Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

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Published in Association with American Educational Research Association

Joshua Cowen Michigan State University
Spyros Konstantopoulos Michigan State University
Cassandra Guarino University of California Riverside
Peter Youngs University of Virginia

eISSN: 19351062 | ISSN: 01623737 | Current volume: 39 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA) is the premier journal for rigorous, policy-relevant research on issues central to education. The articles that appear inform a wide range of readers—from scholars and policy analysts to journalists and education associations—working at local, state, and national levels. EEPA is a multidisciplinary journal, and editors consider original research from multiple disciplines, orientations, and methodologies.


Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA) publishes manuscripts of theoretical or practical interest to those engaged in educational evaluation or policy analysis, including economic, demographic, financial, and political analyses of education policies, and significant meta-analyses or syntheses that address issues of current concern. The journal seeks high-quality research on how reforms and interventions affect educational outcomes; research on how multiple educational policy and reform initiatives support or conflict with each other; and research that informs pending changes in educational policy at the federal, state, and local levels, demonstrating an effect on early childhood through early adulthood.

Managing Editor
Valerie A. von Frank Michigan State University
Editorial Board
Daphna Bassok University of Virginia
Michael N. Bastedo University of Michigan
Robert Bifulco Syracuse University, USA
Henry Braun Boston College
Quentin Brummet US Government
Deven Carlson University of Oklahoma
Benjamin Castleman University of Virginia
John Cheslock Pennsylvania State University
Amita Chudgar Michigan State University
Sean Corcoran New York University, USA
Kalena E. Cortes Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Jerry D'Agostino The Ohio State University, USA
Morgaen Donaldson University of Connecticut
Shaun Dougherty University of Connecticut
Susan Dynarski University of Michigan
Mimi Engel Vanderbilt University
Stella Flores Vanderbilt University
Ken Frank Michigan State University
Seth Gershenson American University
Sara Goldrick-Rab University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Michael Gottfried University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Betheny Gross Center on Reinventing Education
Laura Hamilton RAND Corporation
Carolyn J. Heinrich Vanderbilt University
Gary T. Henry Vanderbilt University
Nicholas W. Hillman University of Wisconsin - Madison
Scott A. Imberman Michigan State University
Huriya Jabbar University of Texas at Austin
Rebecca Jacobsen Michigan State University
Sean Kelly  
Cory Koedel University of Missouri
Matthew A. Kraft Brown University
Michal Kurlaender University of California, Davis
Jane Arnold Lincove Tulane University
Spiro Maroulis Arizona State University
Julie Marsh University of Southern California, USA
José Felipe Martinez University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Paco Martorell University of California, Davis
Henry May University of Delaware
Andrew McEachin RAND Corporation
Patrick J. McEwan Wellesley College
Tatiana Melguizo University of Southern California
Trey Miller RAND Corporation
Thomas F. Nelson Laird Indiana University
Gregory J. Palardy University of California, Riverside
John Papay Brown University
Stephen Porter North Carolina State University
Douglas Ready Teachers College, Columbia University
Robert K. Ream University of California, Riverside
Randall Reback Barnard College
Joseph P. Robinson-Cimpian New York University
Josipa Roksa University of Virginia
Jennifer Lin Russell University of Pittsburgh
Lucrecia Santibañez Claremont Graduate University
Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj Seton Hall University
Janelle Scott University of California, Berkeley, USA
Judith Scott-Clayton Teachers College, Columbia University
Thomas M. Smith University of California, Riverside
Katharine O. Strunk University of Southern California
Min Sun University of Washington
Robert K. Toutkoushian University of Georgia
Tina Trujillo University of California, Berkeley
Jeffrey Valentine University of Louisville
Martin West Harvard Graduate School of Education
Marcus Winters University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Ron W. Zimmer Vanderbilt University
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    Researchers submitting manuscripts should consult the Standards for Reporting on Research in AERA Publications and the AERA Code of Ethics.

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    • Keep manuscripts to a maximum of 45 pages or 10,000 words, including all tables and figures.
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    • Place all figures and tables at the end of the text, and type figure captions on a separate page rather than with the original figures. This page is not counted in the manuscript length limit.
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    As part of the submission process, please check off your submission’s compliance with the requirements below. If your submission does not meet these requirements, it may be returned to you and delay consideration of your work.

    1. The submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, or an explanation has been provided in the Cover Letter.
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    4. The submission is in Microsoft Word. Any supplemental files are in Microsoft Word, RTF, Excel, or PDF. 
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    Checklist Once Your Manuscript is Accepted

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    • Upload figures as individual files in the original version from the application the figure was created in. Figures must not be embedded in a Word doc.

    • Include only references cited in the text in your reference list. The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the reference list.

    • Do not use underlining. Use sentence structure, not italics, to create emphasis; words to be set in italics should be typed in italics.

    • Spell out abbreviations and acronyms at first mention unless they are found as entries in their abbreviated form in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., 2003 (e.g., “IQ” needs no explanation).

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    • Ensure the text includes a reference to any figure or table so readers look for the supporting documentation. Any table, formula, or figure must be in an editable form and should be included at the end of the manuscript text.

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    This journal uses a transfer of copyright agreement that requires just one author (the corresponding author) to sign on behalf of all authors. Please identify the corresponding author for your work when submitting your manuscript for review. The corresponding author will be responsible for the following:

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