Massachusetts ESOL Impact Study

I am the Co-Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Impact Study, a project conducted in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE). The purpose of this project is to produce more generalizable findings on the impact of English language instruction on the outcomes of immigrants by partnering with additional public adult education programs to implement randomized enrollment lotteries and participate in our research. Our first cohort of partner organizations are transitioning to a randomized enrollment process in the 2019-2020 school year.

Working Papers

The effect of charter school openings on traditional public schools in North Carolina and Massachusetts. [Under review]

Who benefits from the GED? New regression discontinuity evidence from Massachusetts. (With Blake Heller)

English language skills and naturalization: evidence using an age-at-arrival instrument. [In progress]

Language skills and immigrant success. With Blake Heller. [In progress]


Charter School Authorizing in California. Technical Report. Getting Down to Facts II.  With Martin R. West. (2018). With Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE.

Access to Postsecondary Schooling and the GED: New Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Massachusetts. With Blake Heller. (2017) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Policy Brief.