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ERIC Number: ED563100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Lessons Learned in Conducting a Lottery-Based Study of Core Knowledge Charter Schools
White, Thomas G.; Grissmer, David W.; Altenhofen, Shannon; Larson, Jennifer
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The authors are presently in the fourth year of a six-year, lottery-based randomized control trial (RCT) studying the effectiveness of nine Colorado charter schools that have implemented Core Knowledge®. Core Knowledge (CK) is a comprehensive K-8 curriculum for language arts, math, science, social studies, visual arts, and music that is intended to build knowledge, concepts, and vocabulary systematically from one grade to the next, leading to substantial progress in reading. The purpose of this paper is to describe (1) a particular set of problems that arose in conducting the lottery-based RCT and (2) the solutions that we developed and implemented. The nine participating CK charters are located in six school districts that range from the suburbs south of Denver to the city of Fort Collins in the north. The participants include two cohorts of students and their parents who participated in kindergarten entrance lotteries in 2010 and 2011. Students are being tracked as they progress from kindergarten to third or fourth grade when they will take Colorado achievement tests in reading, mathematics, and writing in 2014 and 2015. In the third year of the project the authors conducted a small parent survey to assess the feasibility of individually testing Cohort 1 students in a non-school setting. The parent survey not only gave the authors access to Cohort 1 students for testing but also proved to be a valuable source of data in its own right. In fact, although it was not included in the original proposal, they have come to view it as an integral part of the lottery-based RCT, indeed the key to plans for Years 4-6. They will repeat the survey and testing process with Cohort 2.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado