UTeach is a well-known, university-based program designed to increase the number of high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...
Ben Backes is currently a Researcher with the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program at the American Institutes for Research. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC San Diego in 2012 with a dissertation focusing on the impact of statewide bans on the use of racial preferences in college admissions.
Dr. Backes has published papers on topics including whether affirmative action bans depressed minority college enrollment rates and whether the bans discouraged minority students from applying to college. He is currently exploring how universities changed their admissions rules in response to affirmative action bans, and how these new admissions rules affected students’ human capital investment decisions prior to entering college.
The Common Core Conundrum: To What Extent Should We Worry That Changes to Assessments and Standards Will Affect Test-Based Measures of Teacher Performance?
Using administrative longitudinal data from five states, we study how value-added measures of teacher performance are affected...
Most public school teachers in the United States are enrolled in defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Using administrative micro data from four...
Recent evidence on teacher productivity suggests teachers meaningfully influence noncognitive student outcomes that are commonly overlooked by...Teacher Attrition and Mobility During the Teach For America Clustering Strategy in Miami-Dade County Public Schools
We examine the extent to which clustering large numbers of Teach For America (TFA) corps members in a limited number of low-performing schools was...
In this paper we examine a range of postsecondary education and labor market outcomes, with a particular focus on minorities and/or disadvantaged...Examining Spillover Effects from Teach For America Corps Members in Miami- Dade County Public Schools
A sizeable body of evidence has documented the effectiveness of Teach For America (TFA) corps members at raising the mathematics test scores of...
This paper examines how banning affirmative action in university admissions affects both overall academic achievement and the racial gap in...
This paper assesses the extent to which schools in the University of California (UC) system were able to restore racial diversity among admitted...
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