School Improvement & Redesign

Teaching Higher: Educators’ Perspectives on Common Core Implementation

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.

DreamBox Learning Achievement Growth

An impact study on the use of DreamBox Learning software on student achievement in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the Rocketship Education charter school network.

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.... Read more about Strategic Data Project

2014 Sep 18

The 2014 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series

(All day)


Portsmouth, NH

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?

2014 Jul 28

STATS-DC Data Conference

Mon Jul 28 (All day) to Fri Aug 1 (All day)


Washington, DC

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

2014 Apr 22

Beyond the Numbers Convening 2014

Tue Apr 22 (All day) to Thu Apr 24 (All day)


Boston, MA

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.

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2014 Apr 10

Finding What Works in Blended Learning

(All day)


Harvard Graduate School of Education

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...

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