VARC's Sim Featured by La Follete School of Public Affairs Blog

JULY 2014

Annalee GoodGrant Sim, who graduated with a master’s degree in public affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, is the subject of an alumni profile published July 7.

Sim is a policy and research analyst at VARC, performing both quantitative and qualitative analysis. He is VARC’s project manager for its work on Wisconsin’s Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program, an initiative in to examine the benefits of smaller class sizes on children in kindergarten through third grade. He also works on VARC’s involvement with the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), a project to help school districts, state departments of education, and charter school organizations develop and implement performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals.

According to the article, VARC allows Sim to work on education analytics “to support educators and improve student learning through value-added analytics, professional development, educational research, and stakeholder engagement.”

“Through my work as a program evaluator and technical assistance provider, I strive to assist states, districts, and schools to improve their policies that will hopefully have the impact of improved student outcomes,” he said.