The Coates-Miranda edition

In this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Alyssa Schwenk contrast the views of two MacArthur “geniuses,” weigh the role of “life experiences” in the college admissions process, and question reform critics’ push to block John King’s confirmation as education secretary. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains how DCPS gathers various data on teacher hiring but doesn't make the best use of them.

Amber's Research Minute

Brian Jacob, Jonah E. Rockoff, Eric S. Taylor, Benjamin Lindy, and Rachel Rosen, "Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from DC Public Schools," NBER (March 2016).