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Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

eISSN: 19351062 | ISSN: 01623737 | Current volume: 46 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA) is the premier journal for rigorous, policy-relevant research on issues central to education. The articles that appear inform a wide range of readers—from scholars and policy analysts to journalists and education associations—working at local, state, and national levels. EEPA is a multidisciplinary journal, and editors consider original research from multiple disciplines, orientations, and methodologies.


Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA) publishes manuscripts of theoretical or practical interest to those engaged in educational evaluation or policy analysis, including economic, demographic, financial, and political analyses of education policies, and significant meta-analyses or syntheses that address issues of current concern. The journal seeks high-quality research on how reforms and interventions affect educational outcomes; research on how multiple educational policy and reform initiatives support or conflict with each other; and research that informs pending changes in educational policy at the federal, state, and local levels, demonstrating an effect on early childhood through early adulthood.

Editor in Chief
Geoffrey Borman Arizona State University, USA
A. Brooks Bowden University of Pennsylvania,USA
Deven Carlson University of Oklahoma, USA
Amanda Datnow University of California, San Diego, USA
Sylvia Hurtado University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Managing Editor
Associate Editors
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley Arizona State University, USA
Ayesha Boyce Arizona State University, USA
Daniel Klasik The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Meghan McCormick Overdeck Family Foundation
Jason Snipes WestEd, USA
Lucy Sorenson University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Maria T. Tatto Arizona State University, USA
Di Xu University of California, Irvine, USA
Editorial Board
Lucy Arellano University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Dominique Baker University of Delaware, USA
Tia Navelene Barnes University of Delaware, USA
Kevin Bastian The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Angela Boatman Boston College, USA
Tolani Britton University of California, Berkeley, USA
Ishara Casellas Connors Texas A&M University, USA
Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng New York University, USA
Julia Cohen University of Virginia, USA
Sean Corcoran Vanderbilt University, USA
Marcela Cuellar University of California, Davis, USA
Eupha Jeanne Daramola RAND Corporation, USA
Rajeev Darolia University of Kentucky, USA
Shaun Dougherty Boston College, USA
Anna Egalite North Carolina State University, USA
Mimi Engel University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Alejandro Ganimian New York University, USA
Kevin Gee University of California, Davis, USA
Seth Gershenson American University, USA
Ramon B. Goings University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Manuel González Canché University of Pennsylvania
Michael Gottfried University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Terrance Green The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Laura Hamilton American Institutes for Research, USA
Cassandra Hart University of California, Davis, USA
Ayesha K. Hashim NWEA, USA
Carolyn Jean Heinrich Vanderbilt University, USA
Steven Hemelt The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Nicholas W. Hillman University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Huriya Jabbar University of Southern California, USA
DeMarcus Jenkins The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Nathan Jones Boston University, USA
Sean Kelly University of Pittsburgh, USA
Adam Kho University of Southern California, USA
Jihyun Kim Sungshin Women's University, South Korea
Cory Koedel University of Missouri, USA
Constance A. Lindsay The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Brad Marianno University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lindsay Clare Matsumura University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tatiana Melguizo University of Southern California, USA
Thomas F. Nelson Laird Indiana University, USA
Federick Ngo University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Lindsay Page Brown University, USA
Lam Pham North Carolina State University, USA
Ben Pogodzinski Wayne State University, USA
Julie R. Posselt University of Southern California, USA
Rand Quinn University of Pennsylvania, USA
Luis Rodriguez New York University, USA
Karina Salazar University of Arizona, USA
Kelly Slay Vanderbilt University
Jason Taylor University of Utah, USA
Karen Thompson Oregon State University, USA
Erica Turner University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Ilana Umansky University of Oregon, USA
Jon Valant Brookings Institution, USA
Ericka Weathers University of Pennsylvania,USA
Christina Weiland University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Richard Welsh Vanderbilt University, USA
Marcus Winters Boston University, USA
Sharon Wolf University of Pennsylvania, USA
Ron W. Zimmer University of Kentucky, USA
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    Publication Standards

    Researchers submitting manuscripts should consult the Standards for Reporting on Research in AERA Publications and the AERA Code of Ethics.

    Manuscript Style, Length, and Format

    The style guide for all AERA journals is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.

    Please follow these guidelines:

    • Keep manuscripts to a maximum of 45 pages, including all tables, figures and endnotes. References are not included in the page count.
    • Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the page after the title page.
    • Double space your manuscript, and use 1-inch margins on all sides.
    • Use 12-point Times New Roman only.
    • Do not use footnotes. If you find that explanatory or amplifying information must be included in note form, use endnotes typed as normal text after the conclusion of the manuscript text. Notes should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper. Please do not use the endnotes feature of software programs as this makes typesetting difficult. Endnotes are included in the manuscript word count.
    • Present data in figures and tables to clarify information for readers. Refer in the text to any figure or table so readers can find the supporting documentation.
    • Place all figures and tables at the end of the text, and type figure captions on a separate page rather than with the original figures. This page is not counted in the manuscript length limit.
    • Insert subheads at reasonable intervals to break the monotony of lengthy text. Use APA format for headings.
    • Appendices can only appear in the copyedited and typeset PDF if, with their inclusion, the article is still within the maximum page limit of 45 pages. Appendices themselves should exceed three pages. If the inclusion of appendices would make the article longer than 45 pages or they are longer than 3 pages, they can appear instead as online supplementary files.

    Brief Format

    EEPA also publishes Briefs. The Brief format can cover the range of paper topics normally considered for EEPA. Briefs will typically have much shorter introductions, literature reviews, and theoretical frameworks, and will focus primarily on the empirics.

    Briefs will be held to the same rigorous standards for publication as any other submission. The review process will be the same, except that authors will receive no more than one “revise and resubmit” decision before a “reject” or “conditional acceptance/acceptance” decision is made. Authors may choose to submit a Brief for various reasons. For example, a study is a replication in a previously-studied area, and a lengthy literature review section is not needed; the research design does not necessitate a long set of robustness checks; or the topic is of immediate policy relevance and a shorter format may be more accessible to policymakers without sacrificing rigor.

    Briefs should follow the following guidelines:

    • Manuscripts should contain no more than 2500 words, excluding references.
    • No more than three total figures or tables should be included.
    • Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the page after the title page.
    • The manuscript should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides.
    • Only 12-point Times New Roman should be used.
    • Footnotes or endnotes should not be used.
    • Data should be presented in figures and tables to clarify information for readers. References should be made within the text to any figures or tables so readers can find the supporting material.
    • All figures and tables should be placed at the end of the text, and figure captions should appear on a separate page rather than with the original figures. This page is not counted in the manuscript length limit.
    • Subheads should be inserted at reasonable intervals to break the monotony of lengthy text. Use APA format for headings.
    • Appendices can only appear online. Appendices can be used to provide any additional methodological information needed.


    Submission Preparation Checklist

    As part of the submission process, please check off your submission’s compliance with the requirements below. If your submission does not meet these requirements, it may be returned to you and delay consideration of your work.

    1. The submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, or an explanation has been provided in the Cover Letter.
    2. THE MANUSCRIPT CONTAINS NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, EVEN ON THE TITLE PAGE. “Author” and publication year are used in any mention of the author’s work and in the bibliography and notes instead of author names, titles of works, etc. The author’s name has been removed from the document’s Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu (select “File,” “Properties,” “Summary,” and remove the author’s name; select “OK” to save).
    3. The text conforms to APA style and the requirements stated above under “Manuscript Style, Length, and Format.”
    4. The submission is in Microsoft Word. Any supplemental files are in Microsoft Word, RTF, Excel, or PDF. 
    5. All URL addresses in the manuscript (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
    6. An abstract of up to 120 words is included. Please also include at least 3-5 keywords, the terms that researchers will use to find your article in indexes and databases. A term may contain more than one word.

    Checklist Once Your Manuscript is Accepted

    • Submit one high-quality electronic version of each figure that is to be typeset.
    • Upload figures as individual files in the original version from the application the figure was created in. Figures must not be embedded in a Word doc.

    • Include only references cited in the text in your reference list. The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the reference list.

    • Do not use underlining. Use sentence structure, not italics, to create emphasis; words to be set in italics should be typed in italics.

    • Spell out abbreviations and acronyms at first mention unless they are found as entries in their abbreviated form in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., 2003 (e.g., “IQ” needs no explanation).

    • Clearly mark mathematical symbols and Greek letters to indicate italics, boldface, superscript, and subscript. Place any formulas or equations in an editable form rather than as text objects or pictures. We advise submitting all equations in Mathtype to ensure they are correctly formatted during typesetting.

    • Ensure the text includes a reference to any figure or table so readers look for the supporting documentation. Any table, formula, or figure must be in an editable form and should be included at the end of the manuscript text.

    How to Get Help With the Quality of English in Your Submission

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at

    Please be aware that Sage has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

    Copyright Information

    No written or oral permission is necessary to reproduce a table, a figure, or an excerpt of fewer than 500 words from this journal, or to make photocopies for classroom use. Authors are granted permission, without fee, to photocopy their own material or make printouts from the final pdf of their article. Copies must include a full and accurate bibliographic citation and the following credit line: “Copyright [year] by the American Educational Research Association; reproduced with permission from the publisher.” Written permission must be obtained to reproduce or reprint material in circumstances other than those just described. Please direct all requests for permission or for further information on policies and fees to the journal’s Website at

    For authors who use figures or other material for which they do not own copyright:

    Authors who wish to use material, such as figures or tables, for which they do not own the copyright must obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) and submit it along with their manuscript. (However, no written or oral permission is necessary to reproduce a table, a figure, or an excerpt of fewer than 500 words from an AERA journal.)

    For authors of joint works (articles with more than one author):

    This journal uses a transfer of copyright agreement that requires just one author (the corresponding author) to sign on behalf of all authors. Please identify the corresponding author for your work when submitting your manuscript for review. The corresponding author will be responsible for the following:

    • Ensuring that all authors are identified on the copyright agreement, and notifying the editorial office of any changes in the authorship.
    • Securing written permission (by letter or e-mail) from each co-author to sign the copyright agreement on the co-author’s behalf.
    • Warranting and indemnifying the journal owner and publisher on behalf of all co-authors. Although such instances are very rare, you should be aware that in the event that a co-author has included content in his or her portion of the article that infringes the copyright of another or is otherwise in violation of any other warranty listed in the agreement, you will be the sole author indemnifying the publisher and the editor of the journal against such violation.

    Please contact AERA if you have questions or if you prefer to use a copyright agreement for all coauthors to sign.


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    The Publications Committee welcomes comments and suggestions from authors. Please send these to the Publications Committee in care of the AERA central office.

    Right of Reply

    The right of reply policy encourages comments on recently published articles in AERA publications. They are, of course, subject to the same editorial review and decision process as articles. If the comment is accepted for publication, the editor shall inform the author of the original article. If the author submits a reply to the comment, the reply is also subject to editorial review and decision. The editor may allot a specific amount of journal space for the comment (ordinarily about 1,500 words) and for the reply (ordinarily about 750 words). The reply may appear in the same issue as the comment or in a later issue (Council, June 1980).

    If an article is accepted for publication in an AERA journal that, in the judgment of the editor, has as its main theme or thrust a critique of a specific piece of work or a specific line of work associated with an individual or program of research, then the individual or representative of the research program whose work is critiqued should be notified in advance about the upcoming publication and given the opportunity to reply, ideally in the same issue. The author of the original article should also be notified. Normal guidelines for length and review of the reply and publication of a rejoinder by the original article’s author(s) should be followed. Articles in the format “an open letter to …” may constitute prototypical exemplars of the category defined here, but other formats may well be used, and would be included under the qualifications for response prescribed here (Council, January 2002).


    Authors who believe that their manuscripts were not reviewed in a careful or timely manner and in accordance with AERA procedures should call the matter to the attention of the Association’s executive officer or president.

    Sage Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in Sage Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let Sage know directly if you are choosing Sage Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit Sage Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at Sage, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    2016-2018 Coeditors - stop receiving new manuscripts June 30, 2018

    2019-2021 Coeditors - begin receiving new manuscripts July 1, 2018


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