Jim Wyckoff


  • Data and statistics
  • Education reform
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Merit pay
  • School finance and spending
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher performance pay
  • Teacher quality
  • Tenure

Jim Wyckoff is the Curry memorial professor of education and policy, and director of the EdPolicyWorks at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on providing evidence for improving teacher quality: teacher preparation, recruitment, assessment and retention. Currently he is examining how teacher assessment and evaluation systems may improve the quality of teaching, especially in traditionally low-performing classrooms. Much of this work is situated in public schools in New York City and Washington, D.C., and occurs in collaboration with policymakers. He currently serves on the editorial board of Education Finance and Policy and Educational Researchers. He has served as president of the American Education Finance Association and a member of the APPAM policy council. Wyckoff has been a member of four National Research Center committees examining various aspects of education. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.