Professor Tyler's recent research focuses on teacher evaluation and measures of teacher effectiveness, examinations of how teachers use data to inform and improve their practice, and in general, impact evaluation in education. Past research has examined dropout issues, the economic returns to the GED credential, the returns to skills for low educated individuals, and the impact of correctional education on post-release labor market outcomes of criminal justice offenders.
He received a B.S. in mathematics and physics from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Following college he took over the family farming operation in West Texas for the next fourteen years. He combined his last years of farming with a position teaching middle school mathematics, a move that eventually led to doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he focused on studies in the economics of education.