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ERIC Number: ED555575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 293
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Evaluation of the Regional Educational Laboratories. Final Report. NCEE 2015-4008
Carison, Elaine; Bitterman, Amy; Zhang, Xiaodong; Lee, Hyunshik; Gutmann, Babette; Wills, Kerri; Sinclair, Beth
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
This report is the second from the congressionally-mandated evaluation of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program authorized by the Education Sciences Reform Act (P.L. 107-279). For this report, 8 (out of 24) impact study reports produced by the RELs under their 2006-2011 contracts and published by IES were rated by expert panels for their quality and relevance. In addition, samples of state educational agency and school district administrators were surveyed during the 2011-12 school year regarding their education research and technical assistance needs and their awareness of, use of, and satisfaction with the REL program. The study found that: (1) Expert panelists rated the 8 impact study reports selected for review as, on average, between "strong" and "very strong" in quality (4.10 on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest value), and between "relevant" and "very relevant" (4.06 on a 5-point scale); (2) Eighty-six percent of state educational agency administrators and 52 percent of school district administrators reported being "very familiar," "somewhat familiar," or "a little familiar" with the REL program; and (3) Fifty percent of state administrators and 26 percent of district administrators who were at least "a little familiar" with the REL program were "very satisfied" with it. Appended are: (1) Rubrics for Expert Panel Review of Impact Studies; (2) Inter-rater Agreement; (3) Distribution of Indicator-Level Expert Panelist Ratings; (4) Summary of Impact Studies Reviewed; (5) Sample and Weights for the REL Customer Survey; (6) REL Customer Survey; and (7) Technical Working Group Members.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED-04-CO- 0059/0031