College of Education and Health Professions

Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Education Policy

Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair in Education Policy
Education Reform

207 Graduate Education Building
Phone: 479-575-4971
FAX: 479-575-3196
garyr@uark.edu

Degrees:

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Education Policy and Leadership, 2000
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Public Policy and Management, 1996
M.A., University of Manchester, Social Policy, 1993
B.A.,  John Carroll University, Finance, 1990

Teaching Areas:

Education Policy
Program Evaluation
Public Policy
Research Methods in Education

Research Interests:

Program Evaluation
School Finance
At-risk youth

Professional Biography:

Gary W. Ritter is a Professor of Education Reform and Public Policy and holder of the Endowed Chair in Education Policy in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. He is also the Director and Founder (in 2003) of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. The goal of the Office for Education Policy is to be a resource that aids state legislators, school board members, and other policymakers in thoughtful decision-making concerning K-12 education in the State of Arkansas. Gary has been a faculty member at the University of Arkansas since 2000.

Currently, his primary area of interest is the development of alternative strategies for teacher compensation in public schools. His research interests also include program evaluation, school finance, standards-based and accountability-based school reform, and racial segregation in schools. Gary currently teaches courses in Education Policy, Assessment of Educational Outcomes, Program Evaluation, and Research Methods to graduate students. His work has been published in various outlets, including Phi Delta Kappan, Review of Educational Research, Education Finance and Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Education Finance, the American Review of Public Administration, the International Journal of Testing, the Georgetown Public Policy Review, Black Issues in Higher Education, Education Next, and Education Week.

Gary graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor's degree in Finance in 1990. After working as a Jesuit Volunteer for Sacred Heart School in Camden, N.J., he attended the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, where he earned an MA in Social Policy. Upon his return to the United States, Gary earned an MA in Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and Ph.D. in Education Policy in 2000 from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife and five children.

Publications/Presentations:

Books and Book Chapters

Ritter, G. W., & Barnett, J.H.  2013 (forthcoming May 2013).  A Straightforward Guide to Teacher Merit Pay: Encouraging and Rewarding Schoolwide Improvement. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Ritter, G. W., Jensen, N.C., Kisida, B., & McGee, J.  2012. The Charges of Racial Segregation in Charter Schools are Overstated.  In Margaret Haerens and Lynn Zott (Eds.), Charter Schools: Opposing Viewpoints.   (pp. 186-196).  Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press.  

Ritter, Gary W.  2009.  Education Reform in Arkansas: Hitting a Moving Target, in J. Parry and R. Wang (Ed.) Arkansas Politics. (pp. 562-586). University of Arkansas Press.

Winters, M.A., Ritter, G.W., Greene, J.P., and Marsh, R. 2009. Student Outcomes and Teacher Productivity and Perceptions in Arkansas.  In Matthew G. Springer (Ed.), Performance Incentives: Their Growing Impact on American K-12 Education.   (pp. 273-293).  Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.  

Ritter, Gary W. 2005.  Education Reform in Arkansas:  Past and Present.  Reforming Education in Arkansas: Recommendations from the Koret Task Force, 2005.  (pp.27-42). Hoover Institution Press: Stanford, CA.  Available:  http://www.korettaskforce.org/books/arkansas/27.pdf

Brown, John & Ritter, Gary W. 2005.  Introduction.  Reforming Education in Arkansas: Recommendations from the Koret Task Force, 2005.  (pp.xiii-xvii). Hoover Institution Press: Stanford, CA.  Available:  http://www.korettaskforce.org/books/arkansas/

Journal Articles

Ritter, G. W., Holley, M. J., & Jensen, N.C.  2013 (forthcoming).  Does Classroom Technology Make a Difference? A Random Assignment Study in U.S. Classrooms.  Effective Education, volume 4.

Ritter, G. W. & Shuls, J.V. 2012. If a Tree Falls in the Forest, But No One Hears …  Phi Delta Kappan, 94, 3, 34-38.

Ritter, Gary W.  2012.  Using the Proper Tool for the Task: RCTs are the Gold Standard for Estimating Programme Effects.  Journal of Children's Services. 7, 2, 148-152.

Barnett, J. H., Jensen, N. C., & Ritter, G.W. 2010. Dollars for Sense: Assessing Achievement Gaps in Arkansas in the Context of Substantial Funding Increases. Association of Mexican-American Educators (AMAE) Journal. 4(1), 39-47.

Ritter, G. W. & Jensen, N.C. 2010. The Delicate Task of Developing an Attractive Merit Pay Plan for Teachers.  Phi Delta Kappan, 91, 8, 32-37.

Ritter, G. W., Jensen, N.C., Kisida, B., & McGee, J.  2010. A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation: Flawed Comparisons Lead to Overstated Conclusions.  Education Next, 10, 3, 69-73.

Buck, S., Ritter, G. W., Jensen, N.C., & Rose, C. P. 2010. Teachers Say the Most Interesting Things - An Alternative View of Testing.  Phi Delta Kappan, 91, 6, 50-54.

Ritter, G. W., Maranto, R. A., & Buck, S. 2009. Harnessing Private Incentives in Public Education. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 29,3, 249-269.

Ritter, G. W., Barnett, J. H., Denny, G. S., & Albin, G. R. 2009. The Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring Programs for Elementary and Middle School Students: A Meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research. 79, 1, 3-38.

Ritter, Gary W. & Maynard, Rebecca.  2008.  Using the Right Design to Get the Wrong Answer: Results of a Random Assignment Evaluation of a Volunteer Tutoring Program.  Journal of Children's Services. 3, 2, 4-16. 

Ritter, Gary W. & Holley, Marc J.  2008.  Lessons for Conducting Random Assignment in Schools.  Journal of Children's Services. 3, 2, 28-39.

Miller, Will H., Kerr, John B., & Ritter, Gary W. 2008.  School Performance Measurement: Politics and Equity.  The American Review of Public Administration, 38, 1, 100-117. 

Ritter, Gary W. & Lucas, Christopher J.  2006.  Devil in the Details: Making Sensible Modifications to “No Child Left Behind”.  Education Finance & Policy.  1, 2, 266-277.

Mulvenon, Sean W., Stegman, Charles E., & Ritter, Gary W.  2005. Text Anxiety: A Multifaceted Study on the Perceptions of Teachers, Principals, Counselors, Students, and Parents.  International Journal of Testing, 5, 1, 37-61.

Ritter, Gary W, Newgent, Rebecca A., & Higgins, Kristin K.  2004. The University Volunteer Tutoring Experience.  Journal of Research in Education, 14, 1, 67-72.

McDonald, Janet D., Hughes, Mary F., & Ritter, Gary W.  2004. School Finance Litigation and Adequacy Studies.  University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, 27, 1, 69-105.

Osburn, Monica Z., Stegman, Charles, Suitt, Laura D., & Ritter, Gary W.  2004.  Parent’s Perceptions of Standardized Testing: Its Relationship and Effect on Student Achievement. Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies.  4, 1, 75-95.

Ritter, Gary W. & Lucas, Christopher, J.  2003. Puzzled States.  Education Next, 3, 4, 55-61.   

Ritter, Gary W., Zief, Susan, G., & Lauver, Sherri C.  2003.  The Use of Evidence in Out of School Time Initiatives: Implications for Research and Practice.  Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2, 1.  Available:

Ritter, Gary W. & Lauver, Sherri C.  2003.  School Finance Reform in New Jersey: A Piecemeal Response to A Systemic Problem.  Journal of Education Finance. 28, 4, 575-598.

Barnett, Joshua H., Ritter, Gary W., & Lucas, Christopher J.  2002.  Educational Reform in Arkansas: Making Sense of the Debate over School Consolidation. Arkansas Educational Research & Policy Studies Journal.  2, 2, 1-21.

Ritter, Gary W., Mulvenon, Sean W., Scott, Kristina A., & Lucas, Christopher J. 2002. Overcoming the Obstacles: Implementing State Accountability Systems for Schools. Arkansas Educational Research & Policy Studies Journal.  2, 1, 26-47.

Ritter, Gary W., Rush, Alison, & Rush, Joel.  2002.  How Might School Choice Affect Racial Integration in Schools?  New Evidence from the ECLS-K.  Georgetown Public Policy Review. 7, 2, 125-136.

Hill, O. Fitzgerald, Ritter, Gary W., Murry, Jr., John W., & Hufford, Candice.  2002.  Coaching:  Colleges’ (Un)Level Playing Field.  Black Issues in Higher Education. 19, 4, 111.

Lauver, Sherri C., Ritter, Gary W., & Goertz, Margaret E.  2001.  Caught in the Middle: The Fate of the Non-Abbott Districts in the Wake of New Jersey’s Court Ruling.  Journal of Education Finance, 26, 3, 281-296.

Ritter, Gary W. & Miller, William H.  2001.  Arkansans’ Views on Key Educational Policy Issues.  Arkansas Educational Research & Policy Studies Journal, 1, 1, 18-41.

Mulvenon, Sean W., Murry, Jr., John W., & Ritter, Gary W.  2001.  High Stakes Testing and Accountability Programs: Policy and Practice Guidelines for Implementing these Programs.  Arkansas Educational Research & Policy Studies Journal, 1, 1, 76-97.

Lauver, Sherri C., Ritter, Gary W., Maynard, Rebecca A., & Alberino, Cristi.  2001. Extended Learning Opportunities for Philadelphia Students: Local Actions, National Implications?  The Fels Center of Government Journal of City and State Public Affairs, 2, 1, 18-31.

Ritter, Gary W. & Boruch, Robert F.  1999.  The Political and Institutional Origins of a Randomized Controlled Trial on Elementary School Class-size: Tennessee’s Project STAR.  Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 21, 2, 111-125.

Published Monographs, Working Papers and Project Reports

 

Ritter, Gary W., Jensen, Nathan C., Kisida, Brian, & Bowen, Daniel H.   (October 2012).  “Choosing Charter Schools: How Does Parental Choice Affect Racial Integration?”  Working Paper of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. http://ncspe.org/publications_files/OP214.pdf   

Jensen, Nathan C., Woodworth, James L., Ritter, Gary W. (September, 2011). “2009-10 Summary of eStem Student Achievement: Year Two Evaluation Report.”  Published by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.

Heyburn, Sara, Lewis, Jessica, & Ritter, Gary.  (March 2010).  “Compensation Reform and Design Preferences of Teacher Incentive Fund Grantees.” Policy Paper Published by the National Center for Performance Incentives (NCPI), Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. http://www.performanceincentives.org/news__events/detail.asp?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=526&ModuleID=25&NEWSPID=1

Ritter, G.W., Greenwood, R., Jensen, N.C., & Rose, C.P. (November 2009). “Estimated Impact of the Opening of Little Rock Urban Collegiate Public Charter (UCPC) School.” University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Department of Education Reform.

Jensen, Nathan C., Ritter, Gary W. (September, 2009). “An Analysis of the Impact of Charter Schools on Desegregation Efforts in Little Rock, Arkansas.”  Published by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Available:  http://www.uark.edu/ua/oep/AER/6_3_An_Analysis_of_the_Impact_of_Charter_Schools_on_Desegregation_Efforts_in_Little_Rock_Arkansas.pdf

Winters, Marcus A., Ritter, Gary W., Marsh, Ryan H., Greene, Jay P., and Holley, Marc J.  (December 2008).  “The Impact of Performance Pay for Public School Teachers: Theory and Evidence”, published by Harvard University, PEPG 08-15,  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/pepg/PDF/Papers/Winters_et_al_PEPG08-15.pdf

Maranto, R., Ritter, Gary W., and Stotsky, Sandra. (December 2008). “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Will President Obama's School Reform Bring the Change Kids Need?”  Golden, CO: Independence Institute (IP-10-2008).  Available at   http://www.i2i.org/articles/IP_10_2008.pdf.

Jensen, Nathan C., Ritter, Gary W., Seal, Bentley R. (September 2008). “Classrooms of the 21st ‎Century: Year Two Evaluation Final Project Report”. Project Report Submitted to the Bentonville School District.  ‎

Ritter, G.W., Holley, M.J., Jensen, N.C., Riffel, B.E., Winters, M.A., Barnett, J.H., and Greene, J.P. (January 2008). “Year Two Evaluation of the Achievement Challenge Pilot Project in the Little Rock Public School District.” Published as an educational resource for Arkansas schools, legislators, and policymakers by the Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas.  Available: http://uark.edu/ua/der/Research/merit_pay/year_two/Full_Report_without_Appendices.pdf.

Hoffman, A.C., Holley, M.J., Jensen, N.C., Riffel, B.E., & Ritter, G.W. (August 2007). “Classrooms of the 21st Century: Year One Evaluation Final Project Report.”  Submitted to the Bentonville School District. 

Barnett, J. H., Ritter, G.W., Winters, M.A., Greene, J.P. (January 2007). "Evaluation of Year One of the Achievement Challenge Pilot Project in the Little Rock Public School District." Department of Education Reform. Available: http://www.uark.edu/ua/der/Research/merit_pay.html

Winters, M.A., Ritter, G.W., Barnett, J.H., Greene, J.P. (January 2007). "An Evaluation of Teacher Performance Pay in Arkansas." Department of Education Reform. Available: http://www.uark.edu/ua/der/Research/performance_pay_ar.html

Carr, Matthew & Ritter, Gary W.  (November 2007).  “Measuring the Competitive Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement in Ohio's Traditional Public School”.  Working Paper of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. (http://www.ncspe.org/publications_files/OP146.pdf)

Ritter, Gary W.  (November 2006).  Review of “Segregation Levels in Cleveland Public Schools and the Cleveland Voucher Program”.  Published by the Think Tank Review Project, Arizona State University.  Available:  http://epsl.asu.edu/epru/ttreviews/EPSL-0610-213-EPRU.pdf

Ritter, Gary & Barnett, Joshua.  (March 2006).  State of Arkansas School Funding Analysis: Comparing 2003-04 and 2004-05 Revenue and Expenditure in Arkansas Schools.  Prepared for the Arkansas Senate and House Adequacy Study Oversight Committee. Little Rock, AR.  Available: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/data/education/Expenditure_Analysis_Report_no_deseg_7-28-06.pdf

Greene, J.P., Barnett, J.H., Ritter, G.W. & Winters, M.A. (January 2006). School Performance Index.  Published as an educational resource for Arkansas schools, legislators, and policymakers by the Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas.  Available:  http://www.uark.edu/ua/der/Research/SPI_Full_Document.pdf

Ritter, Gary W., Denny, George E., Albin, Ginger R., Barnett, Joshua H., & Blankenship, Virginia L.  (2006). The Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring Programs: A Systematic Review.  Campbell Collaboration Register of Interventions and Policy Evaluations (C2-RIPE).  Available:  http://campbellcollaboration.org/ 

Summers, Julie, Barnett, Joshua H., Ritter, Gary W., & Greer, Jenni.  (2004). “Arkansas School Finance 2004: Under the Eyes of Two Special Masters.”  Report Published by the School Finance Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association in the Annual Monograph from the Proceedings of the State of the States and Provinces Symposium.   (Note: This is not refereed).  http://www.ku.edu/~bdbaker/fipefsos/default.htm

Ritter, Gary W, McDonald, Janet, Barnett, Joshua, & Summers, Julie.  (2003). “School Finance in Arkansas in 2002-2003.”  Report Published by the School Finance Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association in the Annual Monograph from the Proceedings of the State of the States and Provinces Symposium.   (Note: This is not refereed).

Maynard, Rebecca A. & Ritter, Gary W.  (April 2001).  “The Academic Impact of Volunteer Tutoring in Urban Public Schools: Results of an Experimental Design Evaluation.”  Report Submitted to the Smith Richardson Foundation in conjunction with Grant 9801-155: Evaluation of West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. 

Ritter, Gary W.  (2000).  The Academic Impact of Volunteer Tutoring in Urban Public Elementary Schools:  Results of an Experimental Design Evaluation.  Ph.D.  University of Pennsylvania, 2000.  235 pp.  Advisor:  Maynard, Rebecca A. 

Summers, Anita A. & Ritter, Gary W.  (September 1996).  An Intercity and Interdistrict Comparison of the Philadelphia School District’s Fiscal Support, Working Paper #268, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Summers, Anita A. & Ritter, Gary W.  (August 1996).  The Costs to Large Cities of Educating Poor Children, Draft Working Paper, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Ritter, G.W., Ash, J,. Leuken, M., & Melia, L. (November 2012). The Effects of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship On Academic and Economic Outcomes. Paper Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Baltimore, MD.

Jensen, N.C., & Ritter, G.W. (November 2012) .Merit Pay In Arkansas: An Evaluation of the Cobra Pride Incentive Program In Fountain Lakes. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Baltimore, MD.

Woodworth, J.L., & Ritter, G.W. (March 2012) Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich? Consequences of District-level Funding Policies Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Boston, MA.

Ritter, G.W. (October 2011). The El Dorado Promise: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Promise Programs.  Paper presented at the PromiseNet 2011 Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Jensen, N.C., Ritter, G.W., Bowen, D.H.  (June 2011). Choosing Schools: How Does Parental Choice Affect Racial Integration of Pupils?  Paper presented at the European Political Science Association. Dublin, Ireland.

Shuls, J.V., Maranto, R.A., & Ritter, G.W. (April 2011).  Overcoming the Geographic Teacher Shortage: Lessons from KIPP Delta. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  New Orleans, LA. 

Ritter, G.W., Jensen, N.C., Kisida, B., & McGee, J.B.  (November 2010). A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation Using School Proximity.  Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Boston, MA.

Jensen, N.C., Ritter, G.W., Shuls, J.  (July 2010).  NWEA Assessments & Performance Pay: A Case Study of the eStem Public Charters Schools.  Paper presented at the NWEA Summer Conference. Portland, OR.

Chaplin, D. & Ritter, G.W. (March 2010).  Teacher Performance Rewards: The Devils are in the Details.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Finance Association.  Richmond, VA. 

Ritter, G.W. (November 2009). The Impact of Charter Schools on Racial Integration in Urban Public School Classrooms.  Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington, DC.

Chaplin, D. & Ritter, G.W. (November 2009).  Teacher Performance Rewards: The Devils are in the Details.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Economics Association.  San Antonio, TX. 

Gray, N.L., Barnett, J.H., & Ritter, G.W. (April 2009).  States Found Guilty of Inequity, Districts Yet to be Tried: An Analysis of Intra-District Spending Inequities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  San Diego, CA. 

Jensen, N.C., Barnett, J.H., & Ritter, G.W. (March 2009).  Dollars for Sense: Assessing Achievement Gaps in Arkansas in the Context of Substantial Funding Increases.  Paper presented at the American Education Finance Association. Nashville, TN.

Gray, N.L., Barnett, J.H., & Ritter, G.W. (March 2009).  Are Education Dollars in Kids' Backpacks or Lost in District Coffers? An Analysis of Intra-District Spending. Paper presented at the American Education Finance Association. Nashville, TN.

Jensen, N.C. & Ritter, G.W.  (March 2009).  The 21st Century Classroom: A Random Assignment Study of the Impacts of Interactive Classrooms. Paper presented at the American Education Finance Association. Nashville, TN.

Ritter, G.W. & Jensen, N.C. (October 2008). The 21st Century Classroom: A Two-Year Random Assignment Study of the Impacts of Interactive Classrooms. Presented at the Third Annual Conference Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences: Methods and Synthesis, University of York, England. 

Winters, M.A., Ritter, G.W., Marsh, R.H., Greene, J.P., Holley, M.J. (May 2008). The Impact of Performance Pay for Public School Teachers: Theory and Evidence. Paper presented at CESifo/PEPG Conference on Economic Incentives: Do They Work in Education? Insights and Findings from Behavioral Research CESifo Conference Center, Munich, Germany.

Jensen, N.C., Riffel, B.E., Holley, M.J., Ritter, G.W., & Barnett, J.H. (April 2008). Understanding the Effects of Performance Pay on Teacher Behavior: Lessons from the Achievement Challenge Pilot Project. Paper presented at the American Education Finance Association. Denver, CO.

Ritter, G.W., Holley, M.J., Jensen, N.C., & Hoffman, A.C. (March 2008). The 21st Century Classroom: A Random Assignment Study of the Impacts of Interactive Classrooms.  Paper presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Conference, Crystal City, VA.

Winters, M.A., Greene, J.P., Ritter, G.W., Marsh, R.H. (February 28-29, 2008). The Effect of Performance-Pay in Little Rock, Arkansas on Student Achievement. Prepared for the National Center for Performance Incentives Conference at Vanderbilt University.

Holley, M.J., Ritter, G.W., & Riffel, B.R. (November 2007). The Role of Interest Groups in Shaping Merit Pay Policy in Arkansas. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington, DC.

Ritter, G.W., Holley, M.J., & Barnett, J.H. (November 2007). How Does Merit Pay Change Schools? An Evaluation of the Impacts of the Little Rock Achievement Challenge Pilot Project. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington, DC.

Carr, M., & Ritter, G. (March 2007). Measuring the Competitive Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement in Ohio’s Traditional Public Schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Finance Association. Baltimore, MD.

Holley, M.J. & Ritter, G.W. (March 2007). Randomized Field Trial of the Impacts of Education Technology on Student Achievement. Paper presented at the American Education Finance Association Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Barnett, J.H., Winters, M.A., Ritter, G.W., & Greene, J.P. (November 2006). How much value is added? An evaluation plan for the Achievement Challenge Pilot Project. Paper presented at the fall meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. November 2, 2006.  Madison, WI.

Barnett, J.H., & Ritter, G.W. (November 2006). Objective or Subjective? Examining the relationship between professional evaluations and the value-added model of the Teacher Advancement Program. Paper presented at the fall meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. November 2, 2006.  Madison, WI.

Ritter, G.W. & Barnett, J.H. (Apr 2006).  Where’s the Money?  An Evaluation of Dramatic Increases to School Funding in Arkansas.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  April 7-11, 2006: San Francisco. 

Denny, G. S., Hudson, V. L., & Ritter, G. W. (Apr 2006). Making sense of the emerging evidence for the impact of school accountability. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. April 7-11, 2006: San Francisco.

Turner, R. & Ritter, G.W. (Apr 2006) Does the Impact of Preschool Childcare on Cognition and Behavior Persist throughout the Elementary Years?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  April 7-11, 2006: San Francisco.

Barnett, J. H. & Ritter, G. W.  (March 2006).  “What Does Money Buy?  Evaluating New Jersey’s Abbott IV Decision by Comparing the Abbotts to Other Poor Districts.”  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Finance Association, Denver, CO, March 23-25, 2006.

Ritter, G.W. & Barnett, J.H. (Feb 2006).  The Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring Programs Systematic Review.  Paper presented at the annual Campbell Collaboration Colloquium.  February 22-24, 2006: Los Angeles.   

Albin, G. R., Barnett, J.H., Featherston, L.W., Floyd, L.R., Ritter, G.W., Schneller, H.L., & Turner, F. (Feb 2006).  Effects of Computer Assisted Reading Programs on Elementary Students:  A Systematic Review.  Paper presented at the annual Campbell Collaboration Colloquium.  February 22-24, 2006: Los Angeles.

Ritter, G. W., Vogel, C., & Suitt, L. (April 2005).  Exploring the Relationship Between Television Viewing and Attentiveness at School Using ECLS-K Database. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 2005.

Barnett, J. H. & Ritter, G. W.  (April 2005).  Punitive Damages: Evaluating the Policies Governing the Use of Corporal Punishment Familial, Social, and School Influences on Child and Adolescent Development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 2005.

Ritter, G. W. & Barnett, J. H.  (March 2005).  What Does Money Buy?  An Evaluation of the Results of New Jersey’s Abbott IV Decision.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Finance Association, Louisville, KY, March 17-19, 2005.

Hudson, V. & Ritter, G. W. (March 2005).  What is the Impact of Accountability Programs on Student Achievement?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Finance Association, Louisville, KY, March 17-19, 2005.

Ritter, G. W., Lucas, C. J., Turner, R. C., Minkel, K., & Williams, T. L.  (October 2004).  Keeping Score: What Do We Know About the Impact of Statewide School Accountability Programs on Student Achievement?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, October 30, 2004.

Barnett, J.H. & Ritter, G. W.  (October 2004).  Exploring the Characteristics of High-Flyers in the Primary Grades.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, October 30, 2004.

Turner, R. C. & Ritter, G.W.  (April 2004).  Does the Impact of Preschool Childcare on Cognition and Behavior Persist throughout the Elementary Years?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, April 12-16, 2004.

Scher, L., Zief, S. G., Ritter, G. W., Cottingham, P., & Lauver, S. C.  (February 2004).  Test Bed Reviews:
Issues, Options and Decisions in Generating Reviews.  Paper presented at the fourth Campbell Collaboration Colloquium, Washington, DC. February 19, 2004.

Ritter, G. W. & Lucas, C. J.  (November 2003).  Are State Education Officials Ready for NCLB?  An In-Depth Examination.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 8, 2003.

Ritter, G. W. & Turner, R. C.  (April 2003).  The Impact of Day Care on School Readiness: Using New Data to Examine the Controversy.  Paper presented at the biennial conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa Bay, FL, April 24, 2003.

Ritter, G. W. & Lauver, S. C.  (April 2003).  Racial Integration for Young Students in Public and Private Schools:  New Evidence from the ECLS-K.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003.

Ritter, G. W., Higgins, K. K., & Newgent R. A.  (April 2003).  Volunteer Tutors:  Who are they, why do they do it, and how do they benefit?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003.

Mulvenon, S. W., Stegman, C., & Ritter, G. W.  (April 2003).  Diverse Perspectives on Test Anxiety for Elementary Students:  What do Students, Teachers, and Parents Report?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003.

Ritter, G. W.  (February 2003).  Review of the Evidence on the Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring Programs.  Paper presented at the third Campbell Collaboration Colloquium, Stockholm, Sweden, February 26, 2003.

Ritter, G. W.,  Murry, J. W., & Mulvenon, S. W.  (November 2002).  Overcoming the Obstacles: Implementing State Accountability Programs for Schools.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Dallas, TX, November 8, 2002.

Ritter, G. W., Lauver, S. C., & Zief, S. G.  (November 2002).  Applications of Systemic Reviews in Education Interventions.  Mini-plenary session at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Dallas, TX, November 8, 2002.

Ritter, G. W.  (April 2002).  The Impact of Day Care on School Readiness: New Information from Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K).  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 4, 2002.

Ritter, G. W. & Connors, J.  (November 2001).  Resurrecting the Research on Peer Tutoring.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Little Rock, AR, November 16, 2001.

Zozone, M., Denny, G., & Ritter, G. W. (November 2001).  Exploring the Relationship Between Academic Self-Esteem and Academic Performance for Students in Low-Performing Urban Elementary Schools.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Little Rock, AR, November 15, 2001.

Zozone, M., Ritter, G. W., & Stegman, C. (November 2001).  Parents’ attitudes toward and perceptions of standardized testing … And what is the effect on student achievement?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Little Rock, AR, November 14, 2001.

Ritter, G. W. & Hughes, M. F.  (November 2001).  Comparing School Finance Equity among Mid-South States.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Little Rock, AR, November 14, 2001.

Ritter, G. W.  (November 2001).  Does Volunteer Tutoring Lead to Academic Improvement for Disadvantaged Elementary Students.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 1, 2001.

Ritter, G. W. & Rush, A.  (November 2001).  New Evidence on the Effects of School Choice on Racial Integration.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, November 3, 2001.

Ritter, G. W., Rush, J., & Biglan, K.  (May 2001).  The Effects of Artificial Turf on Player Availability and Longevity in Major League Baseball.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sports Management, Virginia Beach, VA, June 2, 2001.

Murry, J. W., Hill, O. F., Schleibaum, M., and Ritter, G. W.  (May 2001).  Barriers and Opportunities for African-American Coaches in NCAA.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sports Management, Virginia Beach, VA, May 31, 2001.

Edgecombe, N. & Ritter, G. W.  (April 2001).  Student Ranked Social Supports.  Poster presented in symposium (Title Examining Outcomes of the Chicago Comer SDP:  School Climate and Child Well-Being) at the annual conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 2001.

Ritter, G. W.  (April 2001).  The Evidence on the Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring in the United States: Implications for Policy and Practice.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA, April 11, 2001.

Ritter, G. W. & Miller, W.  (February 2001).  Arkansans’ Views on Key Educational Policy Issues.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association, Searcy, AR, February 24, 2001.

Ritter, G. W. & Lauver, S. C.  (November 2000).  Caught in the Middle: The Fate of Rural and Middle-Wealth Districts in the Wake of New Jersey’s School Finance Reform.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Seattle, WA, November 2, 2000.

Mulvenon, S. W., Murry, J. W., & Ritter, G. W.  (November 2000).  High Stakes Testing and Accountability Programs: Policy and Practice Guidelines for Implementing these Programs.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Seattle, WA, November 4, 2000.

Lauver, S. C., Ritter, G. W., Maynard, R. A., & Alberino, C.  (November 2000).  The Role of After-School Programs for At-Risk Students in Philadelphia.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Seattle, WA, November 4, 2000.

Ritter, G. W. & Lauver, S. C.  (April 2000).  Exploring the Inequities in School Funding in Middle- and Low-Wealth Communities in New Jersey.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 28, 2000.

Ritter, G. W.  (April 2000).  The Academic Impact of Volunteer Tutoring in Urban Public Elementary Schools: Results of an Experimental Design Evaluation.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 25, 2000.

Kelsey, M., Lauver, S. C., & Ritter, G. W.  (April 2000).  How to do Random Assignment in Schools and Other Related Settings.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 25, 2000.

Lauver, S. C., Ritter, G. W., & Goertz, M. E.  (April 1999).  Caught in the Middle: The Fate of the Non-Abbott Districts in the Wake of New Jersey’s Court Ruling.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada, April 20, 1999.

Ritter, G. W.  (April 1999).  Experimental Evaluation of a University-Public School Partnership.  Paper presented at the 1999 Spencer Foundation Student Research Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA, April 9, 1999.

Ritter, G. W., Lauver, S. C., & Goertz, Margaret E.  (March 1999).  Caught in the Middle: The Fate of the Non-Urban Districts in the Wake of New Jersey’s School Finance Litigation.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Finance Association, Seattle, WA, March 18, 1999.

Ritter, G. W. & Boruch, R. F.  (October 1998).  The Political and Institutional Origins of a Large-Scale Education Experiment.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, New York, NY, October 31, 1998.

Belcher, C. L., Fuhrman, S. H. & Ritter, G. W.  (October 1998).  Variability in Accountability Relationships Between Schools and External Vendors.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, New York, NY, October 29, 1998.

Ritter, G. W. & Fuhrman, S. H.  (April 1998).  External School Reform Providers and Accountability.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, April 15, 1998.

Fuhrman, S. H. and Ritter, G. W.  (November 1997).  The Meaning of Accountability Across School Wide Designs Promoted by Outside Vendors.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington DC, November 6, 1997.

 

Grants:

Current:

2003-14    Principal Investigator, Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas

2012-14    Principal Investigator, Jump-Starting the Campbell Collaboration Education Group

2012-14    Principal Investigator, Arkansas Teacher Corps                                                                      

2009-13    Principal Investigator, Fountain Lake Public School District                                                   

2008-11    Principal Investigator, e-Stem Public Charter Schools                                                             

2011-14    Co-Principal Investigator, NW Arkansas Career and College Coaching Program   

2011-12    Principal Investigator, ADE School Improvement Grant Evaluation                                    

2011-14    Principal Investigator, Helena-West Helena Development of Performance Pay Program  

Completed:

2007-10    Principal Investigator, What Works Clearinghouse

2009-10    Principal Investigator, Learning, Educating, Achieving in the Delta (LEAD) Program

2006-08    Principal Investigator, Classrooms of the 21st Century Technology Evaluation

2007         Principal Investigator, Planning Grant for Rogers Schools TIF Application

2006-07    Principal Investigator, Multi-Site Evaluation of Pay-For-Performance Program for Elementary Teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas

2005-06    Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Effectiveness NovaNET® in Rogers, AR

2005         Principal Investigator, Evidence on the Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring Programs

2004-05    Co-Investigator, Partnership between the University of Arkansas and the Koret Task Force

2004-05    Co-PI, Study of K-16 Education for Hispanic Students in Northwest Arkansas

2001-04    Principal Investigator, Northwest Arkansas Annual Education Benchmarks

2001-03    Principal Investigator, Implementing Accountability in Public Education