Research Assistant Professor
Economic & Policy Analysis Research Center
Department of Economics
18 Professional Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Ph.D., Comprehensive Vocational Education, University of Missouri at Columbia
Expertise: professional development, teacher quality, vocational education
Mark W. Ehlert is Research Assistant Professor with the Economics and Policy Analysis Research Center at the University of Missouri at Columbia and a member of the CALDER Missouri team. Dr. Ehlert has worked extensively with institution- and state-level data to conduct research and evaluation on K-12, higher education, and employment and training systems. He has participated in numerous program evaluations and research studies utilizing both primary data and state-wide administrative data sets. He also assisted in designing and conducting a multi-site and multi-state evaluation of the Successful Schools Program, a school reform effort initiated by the Ewing-Marion Kauffman Foundation. He is also a member of an evaluation team that continues to study implementation and outcomes associated with a multi-project professional development program in Missouri.
His recent research includes analyzing longitudinal student test scores; profiling the eligibility and distribution of financial aid in Missouri colleges and universities; examining the predictive ability of Missouri's high-school proficiency test on the college-going rates and performance of high-school graduates; evaluation of school-level and individual-level outcomes associated with Missouri's A+ Schools Program; and evaluating outcomes from and participation in the state's workforce development system.
Dr. Ehlert currently plays a vital role in the evaluation of the Texas Governor’s Performance-Based Pay Program for educators in Texas, the largest educator incentive program in the county. He holds a Ph.D. in comprehensive vocational education from the University of Missouri at Columbia.