Education

ACRE Research Papers:

Can We Simply Raise the Bar on Teacher Quality? by Dr. James Shuls

To ensure teacher quality, states require teachers to pass qualifying exams to obtain a teaching license. This study examines whether there is a positive correlation between teachers’ effectiveness and their qualifying exam scores. Taking advantage of the fact that Arkansas does have some teachers who scored less than the minimum qualifying score, this paper evaluates whether or not students whose teachers score higher on standardized tests outperform students whose teachers score lower on the tests. The study finds no significant difference in effectiveness between teachers that pass the Praxis I teacher certification exam and those that fail. The implication of Shuls’s finding is that instead of screening out ineffective teachers only, Praxis I exams actually screen out potentially high quality teachers in Arkansas.

Policy Reviews:

Arkansas Charter Schools: Myths and Facts by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

This policy review addresses some common myths and misconceptions that many Arkansans have about charter schools in Arkansas. This review debunks five of the major myths used by opponents of expanding access to open enrollment charter schools: Open enrollment charter schools don’t enroll many black or Hispanic students, Education outcomes at open enrollment charter schools are worse than those at traditional public schools, Open enrollment charter schools hire underqualified teachers, Open enrollment charter schools receive more public funding than traditional public schools, and that traditional public schools will be forced to shut down because they can’t compete with open enrollment charter schools.

 

Op-eds/Commentary:

  • Shortage Solution op-ed published September 23rd, 2016 by ACRE policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu. Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Online.
  • More to Choose op-ed published July 30th, 2016 by ACRE policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu. Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Online.
  • Celebrate School Choice op-ed published February 13, 2016 by policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu. The Jonesburo Sun
  • Lower the Screen op-ed published December 3, 2015 by ACRE policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu. Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Online.
  • Nothing to Show op-ed published September 28, 2015 by ACRE policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu. Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Online.
  • Happy Birthday, Sir. op-ed published July 31, 2015 by ACRE policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu. Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Online.

Blog Posts:

Myth 5: Traditional Public Schools will be Forced to shut down Because they can’t Compete with Open Enrollment Charter Schools by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Myth 4: Open Enrollment Charter Schools Receive more Public Funding than Traditional Public Schools by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Myth 3: Open Enrollment Charter Schools Hire Underqualified Teachers by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Myth 2: Education Outcomes at Open Enrollment Charter Schools are Worse than Those at Traditional Public Schools by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Myth 1: Open Enrollment Charter Schools Don’t Enroll Many Black or Hispanic Students by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Dispelling Myths About Open Enrollment Charter Schools in Arkansas by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Charter School Myths and Facts by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

School Choice Gives Your Child $200,000 by Dr. Mavuto Kalulu

Change Coaches’ to Improve Arkansas Education

Videos:

3 - TITLE ProminentWhat’s the best way to improve K-12 education in Arkansas? A video by ACRE argues one way to accomplish this goal is by improving school choice through the expansion of open enrollment charter schools. Unfortunately, the debate over expanding access to open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas has been plagued by many myths. This video debunks five of the major myths used by opponents of expanding access to open enrollment charter schools.