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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
Zacamy, Jenna; Jaciw, Andrew P.; Lin, Li; Newman, Denis – Empirical Education Inc., 2014
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: Formative Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs
Zacamy, Jenna; Gray, Sophia; Jaciw, Andrew; Newman, Denis – Empirical Education Inc., 2013
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: Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Content Area Reading
Empirical Education Inc., 2013
"IXL Learning" contracted with Empirical Education to study the effectiveness of "IXL Math" in Beaverton School District. During the 2011-2012 year, "IXL Math," an interactive, cloud-based practice environment, was used to supplement instruction in two elementary/middle schools. This study focused on 4th and 5th grade…
Descriptors: School Districts, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Newman, Denis; Jaciw, Andrew P. – Empirical Education Inc., 2012
The motivation for this paper is the authors' recent work on several randomized control trials in which they found the primary result, which averaged across subgroups or sites, to be moderated by demographic or site characteristics. They are led to examine a distinction that the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) makes between "confirmatory"…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Methodology, Research Design, Classification
Toby, Megan; Ma, Boya; Lai, Garrett; Lin, Li; Jaciw, Andrew – Empirical Education Inc., 2012
In spring 2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) began planning a pilot of an application for the Apple iPad, "HMH Fuse: Algebra 1," which was then in development. The application was to be piloted in four California school districts during the 2010-2011 school year. HMH contracted with Empirical Education Inc. to conduct a one-year…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Statistical Analysis, Inservice Teacher Education, Outcome Measures
Empirical Education Inc., 2012
In spring 2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) began planning a pilot of an application for the Apple iPad, "HMH Fuse: Algebra 1," which was then in development. The application was to be piloted in four California school districts during the 2010-2011 school year. HMH contracted with Empirical Education Inc. to conduct a one-year…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, School Districts, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices
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