Beyond Test Scores: Measuring the Contributions of Catholic Schools and Universities

Jan 19, 2021
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Quentin WodonInternational Office of Catholic Education

Andrew MillerBoston College

Timothy UhlCatholic Schools for Montana

Annie SmithNational Catholic Education Association

Join us on February 16 for the next event in this series, "Learning Poverty and Education Pluralism: The Global Catholic Education Report 2021."

Catholic schools and universities aim to educate the whole person. Beyond strong academics, they aim to educate towards fraternal humanism. Do we have any evidence that they succeed? Based on recent research for the United States conducted under the new collaborative Global Catholic Education project (, including a set of papers prepared for a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, this webinar will explore this question. Topics to be considered include (1) whether parents sending children to Catholic schools have different priorities for what children should learn in school than other parents; (2) whether students in Catholic schools exhibit self-discipline; (3) whether different stakeholders have different worldviews for Catholic schools; (4) whether there is less violence in Catholic schools than in other schools; (5) whether going to Catholic schools is associated with particular patterns of family formation later in life; and (6) more generally, what is meant by a Catholic identity. While the discussion will focus in large part on schools, implications for Catholic universities will also be discussed. After a presentation summarizing findings from recent research, panelists will share their views on how Catholic schools and universities could rely on these and other research findings to improve the education they provide "beyond test scores". 

Free and open to the public. The event will be held online over Zoom and will be livestreamed on YouTube. This event is organized with the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO), Global Catholic EducationGlobal Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE), the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and the International Office of Catholic Education (OIEC). This event is cosponsored by America Media, and the Roche Center for Catholic Education. 



Quentin Wodon, International Office of Catholic Education


Annie Smith,  Director of Research and Data Management, National Catholic Education Association
Andrew Miller, Assistant Professor, Boston College
Timothy Uhl, Superintendent, Montana Catholic Schools

Quentin Wodon is a lead economist with the World Bank’s Education Global Practice and a project manager (pro bono) with the International Office of Catholic Education. He previously managed the World Bank’s unit on faith and development, served as lead poverty specialist for Africa, and worked as an economist and senior economist for Latin America. He has taught at the University of Namur, American University, and Georgetown University, and served as Distinguished Research Affiliate with the University of Notre Dame. He holds PhDs in economics, environmental science, health sciences, and theology, and has authored more than 500 publications. He has served as associate editor for journals and as president of the Society of Government Economists and the Association for Social Economics. Trained in business engineering, he worked in marketing for Procter & Gamble before shifting career nearly 30 years ago to join ATD Fourth World, a nonprofit working with the extreme poor. He has tried to remain faithful to the cause of ending extreme poverty ever since.


Andrew Miller is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development. His research and teaching focus on the ways Catholic schools and Catholic school leaders, inspired by Catholic social teaching, provide a transformative and socially just education for the students who attend America's Catholic schools. From his early career teaching at St. George Catholic School in Fort Worth, TX to his time working as Director of Academics at the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, Miller has been committed to enhancing the quality of teaching, learning, and leadership in Catholic schools. As a faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education department, Miller teaches graduate electives in the M.Ed. program focused on ethics and equity frameworks and transforming the field of Catholic education. In addition, he teaches courses in the Ed.D. program with other core PSAP faculty members. Miller is currently studying models and methods of Catholic school governance, as well as the organizational features of U.S. Catholic schools located in urban areas.

Dr. Tim Uhl serves as the superintendent of Montana Catholic Schools, serving 23 schools, 3900+ students, and two dioceses (Helena and Great Falls-Billings).  He has previously served as the principal of Holy Rosary Regional School in Tacoma and Catholic High School in New Iberia, Louisiana.  He is the founder of “Catholic School Matters,” a podcast about Catholic Schools, and has recently published his first book, Orchestrating Conflict: Case Studies in Catholic School Leadership (Outskirts Press, 2020), bringing school leaders into the practice of analyzing and reflecting on episodes of conflict and controversy to better meet the challenges of Catholic school leadership. 

Annie Smith joined NCEA’s team in September as the Director of Research and Data Management. Previously, she was an Associate Superintendent of Strategy, Research and Data in the Archdiocese of Boston. Annie has a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Education in education policy and management from Harvard University