Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Taubman 361
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-2812
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 with a degree in pure mathematics, Albert Cheng taught algebra, statistics, and pre-calculus at James Logan High School in Union City, California. In 2010, he enrolled in Biola University to pursue graduate studies in education with a focus on policy. Since earning a Master's of Education in 2012, he moved from his native California to Fayetteville, Arkansas where he received his Ph.D. in Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, where he was affiliated with The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) and the School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP). He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University.
- University of Arkansas - Ph.D. in Education Policy
- Biola University - M.A. in Education
- University of California, Berkeley - B.A. in Pure Mathematics
- School mission and organizational coherency
- Non-cognitive skills
- Civic values
- Religious schools
- School choice
- Cheng, A., Hitt, C., Kisida, B., Mills, J.N. (2017) "No Excuses" Charter Schools: A Meta-Analysis of the Experimental Evidence on Student Achievement." Journal of School Choice, 11(2), 209-238.
- Vanderwoerd, J.R., & Cheng, A. (2017). "Sexual Violence on Religious Campuses." Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 47(2), 1-21.
- Bowen, D.H., & Cheng, A. (2016). "Losing My Religion: Examining the Impact of Spiritual Cues on Noncognitive Skills." The Journal of Catholic Education, 20(1), 152-176.
- Cheng, A., Tuchman, S., & Wolf, P.J. (2016). "Homeschool Parents and Satisfaction with Special Education Services." Journal of School Choice, 10(3) 381-398.
- Hitt, C.E., Trivitt, J.R., Cheng, A. (2016). "When You Say Nothing At All: The Predictive Power of Student Effort on Surveys." Economics of Education Review, 52, 105-119.
- Cheng, A., Trivitt, J.R., Wolf, P.J. (2016). "School Choice and the Branding of Milwaukee Private Schools." Social Science Quarterly, 97(2), 362-375.
- Cheng, A. (2016). "Do Personnel Policies Matter for Organizational Mission Coherence? A Public School Test." Review of Public Personnel Administration. 36(4), 347-369.
- Wolf, P.J. & Cheng, A. (2014). "Measurement Error. In D.J. Brewer, & L.O. Picus (Eds.)." Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
- Cheng, A. (2014). "Does Homeschooling or Private Schooling Promote Political Intolerance? Evidence from a Christian University." Journal of School Choice, 8(1), 49-68.
Research Reports, Book Chapters, and other Publications:
- Cheng, A., & Wolf, P.J. (2017). "Religious school brands as a school choice communication tool." In D. Hiatt-Michael, (Ed.), Family Involvement in Faith-based Schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
- Cheng, A., & Peterson, P. (2017). "How satisfied are parents with their children's schools?" Education Next, 17(2), 20-27.
- Mills, J.N., Cheng, A., Hitt, C., Wolf, P.J., & Greene, J.P. (2015). "Measures of student non-cognitive skills and political tolerance after two years of the Louisiana Scholarship Program." New Orleans, LA: Education Research Alliance for New Orleans.
- Batdorff, M., Cheng, A., Maloney, L., May J., & Wolf, P.J. (2015). "Buckets of water into the ocean: Non-public revenue in public charter and traditional public schools." Fayetteville, AR: School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas.
- Wolf, P.J., Cheng, A., Batdorff, M., Maloney, L., May, J., & Speakman, S. (2014). "The Productivity of public charter schools." Fayetteville, AR: School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas.
- Batdorff, M., Maloney, L., May, J., Wolf, P.J., Cheng, A. (2014). "Charter funding: Inequality expands." Fayetteville, AR: School Choice Demonstration Project, University of Arkansas.