Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
MPA

John Tyler

Professor of Education and Economics

Areas of Interest: Economics of education and quantitative policy analysis, school reform, teacher quality and teacher evaluation, program evaluation.

Biography

John Tyler received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998 with training situated at the intersection of the economics of education and quantitative research methods. He came to the Education Department at Brown University that same year and has been on the Brown faculty since. During his career he has carved out a national reputation for examining the economic returns to the GED credential, including the role of the GED in prison-based education, and, more recently, work that has examined how data from new teacher evaluation systems can be used to improve the quality of the teacher workforce. Before graduate school Tyler was a farmer and then a middle school teacher in West Texas. 

Research

John Tyler's research has focused on emerging teacher evaluation systems and particularly the role of evaluation in helping improve teacher effectiveness and the quality of the teacher workforce. Of particular interest are questions concerning how data from evaluation can be used to improve the quality of the teacher workforce and what are the barriers to effective use of evaluation data. In past research Tyler has examined dropout issues, the economic returns to the GED credential, the returns to skills for low educated individuals, and the impact of correctional education on post-release labor market outcomes of criminal justice offenders. His doctorate is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he concentrated on work in the economics of education.

Publications

Tyler, John H. 2013. “If You Build It Will They Come? Teachers’ Online Use of Student Performance Data.” Education Finance and Policy 8(2): 168-207.

Cho, Rosa and John H. Tyler. 2013. “Does Prison-Based Adult Basic Education Improve Post-Release Outcomes for Male Prisoners in Florida?” Crime and Delinquency 59(7): 975-1005.

Taylor, Eric S. and John H. Tyler. 2012. “The Effect of Evaluation on Teacher Performance.” American Economic Review 102(7):3628-3651 (Authors listed alphabetically).

Taylor, Eric S. and John H. Tyler. 2012 “Can Teacher Evaluation Improve Teaching?” Education Next 12(4). (Authors listed alphabetically).

Kane, Thomas J., Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler, and Amy L. Wooten. 2011. “Identifying Effective Classroom Practice Using Student Achievement Data.” Journal of Human Resources 46(3):587-613 (Authors listed alphabetically).

Kane, Thomas J., Eric S. Taylor, John H. Tyler, and Amy L. Wooten. (2011) “Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness.” Education Next 11(3): Summer. (Authors listed alphabetically).

Tyler, John H., Eric S. Taylor, Thomas J. Kane, and Amy L. Wooten. 2010. “Using Student Performance Data to Identify Effective Teachers and Teaching Practices.” American Economic Review 100:256-260..

Teaching

EDUC 1130/ECON 1301: Economics of Education I

EDUC 2350: Economics of Education II

EDUC 1160: Analyzing the Impact of Social Programs

EDUC 1110: Introductory Statistics for Education Policy Analysis