AEFP 45th Annual Conference

Toward a Meaningful Impact through Research, Policy & Practice

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel - Fort Worth, Texas
March 19-21, 2020

AEFP 45th Annual Conference Program

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Concurrent Session I - Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am
1.01 - Early Childhood Care and Education: Resources and Benefits
Room: Live Oak I

Chair: Walter Herring, University of Virginia

Preston Magouirk, University of Virginia. Quality improvement and system-building in ECE: Evidence from Louisiana. Daphna Bassok, University of Virginia, Anna J Markowitz, University of Virginia
Gregory J. Collins, CPRE - University of Pennsylvania. Economic Value of Resources Delivered in Early Childhood Education Settings. Philip M. Sirinides, CPRE - University of Pennsylvania, Rebecca A. Davis, University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth A.R. Bryson, CPRE - University of Pennsylvania
Shuyang Wang, University of Georgia. Approaching Universality: The Relationship Between Expanded Pre-K Enrollment, Per-Pupil Expenditures, Diversity, and Segregation.. Walker Swain, University of Georgia, Shuyang Wang, University of Georgia
Qing Zhang, University of California - Irvine. Intended Benefits or Unintended Consequences? Impact of the Introduction of State Pre-k Programs on Head Start Enrollment of Children with Disabilities. Jade Jenkins, University of California - Irvine
1.02 - Discipline and Criminal Justice
Room: Live Oak V

Chair: Richard Welsh, New York University

Kaitlin P. Anderson, Lehigh University. Discipline Disproportionalities and the Effects of a State-wide Policy Limiting Exclusionary Discipline in Elementary School. Kaitlin P. Anderson, Lehigh University, Sarah McKenzie, University of Arkansas
María Padilla-Romo, University of Tennessee. When Crime Comes to the Neighborhood: Short-Term Shocks to Student Cognition and Long-Term Consequences. Eunsik Chang, University of Tennessee
Tasminda K. Dhaliwal, University of Southern California. Building Capacity for Restorative Justice: The Effects of Restorative Justice Training on Student Outcomes in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Tasminda K. Dhaliwal, University of Southern California, Ayesha K. Hashim, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Gary Painter, University of Southern California
Rachel M. Perera, Pardee RAND Graduate School. Examining Federal Investigations of Racial Discrimination in School Discipline
1.03 - Transportation and School Choice
Room: Post Oak

Chair: Emily Penner, UC Irvine

Danielle Sanderson Edwards, Michigan State University. The Long and Winding Road to School: Examining Relationships between the Distance Students Travel to School and Their Achievement Outcomes in Michigan. Danielle Sanderson Edwards, Michigan State University, Joshua Cowen, Michigan State University
Meryle Weinstein, New York University. Why doesn’t everyone get a bus? Equity in bus transportation across schools and students in NYC. Meryle Weinstein, New York University, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Syracuse University, Sarah Cordes, Temple University, Christopher A. Rick, Syracuse University
Jeffrey Zabel, Tufts University. School Choice and Transportation Decisions. Amy Schwartz, Maxwell School Syracuse University, Samantha Trajkovski, Syracuse University
Ngaire Honey, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Segregation and access for low-income students under a deferred assignment system: Disentangling the influence of differential supply markets. Alejandro Carrasco, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
1.04 - Dealing with the Unfamiliar: How Students and Families Respond to Unfamiliar Circumstances
Room: Elm Fork I

Chair: Claudia Persico, American University

Margarita Pivovarova, Arizona State University. Fifteen Years of Change: An Analysis of Immigrant Achievement and School Characteristics, 2000 to 2015. Jeanne M. Powers, Arizona State University
Li Feng, Texas State University. Hispanic-Serving Institutions and College Outcomes: Does Money Matter?. Li Feng, Texas State University, Yao-Yu Chih, Texas State University, Yunwei Gai, Babson College, Lynn MacDonald, St Cloud State University
J. Jacob Kirksey, University of California- Santa Barbara. Evidence of the Effects of Local Immigration Arrests and Deportations on Trends in Absenteeism in Surrounding Schools
Kirsten Slungaard Mumma, Harvard University. Language skills and citizenship: evidence using an age-at-arrival instrument
1.05 - Where are the Grown-ups? Adults and Higher Education
Room: Live Oak IV

Chair: Lindsay Page, University of Pittsburgh

John Engberg, RAND Corporation. Does Adult Education Reduce Arrests? Evidence from a Disadvantaged Worker RCT. Shamena Anwar, RAND Corporation, Matthew Baird, RAND Corporation, Rosanna Smart, RAND Corporation
Evan Peet, RAND Corporation. Sector-Specific Adult Education for Screened Disadvantaged Workers: RCT Evidence on Employment, Earnings and Industry. John Engberg, RAND Corporation, Italo Gutierrez, RAND Corporation, Matthew Baird, RAND Corporation
Joseph Saitta, CUNY. The Impact of a Targeted Re-Enrolling Intervention: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial at CUNY. Joseph Saitta, CUNY, Charles Madsen, CUNY
John Engberg, RAND. Creaming or Screening: What is the best way to choose among applicants to publicly funded adult education programs?. Evan Peet, RAND, Matthew Baird, RAND, John Engberg, RAND
1.06 - Diversity and Equity Initiatives Across the Educational Pipeline: Impacts on Undergraduate and Graduate Education
Room: West Fork II

Chair: Sabrina Solanki, University of Michigan

Jeffrey T. Denning, Brigham Young University. Winners and Losers? The Effect of Gaining and Losing Access to Selective Colleges on Education and Labor Market Outcomes . Sandra E Black, Columbia University, Jeffrey T. Denning, Brigham Young University, Jesse Rothstein, University of California - Berkeley
Dora Gicheva, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Are the “Marginal” Students Truly Marginal? Barriers to College Entry and Ability Mismatch. Steven Bednar, Elon University
Kelly Rosinger, Pennsylvania State University. Exploring the Impact of LSAT-Optional Law School Admissions on Diversity and Selectivity. Kelly Rosinger, Pennsylvania State University, Karly Ford, Pennsylvania State University, Julie Posselt, University of Southern California, Junghee Choi, Pennsylvania State University
Courtney Pollack, City Connects - Boston College. Long-term effects of integrated student support: An evaluation of an elementary school intervention on postsecondary enrollment and completion. Courtney Pollack, City Connects - Boston College, Jordan L. Lawson, City Connects - Boston College, Gabrielle Kaufman, City Connects - Boston College, Mary E. Walsh, City Connects - Boston College
1.07 - College Admissions and Readiness
Room: West Fork I

Chair: Michel Grosz, Federal Trade Commission

Dominique Baker, Southern Methodist University. What happens when we leave it up to chance? Simulating admissions lotteries at selective colleges. Dominique Baker, Southern Methodist University, Michael Bastedo, University of Michigan
Katherine Kopotic, University of Arkansas. Indicators of College Success: The Relative Predictive Power of High School GPA and ACT Score, by High School Type. Katherine Kopotic, University of Arkansas
Christopher Bennett, Vanderbilt University. Untested admissions: Effects of test-optional policies on undergraduate selectivity and diversity. Christopher Bennett, Vanderbilt University
A. Abigail Payne, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research. Top Dog in High School: Effect on University Application Decisions and Performance. A. Abigail Payne, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
1.08 - Gettting More for the Higher Education Dollar
Room: Elm Fork II

Chair: Ozan Jaquette, UCLA

Aleksei Egorov, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Do merger policies increase universities’ efficiency? Evidence from a fuzzy regression discontinuity design. Tommaso Agasisti, Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Aleksei Egorov, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Margarita Maximova, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Jiayao Wu, University of Florida. Spending money wisely?An analysis on impact of responsibility-centered management on college expenditure. Jiayao Wu, University of Florida, Dennis A. Kramer II, University of Florida
Dustin Weeden, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Debt Financed Capital Spending: A Counter-Cyclical Higher Education Funding Strategy
Karen Bussey, Howard University. Governance, Finance, and HBCUs: Assessing The Southern University System for Future Policy and Practice
1.09 - Connecting Research to Policy and Practice Around Attendance: Implications for Methods, Measures, and Messaging
Room: Trinity Central

Chair: Mollie Jo Purcell, Faith Family Academy

Policy Maker or Practitioner: Mollie Jo Purcell, Faith Family Academy
Discussants: Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Wayne State University, Joshua Childs, University of Texas at Austin, A. Brooks Bowden, University of Pennsylvania, Michael Gottfried, University of California Santa Barbara

Measuring and holding schools accountable for chronic absenteeism will change how schools address attendance problems. We know from two decades of research on test-based accountability that new incentives to measure and improve single metrics can contribute to schools narrowing their focus to “bubble kids” or diverting attention away from higher performing children who are well beyond targets. Reforms focused on technical solutions within schools can also pull attention away from efforts to solve structural problems they may contribute to school outcomes. This may be especially problematic in efforts to reduce absenteeism, which is primarily driven by individual and family factors. Therefore, researchers must consider how their methods of understanding absenteeism, the measures they use to define chronic absenteeism, and the messages they send through their research all contribute to a narrative about appropriate ways to manage this problem.

This policy talk brings together researchers and school partners to discuss how new research methods, ways of working with partners, and ways of communicating research findings can better support practitioners and policymakers in developing attendance solutions that are responsive to local needs. Panelists will discuss different perspectives on appropriate methodologies and measures, whether there are areas in attendance policy that have gotten ahead of the research, and how researchers and practitioner partners can expand the audiences for our work, recognizing that reducing absenteeism may require policy change in areas not traditionally seen as related to education (e.g., housing, health, transportation, crime). Questions that will be addressed include:

1) How can qualitative, mixed-methods, and collaborative problem solving research methodologies enhance our understanding of attendance barriers and potential interventions in local contexts?
2) How might approaches to addressing absenteeism need to be adapted to unique contexts, and what are the implications for research?
3) How might research partnerships support local development, testing, analysis of benefits and costs, and developmental learning about attendance interventions, both within and outside traditional education policy spaces?