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Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

Dr. Kaitlin Torphy presented work at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness on March 7, 2019 in a panel exploring new data approaches to educational research. Examining how teachers engage within Pinterest to access and share instructional resources, we find significant declines after the enactment of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This is consistent within states including, Illinois and Indiana.


To identify differences across "treated" and "untreated" states, we use a comparative interrupted time series approach and find that both Indiana and Illinois show significant declines in resource access and sharing, as compared to Texas--which never signed onto the CCSS.

Zachary LeClair (University of Washington) used Latent Direchlet allocation to examine clustering across school improvement reforms within education policy.


While Lovenoor Aulk (University of Washington) used a propensity score matching approach and presented work on the impacts of a university freshman interest group on college retention.

Ramina Sotoudeh (Princeton University) put forth a framework where genetic data could be used to estimate peer effects in schools.



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