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Brian Gill studies K–12 education policy, including charter schools, educator effectiveness, and the implementation and impacts of high-stakes testing and other accountability regimes.

Gill is one of the nation’s leading experts on the effects of charter schools. He has led pioneering studies of nonprofit charter-school management organizations; online charter schools, and KIPP. Gill co-directed the first study of the effects of charter high schools on graduation, college enrollment, and earnings in adulthood; and the first study of the impact of charter schools on civic participation. Gill is also an expert on accountability regimes in education, serving as a principal investigator for the federal study of the implementation of ESEA. He was lead author on a study of the implications of behavioral science research for accountability in schools.

He directs the U.S. Department of Education’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, assisting educators and officials with high-priority projects, including the refinement of accountability systems and the development of improved measures of educator performance; he is one of the nation’s leading experts on the evaluation of school principals.

Work by Brian Gill

How the Federal Government Can Help Schools Reopen Safely

As the country awaits widespread distribution of COVID-19 vaccines during the coming months—and with President-Elect…

Charter Schools and Segregation: What the Research Says

In an August 2018 commentary in the New York Times entitled “School Choice Is the Enemy…

Are Schools Creating Engaged Citizens? How Would We Know?

Most of the rigorous research on school performance focuses on reading and math scores simply…

What We Know—And Need to Know—About Private-School Choice

Private-school choice is at the top of the Trump administration’s education agenda. And it’s expanding…

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