Study Group

Postsecondary Schooling

This research program examines postsecondary schooling outcomes and the implications such outcomes have for labor market rewards (i.e., earnings). It relies primarily on longitudinal individual-level administrative data from Washington State and national longitudinal survey data to follow students into and through their postsecondary experiences. CEDR’s research will address a broad set of questions, such as: To what extent do different kinds of financial aid packages, academic remediation and other support services at colleges successfully improve postsecondary attainments and for whom (i.e., which groups of students)? More broadly, what characteristics of colleges improve the chances of obtaining certification and for whom? How do experiences and outcomes from secondary school—including curricula, courses taken and performance—interact with postsecondary experiences to affect postsecondary attainments and for whom? How do “dual enrollments” and other combinations of secondary and postsecondary experiences during the high school years ultimately affect postsecondary outcomes and for whom? How do different kinds of work experience—either during high school or beyond—interact with postsecondary academic experiences to determine postsecondary attainments and for whom? How do certificate programs in different fields affect broader degree attainment and for whom? Who ultimately succeeds with certificate programs as the final outcome as opposed to the obtaining of associates and bachelors’ degrees in different fields? How does the labor market reward various kinds of certificates and degrees, in combination with different kinds of earlier work experience and for whom? To what extent do short-run and long-run returns vary, especially as individuals change jobs – which credentials provide transferable and portable skills?

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

TEACHER RECRUITMENT & SELECTION

A long-standing researcher-practitioner partnership between CEDR and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) has connected data collected during the teacher hiring process in SPS to later teacher outcomes in SPS and other district in Washington

SCHOOL RESOURCES &
EQUITY

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

POSTSECONDARY
EDUCATION

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER PREPARATION & LICENSURE

CEDR projects including the Teacher Education Learning Collaborative (TELC; www.telc.us), the Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), and others have investigated the connections between specific teacher preparation experiences and measures collected during teacher licensure and later outcomes for teacher candidates.

SPECIAL EDUCATION &
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

CEDR has participated in several projects related to the participation of students with disabilities in career and technical education (CTE) and the extent to which this participation predicts later outcomes

TEACHER LABOR
MARKETS 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEMS & LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

CEDR has studied processes and outcomes in the teacher labor market like teacher collective bargaining agreements, teacher quality gaps, and teacher layoffs and their connections to student achievement

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & EFFECTIVENESS

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER
PENSIONS

CEDR researchers have studied the teacher pension system in Washington and other states and investigated the connections between pensions systems and teachers' career paths and effectiveness.