Lauren Sartain

Lauren Sartain is a Senior Research Analyst at the UChicago Consortium. Her main research interests are in understanding policies and practices that urban schools can implement in order to improve the outcomes and lives of the students and adults in the public school system. To answer these kinds of policy-relevant research questions, she implements a variety of econometric and quasi-experimental research techniques with large-scale administrative data in order to hone in on the effects of various policies. Lauren has also worked at various research institutes like the Chapin Hall Center for Children and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She has published and presented on a wide range of topics, including teacher quality, school choice and school quality, and discipline reform. While Lauren believes it is critical to apply rigorous methods to answer important policy questions, strong research only goes so far. Being able to take key findings and communicate them in a way that is meaningful for families, practitioners, and policymakers is also essential and at the heart of the research-practice partnership model. Lauren's research at the UChicago Consortium gives her a unique vantage point from which to study real-world policy problems in an interdisciplinary way. When she's not being a researcher, Lauren spends a lot of time raising her kiddos, Josephine and Theodore, and their yellow dog, Pearl.

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GoCPS: A First Look at Ninth-Grade Applications, Offers, and Enrollment GoCPS

A First Look at Ninth-Grade Applications, Offers, and Enrollment

Report May 2019
GoCPS: A First Look at Applications and Offers GoCPS: A First Look at Applications and Offers Working Paper Aug 2018
School Closings in Chicago: Staff and Student Experiences and Academic Outcomes School Closings in Chicago

Staff and Student Experiences and Academic Outcomes

Report May 2018
Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago: Admission and Impacts Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago

Admission and Impacts

Snapshot Feb 2018
Rethinking Universal Suspension for Severe Student Behavior Rethinking Universal Suspension for Severe Student Behavior Article Feb 2018
The Predictive Power of Ninth-Grade GPA Report Sep 2017
Preview Not AvailableThe Expansion of High School Choice in Chicago Public Schools Article Jul 2017
The Role of Selective High Schools in Equalizing Educational Outcomes The Role of Selective High Schools in Equalizing Educational Outcomes

Heterogeneous Effects by Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status

Working Paper Nov 2016
The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools: Evidence From Chicago High Schools The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools

Evidence From Chicago High Schools

Article Oct 2016
Teachers' Labor Market Responses to Performance Evaluation Reform

Experimental Evidence from Chicago Public Schools

Article Aug 2016
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