lessons from the High Performing Countries in the Teds-M Study
Maria Teresa Tatto – Michigan State University; Michael Rodriguez – University of Minnesota    


13:15-14:30
Lunch on Premises



14:30 – 16:00 - Plenary - Session 2

“Improving Teacher and Administrator Quality”
Chaired by Bert Creemers – University of Groningen
 Educator Effectiveness: Measures, Policies and Debates
Jane Hannaway – American Institutes of Research; Association for Education Finance and Policy
 Improving Teaching Quality: Promoting a Dynamic Approach to Teacher Professional Development
Leonidas Kyriakides – University of Cyprus     

16:00-16:15
Coffee Break

16:15-18:30 - Parallel Sessions

Session 2.1: Accountability: Unintended Consequences

Chair: David Figlio – Northwestern University

 When Accountability Strategies Collide: Do Policy Changes that Raise Accountability Standards Also Erode Public Satisfaction?
Rebecca Jacobsen, Andrew Saultz and Jeffrey W. Snyder – Michigan State University    

 School Accountability: How Can We Reward Schools and Avoid Pupil Selection?
Erwin Ooghe – KU.Leuven and IZA; Erik Schokkaert – KU.Leuven    

 When the Cat Is Near, the Mice Won’t Play: The Effect of External Examiners in Italian Schools
Marco Bertoni – University of Padova and CEP-LSE; Giorgio Brunello – University of Padova, IZA and CESifo; Lorenzo Rocco – University of Padova  

 Incentives, Information, and Ideals: The Use of Economic Theory to Evaluate Educational Accountability Policies
Andrew McEachin – University of Virginia      

 The Failure of Educational Accountability to Work as Intended in the United States
Sharon L. Nichols – University of Texas at San Antonio      

 Outcome-Based and Competition-Based Policies of School Evaluation: A Comparison of School Performance and Perverse Effects in Two Mid-sized Hungarian Towns
Dániel Horn – European University Institute; Lajos Bódis – Corvinus University    


Session 2.2: Translating Research Results Into Practice
Chair: Susan Dynarski – University of Michigan

 Exploring Politics, Accountability and Evaluation Use in the Mexican Federal Government Education Programs
Gabriela Pérez Yarahuán – Universidad Iberoamericana    

 The Causal Effect of Class Size on Pupils’ Performance: Evidence from Italian Primary Schools
Larysa Minzyuk and Felice Russo – University of Salento      

 Creating a Performance Culture: Anxiety, Climate and Performance Management Reform
Kate Destler – University of Washington    

 Career Pathways as a Framework for Program Design and Evaluation
David J. Fein – Abt Associates Inc.    

 Moving Matters: The Causal Effect of School Mobility on Student Performance
Amy Ellen Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel – New York University    

 Preventing and Re-integrating Early School Leavers: A Comparative Meta Evaluation of Policies Implemented in 7 European Member States.
Anja Meierkord and Massimiliano Mascherini – EUROFUND      


Session 2.3: Innovation: Changes to Policy and Curriculum
Chair: Daniele Checchi – Università degli Studi di Milano – IZA

 Can Formal-Informal Collaborations Improve Science Literacy in Urban Middle Schools? The Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative in New York City
Meryle Weinstein, Emilyn Ruble Whitesell, and Amy Ellen Schwartz – New York University      

 Preliminary Evidence from the M@t.abel Teacher Professional Development Program in Italy
Gianluca Argentin – Università di Milano Bicocca; Aline Pennisi – Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze; Daniele Vidoni – INVALSI; Giovanni Abbiati – Università degli Studi di Milano; Andrea Caputo – INVALSI      

 Improving Reading Comprehension by Fostering Children’s Engagement with Books During Summer Vacation: A Cluster-Randomized Trial Comparing Strategy and Text Structure Instruction in High Poverty Elementary Schools
James S. Kim, Helen Kingston, Lisa Foster – Harvard University; Thomas G. White – University of Virginia    

 Standing on the Shoulders of Chess Masters: Using RTCs to Evaluate the Effects of Including Chess in the Italian Primary School Curriculum
Gianluca Argentin – Università di Milano Bicocca; Alberto Martini – Università del Piemonte Orientale; Barbara Romano – Università di Genova and University of Pennsylvania    

 Early High School Interventions to Increase Students’ Access to Post-secondary Education: Experimental Impacts from Canada’s Future to Discover Project
Reuben Ford – Social Research and Demonstration Corporation      

 Synthesis of Findings from 15 Years of Educational Reform in Thailand: Lessons on Leading Educational Change in East Asia
Philip Hallinger – Hong Kong Institute of Education  


20:00-23:00
Social Dinner
Speech by Elizabeth King – World Bank

Thursday, October 4, 20122

9:00 – 10:30 Plenary - Session 3

“Promising Innovations Inside and Outside the Classroom”

Chaired by Neil Gilbert – University of California at Berkeley

 Digital Information Literacy: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century Education
Jean-Francois Rouet – University of Poitiers; National Center for Scientific Research      

 Outgrowing the Mode Effect Study of Paper and Computer Based Testing
Kentaro Yamamoto – Educational Testing Service    


10:30-10:45
Coffee Break


10:45-13:00 - Parallel Sessions

Session 3.1: Accountability: Achievement Gap

Chair: Daniele Vidoni – INVALSI

 Does Accountability Narrow Achievement Gaps? Evidence from the United States in the Era of No Child Left Behind
Sean Reardon, Erica Greenberg, Demetra Kalogrides, Kenneth A.Shores and Rachel A.Valentino – Stanford University      

 At-Risk Student Averse: Risk Management and Accountability
Julian Vasquez Heilig, Michelle Young and Amy Williams – The University of Texas at Austin    

 A Way to Resilience: How Can Italian Disadvantaged Students and Schools Close the Achievement Gap?
Tommaso Agasisti – Politecnico di Milano; Sergio Longobardi – University of Naples “Parthenope”      

 Science Competencies Across PISA OECD Countries: Comparing Exceptionally High and Low Performers
Fabio Alivernini and Sara Manganelli – INVALSI    

 Why Do Northern European Secondary Schools Outperform American Secondary Schools?
John H. Bishop – Cornell University and ILR  


Session 3.2: Innovation: School Choice and Market Based Incentives
Chair: Jean François Rouet, University of Poitiers; National Center for Scientific Research

 The Impact of High School Choice on Mediators of Student Success
Sean P. Corcoran, Lori Nathanson and James Kemple – New York University    

 Do KIPP Schools Boost Student Achievement?
Philip M. Gleason, Christina Clark Tuttle, Brian Gill, Ira Nichols-Barrer and Bing-ru Teh – Mathematica Policy Research        

 Choices for Studying Choice: Assessing Charter School Effectiveness Using Two Quasi-Experimental Methods
Devora H. Davis and Margaret E. Raymond – Stanford University    

 Do Charter Schools Improve Student Achievement? Evidence from a National Randomized Study
Melissa A. Clark, Philip Gleason and Christina Tuttle – Mathematica Policy Research, Marsha K. Silverberg – Institute of Education Sciences    

 School Choice and School Accountability: Evidence from a Private Voucher Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Deven E. Carlson – University of Oklahoma; Joshua M. Cowen – University of Kentucky; David J. Fleming – Furman University    

 Performance Based Incentives for Learning in the Mexican Classroom
Andrew Christensen, Brian Fuller – Foundation Escalera; Victor Steenbergen – London School of Economics; Alison Hamburg – Columbia University      


Session 3.3: Teachers: New Challenges
Chair: Roel Bosker – University of Groningen; Groningen Institute for Educational Research

 Render unto Primary the Things which are Primary’s: Inherited and Fresh Learning Divides in Italian Lower Secondary Education
Gianfranco De Simone – Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli    

 Immigrant Background Peer Effects in Italian Schools
Dalit Contini – University of Torino    

 Teaching Digital Skills to “Digital Natives”: Does School Play a Role?
Gianluca Argentin and Marco Gui – University of Milan-Bicocca; Chiara Tamanini – IPRASE      

 Parental Empowerment in Mexico: Randomized Experiment of the “Apoyos a la Gestion Escolar (AGE)” in Rural Primary Schools in Mexico
Paul Gertler – University of California, Berkeley; Harry Anthony Patrinos – World Bank; Eduardo Rodríguez-Oreggia – Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus State of Mexico      

 Issues in the Evaluation of a Program to Promote Educational Achievements of Ethiopian-Israeli High School Students
Dalia Ben-Rabi, Viacheslav Konstantinov, Ruth Baruj and Miriam Cohen-Navot – Myers-JDC Brookdal    


13:00-14:15 Lunch on Premises


14:15 – 15:45 Plenary - Session 4

“Building and Interpreting Scientific Evidence”

Chaired by Alexei Monsarrat – Atlantic Council

ico Towards Evidence Based Education
Roel Bosker – University of Groningen; GION

  What Works in Education: Don't Let Perfection be the Enemy of the Good
Grover Whitehurst – The Brookings Institution    


15:45-16:00
Coffee Break



16:00-18:15 Parallel Sessions

Session 4.1: Accountability: Performance Measures and Evaluation
Chair: Sean P. Corcoran – New York University

 The Impact of Selection of Student Achievement Measurement Instrument on Teacher Value-Added Measures
James L. Woodworth – Hoover Institute, Stanford University; Wen-Juo Lo, University of Arkansas; Joshua B. McGee – Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Nathan C. Jensen – Northwest Evaluation Association      

 One-year Value-added School Effects from Various Models and their Inter-temporal Variability: Evidence from China
Pai Peng and Eckhard Klieme – German Institute for International Educational Research    

 Student literacy one year later. On school value added estimation using PISA-OECD
Massimiliano Bratti and Daniele Checchi – Università degli Studi di Milano and IZA  

 Patterns of Value-Added Creation in the Transition from Primary to Lower Secondary Education in Italy
Gianfranco De Simone and Andrea Gavosto – Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli  

 The Infrastructure of Accountability: Examining the Governance of Longitudinal Data Systems
Stacey A. Rutledge – Florida State University; Dorothea Anagnostopoulos and Rebecca Jacobsen – Michigan State University  

 The Effects of Texas's Targeted Pre-kindergarten Program on Academic Performance
Rodney J. Andrews – The University of Texas at Dallas and The Texas Schools Project; Paul Jargowsky, Rutgers University – Camden; Kristin Kuhne – Communities Foundation of Texas  


Session 4.2: Building and Interpreting Scientific Evidence
Chair: John Bishop – Cornell University

 Reviewing Systematic Reviews: Meta-Analysis of What Works Clearinghouse Computer-Assisted Reading Interventions
Andrei Streke – Mathematica Policy Research; Tsze Chan – American Institutes for Research      

 Reinforcing Evidence-Based Policymaking in Education: Methodological Developments at CRELL, Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning Based on Indicators and Benchmarks.
Andrea Saltelli – Joint Research Centre, Unit of Applied Statistics and Econometrics        
 Evaluation of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s - Student Success / Learning to 18 Strategy
Ungerleider, C., Baumann, R., Bélanger, J., Cartwright, F., Eaton, I., Guerriero, S. and T. Lavin – Directions-EPRG      

 How Salient are Performance Incentives in Education? Evidence from North Carolina
Thomas Ahn – University of Kentucky; Jacob L. Vigdor – Duke University and NBER    

 Evaluating the “Programa Mais Sucesso Escolar”: Lessons learned from evaluating the impact of a Portuguese national educational policy for compulsory education.
M. Clara Barata, M. Manuela Calheiros, Joana Nunes Patrício, João Graça and M. Luísa Lima – ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute and CIS-IUL    

 Equity in School: A Challenge for Regional Based Educational Systems
Patrizia Falzetti and Roberto Ricci – INVALSI    


Session 4.3: Teachers: Recruitment, Retention, and Distribution
Chair: Kenneth Wong – Brown Univeristy

 Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters
Jesse Rothstein – University of California at Berkeley and NBER      

 Moving High-Performing Teachers to Low-Performing Schools: A Randomized Experiment
Steven Glazerman, Ali Protik, Bing-ru Teh and Julie Bruch – Mathematica Policy Research    

 Portability of Teacher Effectiveness Across School Settings
Zeyu Xu, Umut Ozek and Matthew Corritore – American Institutes for Research    

 Teacher Mobility and Student Learning
Gianna Barbieri – MIUR; Claudio Rossetti – LUISS; Paolo Sestito – Bank of Italy      

 Meritocracy for Teachers: Evidence from Colombia
Alejandro Ome – University of Chicago  


18:30-19:30 - Reception with Hors-d’Oeuvres
Speech by Raj Chetty – Harvard University (on video)    



Friday, October 5, 2012

09:00 – 10:30 Rapporteur Session
Chaired by Douglas Besharov, University of Maryland; Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania
Gianluca Argentin, University of Milan Bicocca      
Aline Pennisi, Ministry of Economy and Finance    
Erich Battistin, Istituto di Ricerca per la Valutazione delle Politiche Pubbliche    

10:30 – 12:30 Panel Session: “Translating Research Results into Practice”
Chaired by Paolo Sestito, Istituto Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Educativo di Istruzione e di Formazione; Banca d’Italia
Francesco Profumo, Italian Minister of Education, University and Research
Ugo Trivellato, University of Padova, Istituto di Ricerca per la Valutazione delle Politiche Pubbliche
Andreas Schleicher, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (on video)
Pina Antonaci, Istituto “De Pace” di Lecce

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