Collin Hitt is a Doctoral Academy Fellow in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. His research agenda covers “No Excuses” charter schools, athletics in schools, and non-cognitive skill formation.
He previously served as the Senior Director of Government Affairs at the Illinois Policy Institute. He has been a member of the board of directors for Springfield Ball Charter School, Freedom to Learn Illinois and the Springfield Area Arts Council. In 2009, he was appointed to the Illinois Charter School Alternative Authorizer Task Force, and in 2011 he served on the National Digital Learning Council. He has written policy reports, editorial commentaries and legislative proposals that have gained coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, CNN.com and every major local paper in Illinois.
He is a native of Springfield, Illinois. He is a graduate of Springfield High School and Southern Illinois University.
- Jay P. Greene, Collin Hitt, Anne Kraybill and Cari A. Bolguski. “Learning from Live Theater: Experimental Impacts on Knowledge, Tolerance and Other Outcomes,” Education Next, Winter 2015. (link)
Works in Progress
- Collin Hitt. “Quantifying Carelessness: Using Inconsistent Answers on Surveys as a Proxy Measure for Noncognitive Skills.”
- Hana Vonkova, Gema Zamarro, Vera DeBerg and Collin Hitt, “Comparisons of Student Perceptions of Teacher’s Performance in the Classroom: Using Parametric Anchoring Vignette Methods for Improving Comparability.”
- Idelfonso Méndez, Gema Zamarro, José G. Clavel, and Collin Hitt, “Habilidades No Cognitivas y Diferencias en Rendimiento en PISA 2009 Entre Las Comunidades Autónomas Españolas,” invited book chapter, under review.
- Collin Hitt and Patrick J. Wolf, “Achievement versus Attainment: Are School Choice Evaluators Looking for Impacts in the Wrong Places?”, invited book chapter, under review
- Collin Hitt, Julie R. Trivitt and Albert Cheng. “When You Say Nothing At All: The Predictive Power of Student Effort on Surveys,” under review, revisions requested.
- Albert Cheng, Collin Hitt, Brian Kisida and Jonathan Mills, “No Excuses Charter Schools: A Meta-Analysis of the Experimental Evidence on Student Achievement,” under review, revisions requested.