Simon Rutt is Head of the Centre for Statistics that sits within the larger research department of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). He has been involved in many projects for the Department of Education and the Education Endowment Foundation looking at the evaluation of gains in attainment scores, including numeracy and literacy scores. He has worked on projects that have incorporated Randomised Control Trial (RCT) methodologies and has advised a number of organisations on the use of RCTs for their projects. He is currently project director on the Catch Up literacy evaluation and was project director for the Catch Up numeracy evaluation. As Head of the Centre of Statistics he has overall responsibility for a number of other EEF projects as well a number of other evaluations.
Luke is a Senior Research Economist within the Education, Employment and Evaluation sector. His general research interests include education policy, political economy and poverty and inequality. In the recent past, he has conducted research into the following specific areas: school funding; the impact of the home learning environment on child outcomes; trends in top incomes; trends in child poverty and income inequality; and the politics of tax policy.
Robert Slavin is director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and chairman of the Success for All Foundation. Previously, he was a professor at the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York (England). He received his B.A. in psychology from Reed College in 1972 and his Ph.D. in social relations in 1975 from Johns Hopkins University. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles and book chapters, as well as 24 books, on such topics as cooperative learning, comprehensive school reform, ability grouping, school and classroom organization, desegregation, mainstreaming, research review and evidence-based reform. He received the American Educational Research Associationís Raymond B. Cattell Early Career Award for Programmatic Research in 1986; Palmer O. Johnson award for the best article in an AERA journal in 1988; Charles A. Dana award in 1994; James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States in 1998; Outstanding Leadership in Education Award from the Horace Mann League in 1999; Distinguished Services Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2000; AERA Review of Research Award in 2009; and Palmer O. Johnson Award for the best article in an AERA journal in 2008; and was appointed as a member of the National Academy of Education in 2009 and an AERA fellow in 2010.