Study Group

Washington State College Bound Project

A study to evaluate the implementation and impact of Washington’s College Bound Scholarship program. The program provides early commitment funding to help low-‐income students enroll, attend, and succeed in higher education.

Students must sign a pledge in middle school to:

1) do well in middle and high school;
2) be a good citizen and not be convicted of a felony; and
3) apply for financial aid to college.

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Goldhaber, D., Long, M. C., Person, A. E., Rooklyn, J., & Gratz, T. (2019). Sign me up: The factors predicting students’ enrollment in an early-commitment scholarship program. AERA Open, 5(2), 2332858419857703.
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Goldhaber, D., Long, M. C., Gratz, T., & Rooklyn, J. (2020). Pledging to do “good”: An early commitment pledge program, college scholarships, and high school outcomes in Washington State. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 42(1), 110-133.
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Long, M. C., Goldhaber, D., & Gratz, T. (2019). Washington's College Bound Scholarship Program and its Effect on College Entry, Persistence, and Completion. Education Finance and Policy, 1-52.

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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.