Program Evaluation

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Assessment Commentary Did One Program Really Cost Students 276 Years of Learning? (Spoiler: No.)
You should be skeptical about how education research is translated, explain RAND researchers John F. Pane and Matthew D. Baird.
John F. Pane & Matthew D. Baird, July 3, 2019
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Accountability Opinion 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of an External Program Evaluation
The leader of an educational support program shares lessons learned for doing program evaluations the right way. Contributed by REL Northwest.
Urban Education Contributor, October 5, 2017
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Accountability Opinion Evaluating Education Programs Effectively: What Researchers Should Keep in Mind
A researcher's experience of and takeaways for evaluating educational programs. Contributed by REL Northwest.
Urban Education Contributor, October 2, 2017
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School & District Management How to Find Evidence-Based Fixes for Schools That Fall Behind
As states and districts grapple with how to develop and use evidenced for school improvement, several new resources are rolling out to help them.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 27, 2016
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Fourth grade students Emily De Dios Alvarez, left, and Tara Patterson, laugh with each other during a “brain break” at Lemmon Valley Elementary School in Reno, Nev. The Washoe County school district’s comprehensive social-emotional learning efforts span all grades.
Fourth grade students Emily De Dios Alvarez, left, and Tara Patterson, laugh with each other during a “brain break” at Lemmon Valley Elementary School in Reno, Nev. The Washoe County school district’s comprehensive social-emotional learning efforts span all grades.
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Student Well-Being Students Help Design Measures of Social-Emotional Skills
The Washoe County, Nev., district is working to develop sophisticated measurements of its comprehensive program to keep students engaged and on track to graduate.
Evie Blad, April 12, 2016
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Jessica Scherer, right, leads a one on one microcredentialing session with Katie Schlueter at Kettle Moraine Middle School on March 23, in Dousman, WI.
Jessica Scherer, right, leads a one on one microcredentialing session with Katie Schlueter at Kettle Moraine Middle School on March 23, in Dousman, WI.
Tom Lynn for Education Week
Standards Can 'Micro-Credentialing' Salvage Teacher PD?
Advocates say the movement offers an opportunity for schools to shift away from arbitrary credit-hour requirements toward a system based on evidence of progress in specific instructional skills.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 29, 2016
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Science teacher Corey Skinner, second from left, works with three students at the Rochester International Academy, from left to right: Saleh Saif, Abdiaziz Mahad, and Ali Al-Mansoor. Skinner worked on the district’s 1-to-1 initiative.
Science teacher Corey Skinner, second from left, works with three students at the Rochester International Academy, from left to right: Saleh Saif, Abdiaziz Mahad, and Ali Al-Mansoor. Skinner worked on the district’s 1-to-1 initiative.
Mike Bradley for Education Week
Infrastructure Academic, Tech Staff Team Up for Rochester's 1-to-1 Rollout
Years of planning have gone into the upstate New York district’s evolving efforts to put computers into the hands of nearly every student.
Denisa R. Superville, March 28, 2016
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Reading & Literacy Is Common Core's Effect on Achievement Fading?
The common core's impact on student achievement in states may have peaked early and now appears to be tapering off, argues a new analysis of NAEP scores.
Liana Loewus, March 24, 2016
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Central Surry High School junior Cesar Landeros, above, welds metal plates together during a class assignment at Surry Community College, in Dobson, N.C.
Central Surry High School junior Cesar Landeros, above, welds metal plates together during a class assignment at Surry Community College, in Dobson, N.C.
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College & Workforce Readiness Federal Grants Boost N.C.'s 'Early College' High School Push
Funds from the Investing in Innovation program have helped some rural high schools in North Carolina to ramp up their dual-enrollment efforts.
Alyson Klein, March 22, 2016
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A teacher keys in student data during a meeting of educators at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Noble High School is testing its Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) program with i3 funding.
A teacher keys in student data during a meeting of educators at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Noble High School is testing its Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) program with i3 funding.
Sarah Rice for Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act Investing in Innovation: An Introduction to i3
The ins and outs of the main "innovation pipeline" for promising pre-K-12 programs, which received more than $1.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education since 2009.
Alyson Klein & Sarah D. Sparks, March 22, 2016
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Accountability Commentary The Fatal Flaw of Educational Assessment
Different education tests are built with different purposes. So why are we using them interchangeably? asks W. James Popham.
W. James Popham, March 22, 2016
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Reading & Literacy Study Tracks Instructional Shifts Under Common Core
A new survey report finds that the Common Core State Standards have fostered instructional changes in U.S. classrooms, but offers less clarity on specific strategies that boost student achievement.
Ross Brenneman, February 16, 2016
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Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., look at a PARCC practice test to give them some familiarity with the format before field-testing in 2014 of the computer-based assessments aligned with the common core.
Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., look at a PARCC practice test to give them some familiarity with the format before field-testing in 2014 of the computer-based assessments aligned with the common core.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week-File
Assessment PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers acknowledged the discrepancies in scores between its paper and computer exams in response to questions from Education Week.
Benjamin Herold, February 3, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness Passing Score Lowered on New GED Exam
If all states decide to go along with the lower cutoff score, an estimated 25,000 more test-takers could be eligible for a GED credential.
Catherine Gewertz, January 26, 2016
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