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Marcus A. Winters

Chair, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Faculty Director, Wheelock Educational Policy Center

Dr. Marcus A. Winters is a professor and chair of the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Department at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. He is also faculty director of the Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC). His research focuses on educational policy, with an emphasis on the impact of school choice, accountability, and policies on teacher quality.

Dr. Winters’ research has been published in several academic journals, including Journal of Public EconomicsJournal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisEducational Researcher, and Economics of Education Review. He has also written numerous articles on educational policy topics for popular media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and USA Today.

PhD, Economics, University of Arkansas

MA, Economics, University of Arkansas

BA, Political Science, Ohio University

Schwerdt, G., M. R. West, and M. A. Winters (2017). The Effects of Test-based Retention on Student Outcomes over Time: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Florida. Journal of Public Economics, 152, pp: 154-169.

Winters, M. A., G. Clayton, and D. Carpenter (2017). Does Attending a Charter School Reduce the Likelihood of Being Placed into Special Education? Evidence from Denver, Colorado. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 39(3), pp: 448-463.

Winters, M. A. (2015). Understanding the Gap in Special Education Enrollments Between Charter and Traditional Public Schools: Evidence from Denver, Colorado. Educational Researcher, 44(4), pp 228-236.

Winters, M. A. and J. M. Cowen (2013). Would a Value-Added System of Retention Improve the Distribution of Teacher Quality? A Simulation of Alternative Policies. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 32(3), pp: 634-654.

Winters, M. A. and J. M. Cowen (2013). Who Would Stay, Who Would Be Dismissed? An Empirical Consideration of Value-Added Teacher Retention Policies. Educational Researcher, 42(6), pp: 330-337.

Winters, M. A. and J. M. Cowen (2012). Grading New York: Accountability and Student Proficiency in America’s Largest School District. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 34(3), pp: 313-327.

“The Medium-Run Effects of Florida’s Test-Based Promotion Policy.” Testimony before Ohio Senate Education Committee. April 25, 2012

“Supporting America’s Educators: The Importance of Quality Teachers and Leaders.” Testimony before the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee , May 4, 2010.

“School Choice Performance and Access” University of Colorado Denver, Education Policy Networking Series. Denver, Colorado. March 18, 2015.

“Why The Gap? Charter Schools and Special Education in New York City” Joint event: Manhattan Institute, Center for Reinventing Public Education, New York City Charter School Center. New York City, October 2013.

“Do Accountability Sanctions Lead to Sustained School Improvements?” Federal Reserve Bank of New York, October 25, 2012.