Research and Publications

Current Research Projects

The SanDERA projects listed below are currently in progress. Please contact Karen Volz Bachofer for additional information.

Academic Trajectories and Policies to Narrow Achievement Gaps in San Diego

The Effects of Teacher Layoff Notices on Student Outcomes

The High School and Postsecondary Impacts of School Choice

Student and Peer School Performance and Stress at Home: Evidence from Mortgage Default, Home Remodels, and Moves in San Diego

Breakfast at the Desk: The Impact of Universal Classroom Breakfast Programs on Academic Performance

Value-Added Models of Elementary School Effectiveness in San Diego Unified School District

Charter School Effects on Long-Term Outcomes: A Preuss School Study

Click here for a bibliography of selected publications by SanDERA researchers and affiliates.

Publications

Publication Date

Title

Authors

2017

The "College Prep for All" Mandate – An Update on How San Diego's Class of 2016 Has Fared with New Graduation Requirements

Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Volz Bachofer

2016

College Prep for All: Will San Diego Students Meet Challenging New Graduation Requirements?  Published by Public Policy Instutute of California (PPIC) in April 2016

Appendices

Julian R. Betts, Sam M. Young, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Volz Bachofer

2016

College Prep for All: Part II – Will San Diego Students Meet Challenging New Graduation Requirements?

Appendix

Julian R. Betts, Sam M. Young, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Volz Bachofer

2015

The "College Prep for All" Mandate – An Examination of New Graduation Requirements in the Context of San Diego: Part I

Appendix

Julian R. Betts, Sam M. Young, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Volz Bachofer

2014

Pathways to Fluency: Examining the Link between Language Reclassification Policies and Student Success

Technical Appendix  ||  Short Summary

Laura E. Hill, Julian R. Betts, Belen Chavez, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Volz Bachofer
2014

An Evaluation of the Outcomes of Career and Technical Education in San Diego Unified School District: A Quantitative Study

Executive Summary

Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, Dallas Dotter, and John McAdams 
2014

An Evaluation of the Outcomes of Career and Technical Education in San Diego Unified School District: A Descriptive Case Study

Executive Summary

Karen Volz Bachofer, Julian R. Betts, and Andrew C. Zau
2013

College Readiness as a Graduation Requirement: An Assessment of San Diego's Challenges

Technical Appendices || On Track Model Manual and Worksheets

Short Summary

Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Volz Bachofer
2012 The Impact of the Use of the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project in San Diego Unified School District: Teacher Interview Component   Karen Volz Bachofer, Andrew C. Zau, and Julian R. Betts
2012 The Impact of the Use of the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project in San Diego Unified School District: Teacher Survey Component Karen Volz Bachofer, Andrew C. Zau, and Julian R. Betts
2012 Passing the California High School Exit Exam: Have Recent Policies Improved Student Performance? Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, Yendrick Zieleniak, and Karen Volz Bachofer
2012 Better Research Needed on the Impact of Charter Schools Julian R. Betts and Richard C. Atkinson
2011

A Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement

Abstract || PDF File

Julian R. Betts and Y. Emily Tang

2011

Does Diagnostic Math Testing Improve Student Learning?

Julian R. Betts, Youjin Hahn, and Andrew C. Zau

2011

Does Student Sorting Invalidate Value-Added Models of Teacher Effectiveness? An Extended Analysis of the Rothstein Critique

PDF File

Cory Koedel and Julian R. Betts

2010

Madness in the Method? A Critical Analysis of Popular Methods of Estimating the Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement in Paul T. Hill and Julian R. Betts (Eds.) “Taking Measure of Charter Schools: Better Assessments, Better Policymaking, Better Schools”

PDF of Pre-Publication Version

Julian R. Betts, Y. Emiy Tang, Andrew C. Zau

2010

Value Added to What? How a Ceiling in the Testing Instrument Influences Value-Added Estimation

PDF File

Julian R. Betts and Cory Koedel

2010

Lessons in Reading Reform: Finding What Works

Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Cory Koedel

2009

Reduced-Class Distinctions: Effort, Ability, and the Education Production Function

PDF

Philip Babcock and Julian R. Betts

2009

The San Diego Blueprint for Student Success: A Retrospective Overview and Commentary

PDF of Pre-Publication Version

Julian R. Betts

2009

The Integrating and Segregating Effects of School Choice

PDF of Pre-Publication Version

Cory Koedel, Julian R. Betts, Lorien A. Rice, and Andrew C. Zau

2008

Predicting Success, Preventing Failure: An Investigation of the California High School Exit Exam

Andrew C. Zau and Julian R. Betts

 

2008

Value-Added and Experimental Studies of the Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement: A Literature Review

PDF

Julian R. Betts and Y. Emily Tang

2007

California: Does the Golden State Deserve a Gold Star? in Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn (Eds.) “No Remedy Left Behind: Lessons from a Half-Decade of NCLB”

PDF

Julian R. Betts

2006

Does School Choice Work? Effects on Student Integration and Achievement

Julian R. Betts, Lorien A. Rice, Andrew C. Zau, Y. Emily Tang, and Cory R. Koedel

2005

From Blueprint to Reality: San Diego’s Education Reforms

Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Kevin King

2005

The Evolution of School Choice in Frederick M. Hess (Ed.) “Urban School Reform: Lessons from San Diego”

PDF

Andrew C. Zau and Julian R. Betts

2005

The Promise and Challenge of Accountability in Public Schooling in Frederick M. Hess (Ed.) “Urban School Reform: Lessons from San Diego”

Julian R. Betts

2004

San Diego: Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? in Frederick M. Hess and Chester Finn (Eds.) “Leaving No Child Behind? Options for Kids in Failing Schools”

PDF

Julian R. Betts and Andrew C. Zau

2003

Determinants of Student Achievement: New Evidence from San Diego

Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Lorien A. Rice