- Douglas Harris
University of Wisconsin at Madison
DOUGLAS N. HARRIS is an economist and associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests include teacher quality, accountability, school choice, and achievement gaps. His work on test-based accountability, peer effects, and “high flying schools” have influenced recent policy debates about the reauthorization of NCLB and other efforts to reduce achievement gaps. He chaired the National Conferences on Value-Added, held in Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington DC in 2008, which examined ways of estimating teachers’ contributions to student achievement, and potential uses and misuses for these measures in accountability and school improvement efforts. The two events and commissioned papers were funded by the Joyce and Spencer Foundations and the Carnegie Corporation. He has also recently led several projects investigating the relationship among teacher value-added, teacher credentials, and principals’ evaluations of teachers. In addition to his academic research, he is also a consultant and advisor to policy makers and educational organizations such as Educational Testing Service, National Academy of Sciences, National Council of State Legislatures, the Albert Shanker Institute, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), and state education agencies.