The focus of school improvement strategies has shifted from reforming whole schools to improving the quality of instruction in individual classrooms.
- Evaluation design
- Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
- Quasi-experimental methods
- Human Services
- College and Career Readiness
- School Choice and Charters
- School Reform
- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- Teacher and Principal Preparation and Support
Alyson Burnett specializes in designing and conducting educational evaluations. Her research has focused on whole-school and district reform initiatives, school choice and charter schools, and college readiness.
Since joining Mathematica in 2014, Burnett has worked on a range of topics in the education area. She recently led an impact evaluation on Uncommon Schools’ turnaround initiative called TurnNJ. She is currently the impact analysis task lead for the U.S. Department of Education’s impact evaluation of departmentalized instruction in elementary schools. She previously served as principal investigator for an evaluation of participation in, staffing of, and staff training in Advanced Placement courses in the District of Columbia Public Schools, a project for the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Burnett holds a Ph.D. in measurement, statistics, and evaluation from the University of Maryland and has published in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.