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David Plank

Before joining PACE in January 2007, David N. Plank was a Professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center. He was previously on the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he taught courses and conducted research in the areas of educational finance and policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1983. Plank is the author or editor of six books, including the AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. He has published widely in a number of different fields, including economics of education, history of education, and educational policy. His current interests include the role of the State in education, and the relationship between academic research and public policy. In addition to his work in the United States, Plank has extensive international experience. He has served as a consultant to international organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and also to governments in Africa and Latin America. He may be reached at dnplank@stanford.edu (650) 721-2422

May 25th, 2011 | 03:42 PM

Following up on an earlier post, the debate on assessment policy turns on the question of how much information we really need or even want to have about student performance.  At the level of rhetoric, of course, we want as much information as we can get, and we want that information to be as accurate as possible.  As a practical matter,...

May 12th, 2011 | 01:40 PM

It looks as though the day of reckoning is finally at hand.  (See here for background).    Governor Brown is set to issue his budget revise next Monday, and then the dogs will be off the leash.  In his campaign the Governor promised not to raise taxes without a vote of the people.  But Republicans have refused to assent...