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Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2006
Matthew G. Springer
Asst. Prof. of Public Policy and Education; Director, NCPI, Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Organizations
Matthew G. Springer is director of the federally-funded National Center on Performance Incentives and assistant professor of public policy and education. Professor Springer's research focuses on education policy, with a particular focus on the impact of policy innovations on resource allocation decisions and student outcomes. His current research includes studies of the impact of teacher pay for performance on student achievement and teacher turnover, mobility, and quality; the strategic resource allocation decision-making of schools in response to No Child Left Behind; the impact of school finance litigation on resource distribution; and the role of school choice in contemporary education policy.
Springer's research is funded by the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Texas Education Agency. He recently served on the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education's roundtable on teacher and principal performance pay programs. He has also worked on several advisory committees charged with designing performance-based compensation systems for teachers and/or principals at the state and district level, and conducted analyses of school finance systems in Alaska, Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina.
Professor Springer's work has appeared in Economics of Education Review, Education Economics, Education Next, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' Regional Economic Development, Journal of Education Finance, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Peabody Journal of Education. He is co-author of a leading education finance textbook, Modern Education Finance and Policy (with J.W. Guthrie, E.A. Houck, and A.R. Rolle; Allyn & Bacon), and editor or co-editor of four more books including the forthcoming, Performance Incentives: Their Growing Impact on American K-12 Education (Brookings Institution Press) and Handbook of Research on School Choice (with M. Berends, D. Ballou, and H Walberg; Taylor and Francis).
Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Professor Springer was a teacher and administrator at a boarding school in upstate New York. He holds a B.A. in education and psychology from Denison University and a Ph.D. in education finance and policy from Vanderbilt University.
Video: Teacher Effectiveness Conference: Welcome and Opening Remarks - Matthew G. Springer