Mark Berends

Mark Berends

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Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity

Office: 1014 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-0195
Twitter: @berendma

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Areas of Expertise

Sociology of education, school choice, research methods, school effects on student achievement, educational equity

Berends, an Institute for Educational Initiatives faculty fellow, is director of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. Currently Berends is conducting several studies on school choice, including an examination of how in-school enabling conditions and classroom instruction are related to student achievement gains, curricular alignment among charter and traditional public school teachers, and the effects of charters on students and teachers in a Midwestern school district. In the 1990s, Berends led the summative evaluation of New American Schools, at the time the largest privately funded reform movement in the nation. His latest books are “Examining Gaps in Mathematics Achievement Among Racial-Ethnic Groups, 1972-1992,” “Charter School Outcomes,” “Leading with Data: Pathways to Improve Your School” and the “Handbook of Research on School Choice.” Berends serves on numerous editorial boards, technical panels, and policy forums and recently ended his term as vice president of the American Educational Research Association’s Division L, Educational Policy and Politics. He has served as director of the National Center on School Choice.


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