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Cassandra Guarino
Associate Professor
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Wright Ed Bldg 4228
Phone : (812) 856-2927
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Department:  Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
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I am an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I obtained my PhD in the Economics of Education from Stanford University in 1999 with an emphasis on labor economics, after which I worked as an economist at the Rand Corporation and then as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. My research focuses on teacher quality, teacher labor markets, school choice, and issues in which health and education are linked. Recent work has included a study of value-added measures of teacher performance, a study of North Carolina teacher labor markets, and a study of the early identification of special needs. I currently lead an Institute of Education Sciences grant on methodological issues involved in value-added modeling. I have taught courses in economics of education, policy analysis, quantitative research methods, school choice, and microeconomics. 



    • Stacy, B., Guarino, C., Reckase, M., and Wooldridge, J. (Under review) Does the Precision and Stability of Value-Added Estimates of Teacher Performance Depend on the Types of Students They Serve" Working paper #35, Michigan State University Education Policy Center,
    • Guarino, C., Reckase, M., Wooldridge, J. (Published early view November 2014) Can Value-Added Measures of Teacher Performance be Trusted"Education Finance and Policy
    • Guarino, C., Reckase, M., Stacy, B. and Wooldridge, J. (Accepted) A Comparison of Growth Percentile and Value-Added Models of Teacher Performance, Statistics and Public Policy
    • Guarino, C. Tanner, J. (2012) Adequacy, Accountability, Autonomy, and Equity in a Middle Eastern School Reform: The Case of Qatar, International Review of Education, 58(2), pp. 221-245.
    • Guarino, C., Maxfield, M., Reckase, M., Thompson, P., and Wooldridge, J. (Accepted) An Evaluation of Empirical Bayes Estimation of Value-Added Teacher Performance Measures, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
    • Dieterle, S., Guarino, C., Reckase, M., and Wooldridge, J. (Published online July 2014) How do Principals Assign Students to Teachers" Finding Evidence in Administrative Data and the Implications for Value-Added, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
    • Guarino, C., Reckase, M., Stacy, B., and Wooldridge, J. (Accepted) Evaluating Specification Tests in the Context of Value-Added Models of Teacher Performance, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness
    • Zimmer, R. Guarino, C. (2013) Is There Evidence that Charter Schools Push Out Low-Performing Students" Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35(4), 461-480.
    • Guarino, C. (2013) White Paper: Findings and Preliminary Recommendations from the Michigan State and Indiana University Research Study of Value-Added Models to Evaluate Teacher Performance. East Lansing: Education Policy Center at Michigan State University,
    • Guarino, C. (2013) Policy Brief: Highlights of the conference on Using Student Test Scores to Measure Teacher Performance: The State of the Art in Research and Practice. Education Policy Center, Michigan State University
    • Guarino, C., Brown, A., Wyse, A. (2011) Can Districts Keep Good Teachers in the Schools that Need them Most" Economics of Education Review, 30(5), 962-975.
    • Guarino, C., Dieterle, S., Bargagliotti, A., Mason, W. (2013). What can we learn about effective early mathematics teaching" A framework for estimating causal effects using longitudinal survey data. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. 6(2), 164-198.
    • Guarino, C., Reckase, and Wooldridge, J. (Accepted) Introduction to the special issue: Policy and research challenges of moving toward best practices in using student test scores to evaluate teacher performance, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.
    • Guarino, C. (2014) Teacher Effectiveness, Encyclopedia of Economics, Education, and Finance (eds. Dominic Brewer and Lawrence Picus)


    • Statistics and Public Policy: Reviewed journal article.
    • Michigan State University: I was involved in several service activities at my prior insitution Michigan State University. Most notably the following:Steering Committee-IES Predoctoral Training Grant: ? Learning to Use Economic Methods to Answer Questions about Education? CEPSE Student Progress and Retention Committee ? representative from MQM program, , Michigan State UniversityWrote and administered comprehensive exams-MQM-January
    • University of California at Santa Barbara School of Education: Reviewed tenure file for tenure candidate on UCSB faculty.
    • IUB School of Education: Task force for the Dean on using value-added models to evaluate teacher education programs. Produced an eight-page white paper entitled "Using Value-Added Models to Evaluate Teacher Preparation Programs."
    • Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis: Reviewed several articles as board member.
    • IUB School of Education-Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Liaison with SPEA regarding joint degree programs
    • Search Committee for CEEP Director/ELPS faculty member: Together with Barry Bull, I was asked to co-chair the search for the new CEEP director who would also be a tenured faculty member in ELPS. The work began toward the end of 2012 when we designed the position announcement and began recruiting. It is now continuing in 2013 as we review applicants.
    • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management: Reviewed journal article.
    • ELPS: I served on a committee to select the departmental nominee for the Outstanding Dissertation award.
    • Educational Researcher: Reviewed journal article.
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