Expert Witness: Dr. Daniel Goldhaber


Daniel Goldhaber, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Education Data & Research, and a Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell. Dr. Goldhaber is the co-editor of Education Finance and Policy. Dr. Goldhaber’s work focuses on issues of educational productivity and reform at the K-12 level, the broad array of human capital policies that influence the composition, distribution, and quality of teachers in the workforce, and connections between students’ K-12 experiences and post-secondary outcomes. Dr. Goldhaber’s published research on teachers includes simulations to determine the comparative effects of different layoff policies on the teacher workforce and student outcomes. Dr. Goldhaber earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Goldhaber testified at trial about the following topics and issues:

  • Effects on students of seniority-based reductions in force
  • Disparate impact on minority and low-income students of seniority-based reductions in force

Selected Publications:

  1. The Mystery of Good Teaching
  2. Does Teacher Certification Matter? High School Teacher Certification Status and Student Achievement
  3. Using Performance on the Job to Inform Teacher Tenure Decisions
  4. Everyone’s Doing It, But What Does Teacher Testing Tell Us About Teacher Effectiveness?
  5. Is it Just a Bad Class? Assessing the Long-term Stability of Estimated Teacher Performance
  6. Teacher Layoffs: An Empirical Illustration of Seniority vs. Measures of Effectiveness
  7. Managing the Teacher Workforce in Austere Times: The Implications of Teacher Layoffs
  8. The Disproportionate Impact of Seniority-Based Layoffs on Poor, Minority Students