Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has resolved the struggle over the federal role in education, leaders in the remaining Common Core states can refocus attention on the standards, the assessments, and the supports teachers and students need to succeed on them. To inform those efforts, the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University surveyed a representative sample of teachers in five states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada) as they prepared their students to take the new Common Core-aligned assessments in the spring of 2015.
Through a partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder and Northwestern University, this project studies how educational leaders—including school district supervisors and principals—use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.... Read more about National Center for Research in Policy and Practice
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.... Read more about Strategic Data Project
Sponsored by the Boston Plan for Excellence, this work examined characteristics of Boston Teacher Residents relative to other Boston novices, relative retention rates, and, most importantly, student outcomes.... Read more about Boston Teacher Residency Evaluation
CEPR researcher Beth Morton will be a presenter for the "Creating the Infrastructure to Support Assessment Use" session at The 2014 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS). This RILS we will focus on bringing K-12 educational assessment initiatives together. How can districts and schools coordinate the implementation of so many new efforts simultaneously? How can these seemingly independent projects become a cohesive, balanced assessment effort within a district and school providing data to support instruction, program evaluation, and accountability? What will be needed to transform the vast amount of raw data that will be generated into actionable information? Will it be feasible for these locally-based assessment initiatives to produce results that can be used for student, teacher, and school accountability; and is that a desirable goal?
SDP fellows, alumni, and staff will be presenting on the topics of college readiness, graduation rates, statewide data systems, and strategic analytics at the upcoming the STATS-DC conference (see the affiliated schedule). Stay engaged via @HarvardCEPR and #STATSDC.... Read more about STATS-DC Data Conference
The fourth annual Beyond the Numbers Convening, hosted by the Strategic Data Project (SDP) and National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE), will take place in Boston, MA on May 22-24, 2014. The event will bring together representatives from 23 states and Washington D.C. to share lessons learned and best practices connected to human capital and postsecondary success work.
Sponsored by the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Spencer Foundation, the Center for Education Policy Research is hosting a two-day “Finding What Works” conference focused on K–12 blended learning. Our goal is to identify critical questions facing those delivering blended learning to students, and to dramatically accelerate research on these questions.
The format for the conference is novel. Working teams of school and system leaders, software providers, researchers, and funders will roll up their sleeves to flesh out the key questions challenging...