Monthly Archives: September 2015

Trachtenberg Professor Dylan Conger Studies How New AP Science Courses Advance Student Outcomes and Interest in STEM

Kerry Belodoff, MPP, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives Every year millions of American high school students take advanced placement (AP) courses to engage in more rigorous academic content and improve their chances of getting into a top college. Two and a half million students took at least one AP course in 2015, with participation in […]

A Good Metric is Hard to Find

Jerry Wei, MPP A proliferation of data has increasingly come to define the modern condition. We now use data to track fitness (Fitbit), hail cabs (Uber), and stalk love interests (Google). With technological advances, data are also being used as metrics to assess organizational and personnel performance. In theory, metrics—standardized, measurable, and objective—should work as […]

Medical Cures Moves to the Senate, but Funding Questions Complicate Future

Paul Melmeyer, MPP Earlier this summer the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act  by a 344-77 vote, and the bill was unanimously approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee, the committee of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives that oversees much of the U.S healthcare system. The bill includes policy reforms for the National […]