Speeches & Testimony
Podcast: Organizing Schools to Help Students
Dec 12, 2011
Hamilton Project author Jonah E. Rockoff discusses his recent THP paper, “Organizing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: Start Times, Grade Configurations, and Teacher Assignments,” in an American RadioWorks interview. Rockoff and co-author Brian Jacob propose three organizational reforms to increase K-12 student performance at modest cost: (1) Starting school later in the day for middle and high school students; (2) Shifting from a system with separate elementary and middle schools to one with schools that serve students in kindergarten through grade eight; (3) Managing teacher assignments with an eye toward maximizing student achievement (e.g. allowing teachers to gain experience by teaching the same grade level for multiple years or having teachers specializing in the subject where they appear most effective. Listen to the podcast and read the full paper here.