Marc J. Holley, Ph.D., is an adjunct fellow at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Holley is the author of "A Teacher Quality Primer," a 2008 book on market-based reforms to improve teacher quality. He earned his doctorate in public policy from the University of Arkansas, where he is a research fellow in the Department of Education Reform.

Holley has also conducted research on teacher quality, school consolidation, educational technology and school finance as a senior research associate at the Office for Education Policy, a nonpartisan education policy research institute housed at the University of Arkansas. In addition to publishing research in peer-reviewed publications, conducting program evaluations and contributing opinion pieces on education reform to multiple magazines and newspapers, he has worked with the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse.

Holley's experience in education includes six years as a school administrator and teacher. He also served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania. Holley holds a master of education degree in Education Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia and an A.B., cum laude, in classics from Harvard University.

By Marc Holley

A Merit-Pay Pilot Program for Michigan Public Schools

A Teacher Quality Primer

While it is true that Michigan students learn a variety of skills in their time at school, perhaps the most important charge of public schools, beyond providing a safe and healthy environment, is to ensure that students are learning "the three R’s." Unfortunately, the achievement levels of Michigan public school students raise doubts about the quality of public education in the state. This volume has been written to assist local and state policymakers who want to initiate and support teacher quality reforms to improve Michigan's primary and secondary schools. … more

Author Discusses Teacher Quality Primer

Charter school research presents unique obstacles

Should Home-Schoolers Beware?

Should standardized test scores be linked to individual teachers? Yes.

Mission Creep

MDE Earns Failing Grade in Rating Programs

Time to Reform Teacher Compensation in Michigan

Under the system defended by unions, an excellent teacher, whose students demonstrate significant learning gains, earns the same amount as the teacher who clocks in and then checks out. … more