Dr. Ron Zimmer is a Professor and Director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to University of Kentucky, Dr. Zimmer was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University and spent a number years at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Zimmer is currently the coeditor of Journal Policy Analysis & Management and previously was the coeditor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Economics of Education Review. He is currently a board member of both journals. Dr. Zimmer's research focuses on school choice and school finance which has led to a number of scholarly articles, book chapters, and monographs. Much of this research has been funded by an array of foundations, state governments, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The findings from some of this research have been highlighted in major media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Education Week, ABC News, U.S. News and World Report, and CNN. Currently, Dr. Zimmer is co-leading a study funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Laura and John Arnold Foundation to evaluate Tennessee's Achievement School District, which is tasked with raising the performance of low performing schools.
Published papers can be accessed via Google Scholar.
WDBR Louisville: Past school takeovers yield mixed results
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Deal’s school-takeover bid fails basic logic test
U.S. News and World Report: Study: Florida's Charter School Grads Earn More
Miami Herald: Broward could make history with ‘charter conversion’
Education Week: New Study: Data Say Charters Aren't 'Pushing Out' Students
New York Times: School Vouchers Aren't Working, But Choice Is
Los Angeles Times: Charter Schools Keep Pace, Study Says
Wall Street Journal: The Conflicting Charter-School Numbers
Philadelphia Inquire: KIPP students show major improvement, study finds
Education Week: KIPP Schools Boost Academic Performance, Study Finds
Education Week: Taking a Deeper Look at Charters' Discipline Policies
Wisconsin Reporter: Walker’s school choice plan could spark another Act 10-style battle
WPLN News (Nashville): Task Force Frames Sticky Debate Over School Vouchers
The Tennessean: Voucher Formula Isn't Nailed Down by Task Force
Texas Public Radio: The Source: Education in America
Atlanta Constitutional Journal: Fulton Recognizes Parent Demand for Choice and Plans to Offer More. Good Idea?
Push or Pull: School-Level Factors That Influence Teacher Mobility in Turnaround Schools
Evaluating the Gifted Program of an Urban School District using a Modified Regression Discontinuity Design
Charter Schools: A Survey of Research on Their Characteristics and Effectiveness
Estimation of Causal Effects in Experiments with Multiple Sources of Noncompliance
How Does Grade Configuration Impact Student Achievement? Evaluating the Effectiveness of K-8 Schools.
Charter High Schools’ Effects on Long-Term Attainment and Earnings (Issue Brief) (Working Paper)
Can broad inferences be drawn from lottery analyses of school choice programs? An exploration of appropriate sensitivity analyses
Choice in a World of New School Types
Is There Empirical Evidence Consistent with the Claim that Charter Schools "Push Out" Low-Performing Students?
Charter School Authorizers and Student Achievement