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Nakamoto, Jonathan; Bojorquez, Juan Carlos – WestEd, 2017
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the Pathways to STEM Initiative (PSI) on students and science teachers and to describe the level of PSI implementation. One group of middle schools participated in PSI, which included project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coursework; extra-curricular STEM opportunities…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Grants, Middle School Students
Hale, Sylvie; Dunn, Lenay; Filby, Nikola; Rice, John; Van Houten, Lori – WestEd, 2017
One of the broad intents of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to encourage evidence-based decision-making as a way of doing business. Nonregulatory guidance issued in September 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) clarifies and expands on both the nature of…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Stiles, Katherine; Mundry, Susan; DiRanna, Kathy – WestEd, 2017
In response to the need to develop leaders to guide the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding to WestEd to develop a framework that defines the leadership knowledge and actions needed to effectively implement the NGSS. The development of the framework entailed…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Instruction, Standard Setting, Science Education
Mandinach, Ellen B.; Miskell, Ryan C. – WestEd, 2017
In the summer of 2015, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released an education data tool, EdWise, that made publically available much of the data about public education that had been released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). EdWise is a rich source of aggregate, grade level information on student…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Stakeholders, Parents, Public Education
Nakamoto, Jonathan; Rice, John – WestEd, 2017
This study describes the results of a survey administered to alumni of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) education programs. These programs aim to improve the entrepreneurship knowledge and skills of middle and high school students in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. The study was designed to gather…
Descriptors: Networks, Entrepreneurship, Alumni, Surveys
Fong, Anthony B.; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2016
In 2015, Fong, Finkelstein, Jaeger, Diaz, and Broek reported the findings from an independent evaluation of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). The evaluation found positive and statistically significant effects of the ERWC on student achievement. Due to some concerns that the previously reported results in Fong et al. (2015) did not…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Regression (Statistics), Least Squares Statistics, Reading Instruction
Mandinach, Ellen B.; Miskell, Ryan C.; Gheen, Margaret – WestEd, 2016
This report provides a description of a study conducted by WestEd on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to examine how the affordances of the technologies in the blended learning environments of three charter schools impacted teaching and learning activities. A particular focus of the work was to examine whether the blended learning…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Charter Schools, Technology Uses in Education, Data
Hurley, Nancy; Guckenburg, Sarah; Persson, Hannah; Fronius, Trevor; Petrosino, Anthony – WestEd, 2015
Restorative justice is a non-punitive approach to resolving conflict that focuses on restoring relationships. This report summarizes recommendations about future research and evaluation needs that would advance the understanding of restorative justice in K-12 schools in the United States. The recommendations were generated from interviews with…
Descriptors: Research Needs, Evaluation Needs, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Interviews
Guckenburg, Sarah; Hurley, Nancy; Persson, Hannah; Fronius, Trevor; Petrosino, Anthony – WestEd, 2015
This report is part of a larger body of work by the WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center focusing on restorative justice (RJ) as an alternative to traditional responses to student misbehavior in schools across the United States. This work seeks to document the current breadth of evidence on the subject, provide a more comprehensive…
Descriptors: Justice, Conflict Resolution, Program Implementation, Literature Reviews
Reedy, Kristen; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie – WestEd, 2015
States, school districts, and schools across the country are increasingly implementing multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) to improve outcomes for all students. Kansas is no exception. The Kansas MTSS is designed to improve outcomes for all students by instituting system-level change across the classroom, school, district, and state. Such…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Educational Change
Reedy, Kristen; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie – WestEd, 2015
Implementation of multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) has grown rapidly in Kansas and is a key strategy for turning around low-performing schools in the state. MTSS is designed to improve outcomes for all students by instituting system-level change across the classroom, school, district, and state. Such systemic change is accomplished by…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Turnaround, Program Implementation, Fidelity
Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Austin, Kim; Bugler, Daniel; Finkelstein, Neal – WestEd, 2015
When students first enroll in college, they are required to demonstrate readiness for college-level work. Course placement depends on standardized assessments, and students who do not attain a satisfactory score are typically assigned to developmental (e.g. remedial) education courses. The theory behind this approach has been that remedial…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Remedial Programs, College Readiness, Student Placement
Perry, Rebecca R.; Finkelstein, Neal D.; Seago, Nanette; Heredia, Alberto; Sobolew-Shubin, Sandy; Carroll, Cathy – WestEd, 2015
Math in Common® (MiC) is a five-year initiative that supports a formal network of 10 California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K-8. In spring 2015, WestEd administered surveys to understand the perspectives on Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (CCSS-M) implementation…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Curriculum Implementation, Formative Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation
Perry, Rebecca R.; Seago, Nanette M.; Burr, Elizabeth; Broek, Marie; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2015
Math in Common® (MiC) is a five-year initiative that supports a formal network of 10 California school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) across grades K-8. This research brief explores how best to select or develop and use classroom observation systems in order to document instructional shifts and…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Instructional Innovation
Fong, Anthony B.; Finkelstein, Neal D.; Jaeger, Laura M.; Diaz, Rebeca; Broek, Marie E. – WestEd, 2015
The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) was developed by California State University (CSU) faculty and high school educators to improve the academic literacy of high school seniors, thereby reducing the need for students to enroll in remedial English courses upon entering college. This report, produced by Innovation Studies at WestEd,…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Course Evaluation, High School Seniors, Grade 12
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