ERIC Number: ED518455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Science: It's Elementary. Year Four Evaluation Report
Banilower, Eric R.; Fulp, Sherri L.; Warren, Camille L.
Horizon Research, Inc. (NJ1)
This report summarizes the activities and findings of the external evaluation of the "Science: It's Elementary" (SIE) program during the period from July 2009 through June 2010. The SIE program is managed by ASSET Inc. and overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). SIE is an initiative aimed at improving elementary science instruction across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The program is focused on helping schools and districts implement an inquiry-based, hands-on science education program, with the ultimate goal of improving student learning. To accomplish its goals, SIE provides participating schools with module-based science instructional materials; teacher professional development around specific modules and inquiry-based science teaching more generally; and opportunities for strategic planning to help create supportive systems for science education reform. After a brief overview of the SIE program and the evaluation, this report describes the teachers, schools, and districts participating in SIE; the program's work in developing teacher leaders; the nature and quality of the professional development provided by the program; and evidence of the program's impact on teachers, their teaching, and their students. The report concludes with a summary of major achievements and a list of recommendations for the program. Appendices include: (1) Case Study Vignettes; (2) Composite Definitions; and (3) Student Assessment Regression Coefficients and Standard Errors. (Contains 33 tables, 10 figures and 24 footnotes.) [For "Year Three Evaluation Report," see ED518456.]
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Case Studies, Vignettes, Elementary School Science, Strategic Planning, Hands on Science, Program Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Educational Change, Program Descriptions, Science Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Implementation, Program Evaluation, Guidelines, Standards, Alignment (Education), Pretests Posttests, Cohort Analysis, Science Achievement, State Programs, Educational Policy, Instructional Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Horizon Research, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania