Common core’s future draws eyes to USC Rossier professor

January 8, 2018

Article by Morgan Polikoff ranks fifth on AERA’s 2017 list of most-read papers

By Ross Brenneman

Associate Professor Morgan Polikoff received the Early Career Award in April at the conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Morgan Polikoff, an associate professor of education at USC Rossier, had the fifth most-read article among those published by the American Educational Research Association in 2017.

AERA is the largest education research professional group in the country.

AERA published Polikoff’s paper, “Is Common Core “Working”? And Where Does Common Core Research Go From Here?,” in 2017. The article served as the opening for a special topic in AERA Open, the organization’s open-access journal.

In the article, Polikoff laid out four priorities for guiding research into the Common Core State Standards: determining impact; understanding standards’ implementation; understanding how school and district leaders can better support standards implementation; and understanding the equity implications of the common core.

“These articles exemplify the high quality of scholarship being published by AERA and being produced in the field of education research,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine in a statement. “They also demonstrate how rigorously produced research improves our understanding of pressing education issues and helps inform evidence-based practices and policies that best benefit students, educators and the public.”

Other USC Rossier connections on the most-read list: June Ahn PhD ’10 and Andrew McEachin PhD ’12 co-authored the third most-read paper of the year, “Student Enrollment Patterns and Achievement in Ohio’s Online Charter Schools.” Their study examined data on 1.7 million Ohio students to learn about the effect of e-schools on student achievement, among other patterns.

Ahn is now an associate professor at New York University, while McEachin works at the Rand Corporation.

The most-read article of the year, out of Vanderbilt University, examined loan aversion among high school seniors, community college students and adults.

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