Will Standards-Based Reform in Education Help Close the Poverty Gap?

February 23–24, 2006, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This invitation-only, working conference will culminate in an edited book on the topic, timed to inform policy debates about the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act scheduled for 2007. The conference is being organized by Adam Gamoran, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and the School of Education.

Will Standards-Based Reform in Education Help Close the Poverty Gap?
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
February 23–24, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006
9:00-10:30 Setting Targets: Will No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Policies for Assessing School Quality Help Children in Poverty?
  Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution, “The Peculiar Politics of No Child Left Behind”
  Robert Meyer, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Absolute Targets Versus Value-Added Indicators of School Quality: Implications for Children in Poverty”

Equal Opportunity: Will NCLB Strategies Improve Learning Opportunities for Disadvantaged Children?

  Meredith Phillips and Jennifer Flashman, UCLA, “How Did Changes in State Accountability Systems during the 1990s Influence Teacher and Instructional Quality in Poor Schools?”
  Laura M. Desimone, Thomas M. Smith, and David Frisvold, Vanderbilt University, “Teacher Quality, Evidence-Based Practice, and Students in Poverty”
2:00-3:30 Incentives for Students: Does Holding Students Accountable Improve the Prospects of the Poor?
  Robert M. Hauser, Carl B. Frederick, and Megan Andrew, University of Wisconsin–Madison, “Grade Retention in the Age of NCLB”
  Thomas S. Dee, Swarthmore College, and Brian A. Jacob, Harvard University, “The Impact of High School Exit Exams on Educational Attainment and Labor Market Outcomes”
4:00-5:30 Public Forum: Can We Narrow the Gap?

Barbara Foorman, University of Texas-Houston: “Standards-Based Educational Reform Is One Important Step toward Reducing the Achievement Gap”

Friday, February 24, 2006


Market-Based Strategies: Will NCLB Strategies for Supplementary Services Help the Poor Catch Up?

  George Farkas and Rachel Durham, Pennsylvania State University, “The Role of Tutoring in Standards-Based Reform”
  Paul Hill, University of Washington, “School Choice and Children in Poverty”
11:00-12:00 Advice for the Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind

Moderator: Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rapporteur: Andrew C. Porter, Vanderbilt University