Michael Christian

Michael Christian
Research Scientist,
Education Analytics
Michael Christian is a research scientist at Education Analytics, a nonprofit data science and research startup in Madison, Wisconsin. He previously worked as an assistant scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Value-Added Research Center (VARC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work at VARC focused on developing and estimating value-added models in a wide range of school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, Milwaukee Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, Madison Metropolitan School District, and Minneapolis Public Schools, as well as a number of state educational agencies. Prior to that, he worked as a staff economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Dr. Christian also has extensive experience providing technical assistance for districts and states participating in the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Publications by Michael Christian
Evidence From Interim Assessments in California
At the first anniversary of school closures due to COVID-19, nearly half of the K–12 students in the U.S. were attending schools that were either fully remote or offering hybrid instruction, with more than 70 percent of California students attending…
This brief applies value-added models to student surveys in the CORE Districts to explore whether social-emotional learning (SEL) surveys can be used to measure effective classroom-level supports for SEL. The authors find that classrooms differ in…
Findings from the First Large-Scale Panel Survey of Students
Measures of school-level growth in student outcomes are common tools used to assess the impacts of schools. The vast majority of these measures are based on standardized tests, even though emerging evidence demonstrates the importance of social-…