Ed Boe

Professor
Co-Director, Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy

Quantitative Methods Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-5697

Email: boe@gse.upenn.edu

Professional Biography

After serving for two years as a line officer in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Boe earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Washington State University. He subsequently held faculty appointments at the University of Victoria (Canada) and the University of Washington (Seattle) before completing a year of postdoctoral study in psychology at Brown University. In 1966, he joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has continued to serve in several roles, including professor (since 1980), associate dean (1969–71 and 1976–87), and acting dean (1976 and 1984). With Dr. Robert F. Boruch, Dr. Boe co-founded the Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy in 1992 and has continued as co-director with Dr. Boruch since its inception.

Dr. Boe has written widely on national issues and research on teacher supply, demand, shortage, turnover, and quality. Among his various publications are an edited book entitled Teacher Supply, Demand, and Quality: Policy Issues, Models, and Data Bases and numerous research-based articles and reports on these topics. In addition, various reports of research on student achievement in mathematics and science in more than 40 nations have been issued. He has served on various advisory panels on the supply and retention of personnel in the field of special education.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Boe’s research interests include the supply, demand, shortage, qualifications, and turnover of U.S. teachers (K–12); charter schools; academic achievement in science and mathematics of U.S. students (K–12) in cross-national perspective; and educational reform strategies based on incentives for academic performance. Current projects include numerous analyses of the Schools and Staffing Survey and the Teacher Follow Up Survey (with L. Cook) and the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (with R. Boruch and H. May).

Selected Publications

Boe, E. E., Cook, L. H., & Sunderland, R. J.: Teacher turnover: Examining exit attrition, teaching area transfer, and school migration. Exceptional Children 75: 7-31, 2008.

Cook, L. H., & Boe, E. E.: National trends in the sources of supply of teachers in special and general education. Teacher Education and Special Education 30: 217-232, 2007.

Boe, E. E., Cook, L. H., & Sunderland, R. J.: Attrition of beginning teachers: Does teacher preparation matter?Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy. 2006 Notes: (Research Rep. 2006-TSDQ2).

Boe, E. E., Shin, S., & Cook, L. H.: Does teacher preparation matter for beginning teachers in either special or general education? Journal of Special Education 41: 158-170, 2007.

Boe, E. E.: Long term trends in the national demand, supply, and shortage of special education teachers. Journal of Special Education 40(3): 138-150, 2006.

Boe, E. E., & Cook, L. H. : The chronic and increasing shortage of fully-certified teachers in special and general education. Exceptional Children 72(4): 443-460, 2006.

Boe, E. E., & Shin, S. : Is the United States really losing the international horse race in academic achievement? Phi Delta Kappan 86(9): 688-695, 2005.

Boe, E. E., Cook, L. H., Bobbitt, S. A., & Terhanian, G.: The shortage of fully-certified teachers in special and general education. Teacher Education and Special Education 21: 1-21, 1998.

Boe, E. E., Bobbitt, S. A., & Cook, L. H. : Whither didst thou go? Retention, reassignment, migration, and attrition of special and general education teachers from a national perspective. The Journal of Special Education 30: 371-389, 1997.

Boe, E. E., Bobbitt, S. A., Cook, L. H., Whitener, S. D., & Weber, A. L.: Why didst thou go? Predictors of retention, transfer, and attrition of special and general education teachers from a national perspective. The Journal of Special Education 30: 390-411, 1997.

Boe, E. E., Cook, L. H., Kaufman, M. J., & Danielson, L. : Special and general education teachers in public schools: Sources of supply in national perspective. Teacher Education and Special Education 19: 1-16, 1996.

Boe, E. E., & Gilford, D. M. : Teacher Supply, Demand, and Quality: Policy Issues, Models, and Data Bases. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1992.