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Jaciw, Andrew P.; Lau, Sze-Shun; Zacamy, Jenna; Lin, Li – Empirical Education Inc., 2023
The Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness (CREATE) teacher preparation program seeks to raise student achievement in high-needs schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area by increasing teacher effectiveness and retention of both new and veteran racially diverse educators. CREATE aims to achieve this by developing…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Social Justice
Lazarev, Valeriy; Schellinger, Adam; Zacamy, Jenna – Empirical Education Inc., 2021
Empirical Education conducted rapid-cycle evaluations (RCEs) in three districts in the southcentral and southeastern United States. Each study evaluated the impact of the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) coaching on teachers' and students' impactful use of technology and student achievement. The research questions, samples, and analytic methods…
Descriptors: School Districts, Coaching (Performance), Technology Uses in Education, Academic Achievement
Empirical Education Inc., 2020
Jefferson Education Accelerator contracted with Empirical Education to study the effectiveness of the implementation of Agile Mind's "Agile Assessment" in an urban school district in the Northeast United States during the 2016-17 school year. "Agile Assessment" is a system for building formative assessments that includes…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Urban Schools, Algebra
Jaciw, Andrew P.; Zacamy, Jenna; D'Apice, Hannah; Lin, Li; Kwong, Connie; Schellinger, Adam M. – Empirical Education Inc., 2019
Empirical Education Inc. is the independent evaluator of SRI International's 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Development grant called Redesigning Secondary Courses to Improve Academic Outcomes for Adolescents with Disabilities and Other Underperforming Adolescents. The goal of the grant is to develop "Enhanced Units" that combine…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Adolescents, Students with Disabilities, Underachievement
Lazarev, Val; Schellinger, Adam; Zacamy, Jenna; Newman, Denis – Empirical Education Inc., 2019
Empirical Education Inc. conducted a quasi-experiment investigating the impact of the Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative (AMSTI) training. The study compared classes of fully-trained AMSTI teachers to classes taught by teachers with no AMSTI training within the same schools. The outcome measure was the ACT Aspire in math, science, and…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Mathematics Achievement
Empirical Education Inc., 2019
"Learning A-Z" contracted with Empirical Education to study the effectiveness of "Raz-Plus" in Milwaukee Public Schools during the 2016-17 school year. "Raz-Plus" is a literacy program that includes leveled books, skills practice, and digital activities and assessments. This study focused on 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Newman, Denis; Jaciw, Andrew P.; Lazarev, Valeriy – Empirical Education Inc., 2018
The Education Technology Industry Network, a division of the Software & Information Industry Association commissioned Empirical Education Inc. to provide guidelines for research given the accelerated development of cloud-based technology and the important policy changes brought about by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidelines…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Influence of Technology
Jaciw, Andrew P.; Schellinger, Adam M.; Lin, Li; Zacamy, Jenna; Toby, Megan – Empirical Education Inc., 2016
In 2012, WestEd received a "Development" grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) competition to develop and implement Internet-based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education ("iRAISE"). "iRAISE" was implemented in Michigan and Pennsylvania and was provided to over 100…
Descriptors: Science Education, Apprenticeships, Randomized Controlled Trials, Science Course Improvement Projects
Lazarev, Valeriy; Newman, Denis – Empirical Education Inc., 2015
Classroom observation is an important component of teacher evaluation systems. Most states are implementing systems that assign a composite score to each teacher based on weights assigned to several different measures. Policy discussions often address this weighting, with many states adopting formulas with high weights for the summative scores…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Summative Evaluation, Scores
Newman, Denis; Zacamy, Jenna; Lazarev, Valeriy; Lin, Li; Jaciw, Andrew P.; Hegseth, Whitney – Empirical Education Inc., 2015
We report on the scaling up of a high school content literacy framework, Reading Apprenticeship, over a period of four years as part of the independent evaluation of an Investing in Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Education to WestEd's Strategic Literacy Institute (SLI). Our goal was to understand the school processes that support…
Descriptors: High Schools, Reading Programs, Educational Innovation, Literacy Education
Fancsali, Cheri; Abe, Yasuyo; Pyatigorsky, Mikhail; Ortiz, Lorena; Chan, Vincent; Saltares, Eliana; Toby, Megan; Schellinger, Adam; Jaciw, Andrew – Empirical Education Inc., 2015
The Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework was developed by WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) two decades ago to help teachers provide the literacy support students need to be successful readers in the content areas. It has since reached over 100,000 teachers in schools across the country, at the middle school, high school, and…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Content Area Reading, Metacognition, Program Implementation
Zacamy, Jenna; Newman, Denis; Lin, Li; Jaciw, Andrew P. – Empirical Education Inc., 2015
In October 2010, WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) won an i3 "Validation" grant to scale up and validate the Reading Apprenticeship (RA) model in three core secondary content area classes: U.S. history, biology, and English language arts. SLI's proposal stated two goals. Goal 1: To transform academic literacy teaching and…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Fidelity, Sustainability, Literacy
Schellinger, Adam M.; Toby, Megan; Jaciw, Andrew P.; Zacamy, Jenna – Empirical Education Inc., 2015
Empirical Education Inc. is the independent evaluator of WestEd's 2012 i3 Development grant for Internet-based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education (iRAISE). This interim report provides an update on the progress of the randomized control trial (RCT) during the 2014-2015 school year. The RCT measures the impact of iRAISE on student…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Randomized Controlled Trials, Experimental Programs
Lazarev, Val; Newman, Denis – Empirical Education Inc., 2014
Efficacy studies of educational programs often involve mediator analyses aimed at testing empirically appropriate theories of action. In particular, in the studies of professional development programs, the intervention targets primarily teachers' pedagogical skills and content knowledge, while the ultimate outcome is the student achievement…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Statistical Analysis, Measurement
Lazarev, Valeriy; Newman, Denis – Empirical Education Inc., 2014
NCLB waiver requirements have led to development of teacher evaluation systems, in which student growth is a significant component. Recent empirical research has been focusing on metrics of student growth--value-added scores in particular--and their relationship to other metrics. An extensive set of recent teacher-evaluation studies conducted by…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Evaluation, Achievement Tests
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