Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Article highlights value of Milwaukee program evaluation

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion article highlights research overseen by La Follette School professor Robert Meyer.

Former La Follette School professor Carolyn Heinrich praises Milwaukee Public Schools for how it has improved circumstances related to tutoring companies overbilling the district. "This type of fraud, which cheated students of academic assistance they were entitled to receive under the [federal] No Child Left Behind Act, occurred in school districts across the country," writes Heinrich, who has worked with Milwaukee Public Schools in an external research and evaluation capacity since 2006. She is now a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Meyer oversaw the research conducted at the university's Wisconsin Center for Education Research to help MPS in 2006 comply with NCLB in the provision of free tutoring outside the school day for students in schools not making adequate yearly progress. An independent WCER study of the district's new program beginning in the 2012-13 school year found that "[t]he turnaround in results was nothing short of stunning," Heinrich says.

Read the full article online.

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