NEPC Review: School District Reform in Newark (National Bureau of Economic Research, October 2017) and Assessing the Impact of the Newark Education Reforms (Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University, September 2017)
In 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced, with great fanfare, a $100 million challenge grant for the support of a series of reforms in Newark, NJ schools. The two reports reviewed here are the first attempt at a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the Zuckerberg donation on student achievement. As such, the reports, which were written by a team of economists, have garnered significant attention. The reviewers evaluate the reports and their potential contribution to education policy research.