Posts Tagged ‘ Andrew Dyke ’

Earlier this month, I attended the Oregon Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Corvallis. I was co-presenting on the links between chronic absenteeism (missing at least 10% of the school year for any reason—using this definition, this is nearly one in four K-12 students in Oregon) and health, of which there are many: poor health and limited access to health care can lead to students missing significant amounts of school. Not surprisingly, missing significant amounts of school also correlates strongly with poor academic and other life outcomes as well. 

Missing school hurts students, and schools clearly have a huge role to play in helping students engage more fully in their education. But in truth, both causes and solutions to chronic absenteeism are likely myriad and will not respect occupational or academic boundaries: the education community can’t do it alone and shouldn’t have to. The session in which I presented highlighted and informed about opportunities for public health practitioners to collaborate and engage with other sectors to improve health outcomes, but the benefits of collaboration flow in both directions. If a focus on attendance helps school-based health clinics identify and address health-related barriers to attendance, then health and education outcomes likely improve, presumably leading to the ultimate goal of a better life for the student. (more…)

Guest Blogger December 11th, 2012 | Guest Blogger

Oversold and Underused

Dr. Andrew Dyke is a Senior Economist at ECONorthwest. He specializes in program evaluation and applied microeconomic analysis. He develops and applies sophisticated econometric models for many policy areas, including crime, education and labor economics. His recent project work includes student achievement growth modeling for Chalkboard Project’s federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund grant, an evaluation of Oregon’s Employer Workforce Training Fund, and regional economic modeling for TriMet and the Puget Sound Regional Council.

We all know this: Improving education to promote student outcomes—academic, social, and otherwise—is hard work, and it requires risk-taking and experimentation to succeed. Unfortunately, it’s also all too easy for individuals—educators and researchers, alike—to assume that they have found the magic bullet, if only everyone would sit up and listen… As a result, the “next big thing” often gets oversold as proven technology, implemented too quickly, and frequently discarded before the final results are in. Good ideas as well as bad can suffer the same fate. (more…)

This afternoon we held the second webinar in our virtual brown bag series on value-added measures. The recorded presentation (audio + powerpoint) can be viewed or downloaded here.

The presentation and discussion include an explanation of what VAM is, how it is different than other measures of school performance, and a bit of national and local context around how it is being used in education. The webinar features talks from Kevin Booker from Mathetmatica Research, Andrew Dyke from ECONorthwest, and Kathleen Sundell from the Salem Keizer Education Association. Feel free to post questions for the experts in the comments section.

In the future, what topic would you like to learn more about?

Looking to keep you informed and keep your questions answered, we want to know what you think our next webinar topic should be. Post your ideas in the comments section or email them to, and stay tuned for information about our next virtual brown bag webinar!



We are continuing our webinar series with a conversation about value-added models–a complex statistical tool for measuring student growth. The discussion will include an explanation of what VAM is, how it is different than other measures of school performance, and a bit of national and local context around how it is being used in education.

Each of these virtual brown bags are designed to provide you with relevant news about education issues and to hear first-hand accounts of ongoing developments from local, state and national policy experts and educators.


TOPIC: What is a value-added model?

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

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