Philip Gleason

Philip Gleason

Senior Fellow, Associate Director of Human Services Research
Areas of Expertise
  • Charter schools and school choice
  • Evaluation design and methodological issues
  • Federal nutrition programs
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • School Reform
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
  • Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
About Philip

Philip Gleason is an expert in evaluation design with extensive experience directing studies of education initiatives and federal nutrition programs. 

Gleason currently directs two major studies for the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education—one that examines low-income students access to highly effective teachers in school districts around the country and a second that looks at a school reform effort centered around the implementation of data-driven instruction to improve teacher effectiveness. He recently directed a large-scale evaluation of Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) schools that examined the impacts of KIPP elementary, middle, and high schools and tracked the performance of the charter school network over time. He also directed a rigorous national evaluation of charter schools for the U.S. Department of Education.

In recent years, Gleason has played a key role in research examining administrative and nutrition-related aspects of federal nutrition programs, including the relationship between school meal participation and childhood obesity, the accuracy of certification for free and reduced-price school meals, and the dynamics of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He is currently the principal investigator of an evaluation of a demonstration program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reduce childhood hunger. He has also studied a variety of methodological and design issues, including a current study examining the validity of value-added models as an approach to measuring teacher effectiveness as well as past validation studies of regression discontinuity and comparison group designs. In addition, he has published a series of papers on statistical issues related to nutrition research.

Gleason has published his work in a variety of education, nutrition, and public policy journals. He is on the board of editors of the American Educational Research Journal as well as the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and recently served on an Institute of Medicine Committee on the Adequacy of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Key Projects
  • School children in classroom with teacher
    KIPP: Preparing Youth for College

    Mathematica built on its initial study of KIPP middle schools with this five-year project, designed to address the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows. The study included an impact analysis, an implementation analysis, and a correlational analysis.

  • Charter Schools: Are They Effective?

    This national evaluation of charter schools addressed questions about the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement, students' school success, and parents' satisfaction.

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    Building the Knowledge Base on Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness

    Mathematica designed and conducted three large-scale studies on the relationship between teacher preparation and effectiveness, using the most rigorous approach possible—random assignment of students to teachers from different kinds of programs—and compared student test scores to gauge teacher effectiveness.