Experts on the Issues

Researchers Joni Finney and Laura Perna respond to a well-intended proposal they believe would fall short of putting more students on the path to a college degree or a family-supporting career.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — just like No Child Left Behind — will still rely on flawed assessments that inaccurately chart the progress of the ever-growing segment of English language Learners, said Penn GSE Educational Linguist Nelson Flores.
Penn GSE researchers are closely studying how College and Career Readiness (CCR) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented, and assessing what is working and what is not. These Penn GSE experts can offer insight into standardized tests aligned with these evolving standards and wade into the politics surrounding the Common Core debate.
In a recent study prepared for the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education, Steinberg and Quinn found that the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) does more, per pupil, with its current resources than its closest counterparts in terms of student poverty and achievement.
Marybeth Gasman is one of the country's leading authorities on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). A dynamic and prolific historian of higher education, Gasman is launching the Center for Minority Serving Insitutions at the Penn Graduate School of Education this fall.
Richard Ingersoll is an expert on teachers - how they work, where they work, and why they work. In a school reform climate that questions how much autonomy teachers should have in their work and their classrooms, Dr. Ingersoll looks to data for answers.