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Ready, Douglas
Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy
Education Policy and Social Analysis

215 Zankel

Office Hours:
Tuesday, 3:00-5:00

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Educational Foundations (Sociology) and Public Policy
M.Ed., University of Virginia, Social Foundations of Education
M.M., University of Rochester
B.M.Ed., Ohio State University

Scholarly Interests


Dr. Ready, an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, researches the links between education policy, social policy, and educational equity. Much of this research focuses on how contemporary policies moderate or exacerbate socio-demographic disparities in cognitive development. Representative work has appeared in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational PolicySociology of Education, American Educational Research JournalAmerican Journal of EducationTeachers College Record, Research in Higher Education, Early Childhood Research QuarterlyEarly Education and Development, as well as in books and edited volumes published by the Brookings Institution, Teachers College Press, and the American Educational Research Association.


Ongoing and Recent Projects

Teach for America Teachers in Duval County Public Schools: An Analysis of Retention and Performance. U.S. Department of Education and Duval County (Florida) Public Schools, Race to the Top Funds. Principal Investigator.


Do Teacher Incentives Improve Teacher Retention and Student Outcomes in Breakthrough Charter Schools? U.S. Department of Education, Teacher Incentive Fund. Principal Investigator.


Reimagining the Classroom: Teach to One Math in Elizabeth Public Schools. U.S. Department of Education, Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). Principal Investigator.


Racial and Socio-Economic Inequality in Early Cognitive Development: The Role of Children’s Health and School Absences. National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics via the AERA Grants Program. Principal Investigator.


Developing an Accountability Model Aligned With Common Core. U.S. Department of Education, Charter School Program, National Leadership Grant. Co-Principal Investigator. 

Selected Publications

Ready, D.D., & Chu, E.M. (in press). Socio-demographic inequality in early literacy development: The role of teacher perceptual accuracy. Early Education and Development.

Ready, D.D. (2014). Teach for America Teachers in Duval County Public Schools: An Analysis of Retention and Performance. upload/ddr2111/FINAL_TFA_DUVAL.pdf

Ready, D.D. (2013). Associations between student achievement and student learning: Implications for value-added school accountability models. Educational Policy, 27(2), 92-120.

Reid, J.L., & Ready, D.D. (2013). High-quality preschool: The socioeconomic composition of preschool classrooms and children’s learning. Early Education and Development, 24(8), 1082-1011.

Wells, A.S., Ready, D.D., Duran, J., Grzesikowski, C., Hill, K., Roda, A., Warner, M, & White, T. (2012). Still separate, still unequal, but not always so “suburban”: The changing nature of suburban school districts in the New York metropolitan area. In W.F. Tate (Ed.), Research on schools, neighborhoods, and communities (125-149). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

Ready, D.D., & Silander, M.R. (2011). School racial composition and young children’s cognitive development: Isolating family, neighborhood, and school influences. In E. Frankenberg & E. DeBray (Eds), Integrating schools in a changing society: New policies and legal options for a multiracial generation (91-113). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Ready, D.D., & Wright, D.L. (2011). Accuracy and inaccuracy in teachers’ perceptions of young children’s cognitive abilities: The role of child background and classroom context. American Educational Research Journal, 48(2), 335-360.

Kugelmass, H., & Ready, D.D. (2011). Racial/ethnic disparities in collegiate cognitive gains: A multilevel analysis of institutional influences on learning and its equitable distribution. Research in Higher Education, 52(4), 323-348.
Ferguson, J.L., & Ready, D.D. (2011, co-authored). Expanding notions of social reproduction: Grandparents’ educational attainment and grandchildren’s cognitive skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 216-226.

Ready, D.D. (2010). Socio-economic disadvantage, school attendance, and early cognitive development: The differential effects of school exposure. Sociology of Education, 83(4), 271-286.

Lee, V.E., & Ready, D.D. (2009). The U.S. high school curriculum: Three phases of research and reform. The Future of Children, 19(1), 135-156.

Ready, D.D. (2008). Class-size reduction: Policy, politics, and implications for equity. Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ready, D.D. & Lee, V.E. (2008). Choice, equity, and the schools-within-schools reform. Teachers College Record, 110(9), 1930-1958.

Ready, D.D. & Lee, V.E. (2007). Optimal context size in elementary schools: Disentangling the effects of class size and school size. In T. Loveless & F.M. Hess (Eds.), Brookings Papers on Education Policy, 2006/2007 (99-135). Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution.

Lee, V.E. & Ready, D.D. (2007, co-authored). Schools-within-schools: Possibilities and pitfalls of high school reform. New York: Teachers College Press.

Burkam, D.T., LoGerfo, L.F., Ready, D.D., & Lee, V.E. (2007). The differential effects of repeating kindergarten. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 12(2), 103-136.
Lee, V.E., Burkam, D.T., Ready, D.D., Honigman, J.J., & Meisels, S.J. (2006). Full-day vs. half-day kindergarten: In which program do children learn more? American Journal of Education, 11(2), 163-208.

Ready, D.D., LoGerfo, L.F., Lee, V.E., & Burkam, D.T. (2005). Explaining girls’ advantage in kindergarten literacy learning: Do classroom behaviors make a difference? Elementary School Journal, 106(1), 21-38.

Lee, V.E., & Ready, D.D. (2005). The schools-within-schools reform: A viable solution to the problems of large high schools? In T. Urdan and F. Pajares (Eds.), Educating Adolescents: Challenges and Strategies (179-206). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publications.

Ready, D.D., Lee, V.E., & Welner, K. (2004). Educational equity and high school organization. Teachers College Record, 106(10), 1989-2014.

Burkam, D.T., Ready, D.D., Lee, V.E., & LoGerfo, L. (2004). Social-class differences in summer learning between kindergarten and first grade: Model specification and estimation. Sociology of Education, 77(1), 1-31.

Nettles, M.T., Millett, C.M., & Ready, D.D. (2003). High schools on the front line: Attacking the African American/White achievement gap on college admissions tests. In D. Ravitch (Ed.), Brookings Papers on Education Policy, 2003 (215-252). Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution.

Lee, V.E., Ready, D.D., & Johnson, D.J. (2001). The difficulty of finding rare samples to study: The case of high schools divided into schools-within-schools. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 23(4), 365-379.





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