Morgan  Polikoff

Morgan Polikoff

Associate Professor of Education

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Contact info

morgan.polikoff@gmail.comPhone: 213-740-6741Fax: 213-746-8142WPH-904ACurriculum Vitae


K-12 Education Policy


K-12 education policy; curriculum; standards-based reform; assessment policy; alignment; measuring classroom instruction; quantitative methods


American Educational Research Association Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy: Mathematics Education and Equity (2012)

IES Summer Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials (2010)

Morgan Polikoff

Dr. Morgan Polikoff is an Associate Professor of Education at Rossier. His areas of expertise include K-12 education policy; Common Core standards; assessment policy; alignment among instruction, standards and assessments; and the measurement of classroom instruction.

Dr. Polikoff uses quantitative methods to study the design, implementation, and effects of standards, assessment, and accountability policies. Recent work has investigated teachers' instructional responses to content standards and critiqued the design of school and teacher accountability systems. Ongoing work focuses on the implementation of Common Core standards and the influence of curriculum materials and assessments on implementation. He is an Associate Editor of American Educational Research Journal and on the editorial boards for AERA Open and Educational Administration Quarterly. His research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, the WT Grant Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences, among other sources.

Polikoff received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2010 with a focus on Education Policy and his Bachelors in Mathematics and Secondary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006.




Professor Polikoff's work focuses on the design, implementation, and effects of standards, assessment, and accountability policies. 

Honors and Awards:

  • AERA Early Career Award (2017)
  • AERA Open Outstanding Reviewer (2016, 2018)
  • Rick Hess Straight Up Edu-Scholar Rankings: Ranked #1 among assistant professors nationally (2015, 2016)
  • Association for Teacher Education Outstanding Research Award for article “Formal and informal mentoring: Complementary, compensatory, or consistent?” (2015)
  • Educational Researcher Outstanding Reviewer (2015)
  • Sara Mead’s Policy Notebook (Education Week blog): Named one of “nine people who will shape education in the next 10 years” (2014)
  • Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Outstanding Reviewer (2013, 2014)


  • EDPA 719: The Policies and Politics of Educational Governance
  • EDPT 652: Multiple Regression
  • EDUC 522: Challenges in Urban Education: Accountability
  • EDUC 658: Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • GESM 131g: Educational Access and Opportunity from Cradle to College


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Never Judge a Book By Its Cover, Use Student Achievement Instead,” Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Jon Fullerton), 2016-2018, $762,059.

Institute of Education Sciences, R&D Center on Standards in Schools, “Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL),” Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Andrew C. Porter), 2015-2020, $10,000,000.

WT Grant Foundation, “Complex Equations: Algebra Instruction in the Common Core Era,” Principal Investigator (Co-Principal Investigator Thurston Domina), 2014-2017, $503,612.

Smith Richardson Foundation, “Curriculum Adoptions and Effects on Student Achievement in California,” Co-Principal Investigator (co-principal investigator Cory Koedel), 2014-2016, $159,992.

National Science Foundation, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research, “An Online System for the Collection of Textbook Adoption Data,” Principal Investigator, 2014-2016, $299,942.

Mattel Children’s Foundation, “USC-Mattel Speedometry Phase II District Wide Study and Direct Impact Partnership," Co-Principal Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators Gale Sinatra & Julie Marsh), 2014-2016, $784,000. 

Mattel Children's Foundation, "Innovative STEM Curriculum Using Hot Wheels," Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigators Gale Sinatra & Julie Marsh), 2013-2014, $230,000.

Smith Richardson Foundation, "Making Standards-Based Reform Work: Textbook Alignment and the Common Core," Principal Investigator, 2013-2014, $124,132

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R03, “Teacher Practice and Peer Conduct: Classroom Effects on Outcomes for Special Needs Students,” co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator: Michael Gottfried), 2012-2014, $161,100

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Combining Multiple Measures of Teacher Effectiveness When Assessments Differ in Their Sensitivity to Instruction,” Principal Investigator, 2012-2013, $31,000

University of Southern California Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, “Content and Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs,” Principal Investigator, 2011-2012, $20,000

Selected Publications

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