Gordon's research focuses on American education policy, with an emphasis on equity and the federal role in elementary and secondary education. She has studied the distributional impacts of Title I, fiscal rules governing federal education grants, the Community Eligibility Provision, state school finance reforms, of school desegregation, and school district consolidation. Her current work focuses on helping districts use evidence well.
Gordon has testified before Senate and House committees on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. She has served on the Institute of Education Science Expert Panel on the Study of the Title I Formula and DC's state Title I Committee of Practitioners, and currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
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Describes the institutional System of federal grants administration, and how it administers and enforces fiscal rules. Offers policy recommendations for improving efficacy.
Describes how district decisions around spending Title I are influences by perceptions of federal compliance requirements, and how those perceptions accord with the law itself.
Presents an overview of the historical and current federal role in elementary and secondary education policy.
Analyzes the impact of introduction of Title I on spending and high school graduation rates in Southern school districts.
Analyzes how magnitude of Title I grants impacted the timing of voluntary school desegregation in the South.
Examines impact of state school finance reforms on levels and distribution of non-education state aid to local governments.