Jens Ludwig is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, and co-director of the Education Lab. He helped found the Crime Lab and Education Lab to work closely with the public sector to solve pressing social problems. These partnerships have led to important policy changes in cities around the country, including Chicago and New York, and have been featured in national news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, PBS News Hour, and National Public Radio, and the scientific basis for these policies have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals like the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of EconomicsScience, and Nature. In 2012 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

Jens’s Resources
Realizing the Promise of High Dosage Tutoring at Scale: Preliminary Evidence for the Field
Report

Realizing the Promise of High Dosage Tutoring at Scale: Preliminary Evidence for the Field

Mar 2024

This technical report outlines preliminary results from the Personalized Learning Initiative showing that high dosage tutoring can be scaled and can work–even when delivered in the aftermath of the pandemic and in diverse academic settings.

Overcoming Pandemic-Induced Learning Loss
Academic Paper

Overcoming Pandemic-Induced Learning Loss

Oct 2023

The Education Lab’s faculty co-directors, Dr. Jens Ludwig, professor at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Jon Guryan, professor at Northwestern University, published a paper commissioned by the Aspen Economic Strategy Group for its 2023 policy volume.

Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents
Academic Paper

Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents

Mar 2023

Read our academic paper on the early Saga studies published in the American Economic Review.

The Effect of Mentoring on School Attendance and Academic Outcomes: A Randomized Evaluation of the Check & Connect Program
Academic Paper

The Effect of Mentoring on School Attendance and Academic Outcomes: A Randomized Evaluation of the Check & Connect Program

Aug 2020

This National Bureau of Economic Research paper investigates the impact of a structured student monitoring and mentoring program called Check & Connect (C&C), aimed at mitigating the effects of reduced resources for school attendance enforcement in urban school systems.

Jens’s Projects
Personalized Learning Initiative
CURRENT

Personalized Learning Initiative

The Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI) is a moonshot to overcome pandemic learning loss and aims to bring high-dosage tutoring to students nationwide.

Personalized Learning Initiative: Tutor Corps Evaluation
CURRENT

Personalized Learning Initiative: Tutor Corps Evaluation

The University of Chicago Education Lab is partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to scale personalized tutoring in the wake of the pandemic.

Saga Scale-Up
CURRENT

Saga Scale-Up

In partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), and Saga Education, the Education Lab worked to scale up a promising high-dosage tutoring model that improves academic outcomes.

Saga Match

Saga Match

The Education Lab, in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Saga Education, evaluated a promising high-dosage math tutoring model to improve students’ math achievement.

Latest Updates

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future
Event
City Club of Chicago
Feb 2024

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future

In this City Club of Chicago event, Education Lab Faculty Co-Director Jens Ludwig participated in a panel discussion on the importance of addressing the learning loss crisis to ensure Chicago’s students thrive.

Jens Ludwig: Pandemic learning loss is Chicago’s next big crisis
Op-Ed
The Chicago Tribune
Feb 2024

Jens Ludwig: Pandemic learning loss is Chicago’s next big crisis

Education Lab faculty co-director Dr. Jens Ludwig provides commentary on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ learning and a known solution for accelerating learning for Chicago students.

A Rose-Colored Recovery: Study Says Parents Don’t Grasp Extent of COVID’s Academic Damage
Media Mention
The 74
Dec 2023

A Rose-Colored Recovery: Study Says Parents Don’t Grasp Extent of COVID’s Academic Damage

The 74’s Linda Jacobson covered a recent event on pandemic-era learning loss featuring Education Lab faculty co-director Jens Ludwig, who remarked during the panel, “This is the biggest problem facing America.”