Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst

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    Russ Whitehurst is a Senior Fellow in the Center on Children and Families in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. He is also the Editor of the Evidence Speaks project. Previously, he was director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education; U.S. assistant secretary for Educational Research and Improvement; chair of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and academic vice-president of the Merrill-Palmer Institute. He received his Ph.D. in experimental child psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970. He is a widely respected and influential leader in education research and policy in the U.S. and around the world. His specializations include program evaluation, teacher quality, preschools, national and international student assessments, reading instruction, education technology, and education data systems.



Lessons on how from four pioneering districts

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

Evidence In Education: A Look to the Future

The education research community needs to create a supply of research findings that are of immediate relevance to workaday decision-making

Let the Dollars Follow the Child

How the federal government can achieve equity

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Can Johnny Graduate from College?

Crossing the Finish Line by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson
As reviewed by Russ Whitehurst

Winter 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 1

Much Too Late

Brianna and her four-year-old classmates are sitting in a circle around their preschool teacher. The teacher asks, “Who can tell me what they’re going to do when we go to our play centers?” “I’m going to work with Play-Doh,” Brianna answers. “Tell us what you’re going to make,” her teacher responds. “I want to make […]

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Grading Soft Skills: The Brookings Soft Skills Report Card

Towards a more productive way of measuring students’ “soft skills.”


Education Under President Trump Doesn’t Look As Scary As You Might Think

Two aspects of a Trump administration create the prospect of significant disruption in the way things have been.


More on Soft Skills: Time to Flit the Grit

Grit is a personality trait, not a skill to be taught. It is highly heritable. We have no validated interventions for teaching it that can be used by schools.


The Future of Test-based Accountability

We may be in a transformative period fueled by a kind of restlessness that nobody is getting accountability right, the achievement problem remains, and ideas are not manifold about what to do next.


Teacher Dismissals Under New Evaluation Systems

There are flaws in new teacher evaluation systems that need correcting.


Does Pre-K Work? It Depends How Picky You Are

How is it that different individuals could look at the same research and come to such different conclusions?


Test More, Not Less

Have you noticed that the testing and accountability movement is in a bit of trouble?


New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama’s Preschool for All

Poor children deserve effective programs, not just programs that are well-intentioned.

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