CREO Alumni; Research Director for the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research, Michigan State University
Elizabeth Covay completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame in May 2010. Currently, Dr. Covay is the Research Director for the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research at Michigan State University in the College of Education. She recently completed an IES postdoctoral fellowship in education policy and methods. Covay's research focuses on inequalities in learning opportunities at home and at school and their effects on both achievement and behavioral outcomes. Her research focuses on inequalities in learning opportunities at home and school and their effects on both achievement and behavioral outcomes.
Dr. Covay has published research (SOE, Covay & Carbonaro 2010) that examines student opportunities to gain noncognitive skills through participation in extracurricular activities and how those skills are related to cognitive outcomes in elementary school. She has also studied sector differences in high school student outcomes and the role of course taking in explaining those sector differences (SOE, Carbonaro & Covay 2010). Her latest publication examines gender differences in the college pipeline (SSR, Carbonaro, Ellison, & Covay 2011).
Dr. Covay’s dissertation examined the emergence and persistence of the black-white achievement gap. She is currently conducting research that examines variation in math content for advanced math courses by the racial composition of the classroom as a way to explain why there are racial differences in returns to advanced math course taking. In addition, she is working on a project that examines teacher and instructional quality gaps among racial and income group as a type of inequality in learning opportunities and the relation between those gaps and achievement growth in elementary school.
Dr. Covay’s future research will continue to examine various sites and forms of unequal access to learning opportunities as a mechanism for explaining inequalities in student outcomes.