Teacher Effectiveness

Projects within the focus area of Teacher Effectiveness

Strengthening the Research Base that Informs STEM Workforce and Curriculum Improvement Efforts

In recent years, the U.S. government has funded dozens of cluster-randomized trials that seek to evaluate the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum materials and teacher professional development on student outcomes. This project synthesizes evidence from these studies, along with evidence from prior causal studies, in an effort to identify the characteristics of effective pre-K-12 programs.

Teacher Launch Project

What is the impact of attending Teacher Launch among graduates of traditional, post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs who apply to the program?

CEPR has partnered with Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education on the Teacher Launch Project (TLP), which is an intense four-week summer training and 20-week coaching intervention for new teachers.

Best Foot Forward Project

Did video technology improve the classroom observation process?

The Best Foot Forward Project investigated whether video technology can make the classroom observation process easier to implement, less costly, and more valid and reliable. In a randomized controlled trial, the study team put cameras in the hands of teachers and allowed them to select their best lessons for evaluation. Researchers aimed to learn whether digital video made the observation process more acceptable to teachers and administrators.

Exploring Methods for Improving Teachers’ Mathematical Quality of Instruction

What is the optimal level of facilitation in teachers’ discussions and the effect of contributing their own video?

This study is investigating the conditions of effective video-based math professional development and the use of an observational instrument as a common language for teachers to use to talk about their practice.

Strategic Data Project

Since 2008, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) has partnered with school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions.

TNTP Program Evaluation

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this study is examining the relationship of TNTP’s evaluation system for new teachers to student outcomes in Louisiana. Scholars from Brown University and the University of Michigan are also involved in this work.