Polikoff's research focuses on standards, curriculum, assessment, and accountability policy in K-12 education. His most recent book, Beyond Standards, analyzes the last three decades of standards-based education policy in the U.S. Polikoff uses quantitative methods from economics and educational measurement and mixed methods from public policy analysis. He has co-edited Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and associate edited the American Educational Research Journal.
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Examines people's misconceptions about the Common Core standards and tests whether a simple intervention (a refutation text) can change those conceptions. Broadly applies to other areas of policy and science.
Examines the alignment of elementary mathematics textbooks to the Common Core Standards and to previous versions of the same textbooks.
Investigates the impact of the most commonly-used elementary mathematics textbooks in California schools.
Examines the design of state accountability systems under the No Child Left Behind waivers and offers a framework in evaluating accountability systems moving forward.