• October 21, 2010

    After decades of flying under the radar, America's community colleges are moving to the front and center of national efforts to improve education.
    Private foundations are launching major initiatives to strengthen community colleges across the country – including a $35 million competitive grant program recently announced by the Gates Foundation.

  • October 06, 2010

    What's the remedy? A panel of educators at Stanford cautioned against the quick policy cures implied in the explosive Waiting for Superman. The controversial film, directed by Davis Guggenheim (of An Inconvenient Truth fame), made the cover of Time, was touted on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was awarded the audience award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It premiered at Stanford School of Education's Cubberley Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 4.

  • September 07, 2010

    The pay-for-performance plan targeted third through sixth graders who took standardized tests in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. The students could earn up to $100 — $20 per score of Advanced in each test. Students who scored proficient were awarded $15 per test. In order to make sure the proceeds went directly to the students, payment was made in “Coshocton Children’s Bucks,” which could only be redeemed by kids for children’s items. Participation in the program was randomized based on a lottery as specified by Robert Simpson, a local factory owner, who financed the effort.

  • Social science researchers collect much of their data through online surveys. In many cases, they offer incentives to the participants. These incentives can take the form of lotteries for more valuable prices or individual gift card codes. We are doing the latter in our studies here at CEPA Labs at Stanford. Specifically, our survey participants receive a gift card code from Amazon.

  • The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe and CEPA Labs at Stanford University commit to offer READY4K!, a text messaging program for parents to promote child development, to all parents of four year olds in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. In addition, CEPA Labs will offer READY4K! to parents of preschoolers in Dallas Independent School District, San Francisco Unified School District, Acelero Learning’s multi-state network of Head Start centers, and Little Sprouts preschools. In total, the commitment will impact 39,800 families. CEPA Labs will conduct large-scale randomized controlled trial studies to assess the efficacy of the expansion to new school districts and child care centers.


    A Although we would like to think that a teacher's gender will have no bearing on a child's academic experience, several studies have found that assignment to a teacher of the opposite sex may negatively impact a child's academic experience. On average, teachers are more likely to have negative perceptions of a child's performance if the child is of the opposite sex. Children are also likely to perform worse academically when assigned to teachers of the opposite sex.