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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
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
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
Gallagher, Carole; Huang, Kevin; Van Matre, Joseph – WestEd, 2015
This five-year evaluation examined the effectiveness of a promising middle-school mathematics intervention funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) development grant. Evaluation objectives were to: (1) study the impact of an intervention aimed at increasing the academic achievement of students in Algebra I--a gate-keeping course--as measured…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Opportunities, Middle School Students, Secondary School Mathematics
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
WestEd, 2014
At any given time, tens of thousands of children and youth in the U.S. are in the foster care system. Many have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, and they face a challenging journey of uncertainty, often not knowing where they will live next, where they will go to school, or whether they will have contact with friends and relatives. Child…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Foster Care, At Risk Students, Data
Flaherty, John, Jr.; Sobolew-Shubin, Alexandria; Heredia, Alberto; Chen-Gaddini, Min; Klarin, Becca; Finkelstein, Neal D. – WestEd, 2014
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. As the MiC initiative moves into its second year, one of the central activities that each of the districts is undergoing to support CCSS…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Formative Evaluation, Program Implementation, Middle Schools
WestEd, 2014
While community college instructors are experts in their academic or technical fields, most do not have training to help adults build postsecondary literacy skills. Researchers with WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) sought to change that. Building on SLI's popular and proven Reading Apprenticeship model for middle and high school…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Reading Instruction, Remedial Reading, Remedial Instruction
Fong, Anthony; Finkelstein, Neal – WestEd, 2014
Given the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, California's history of math acceleration in the middle grades, and the concern for correct math course placement for all students, this brief examines patterns from the past to shed light on considerations for the future. The brief, written by WestEd's Tony Fong and Neal Finkelstein, presents…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Student Placement, State Standards, Trend Analysis
WestEd, 2014
Despite decades of experience supporting efforts from local to state levels to improve learning for underserved students, Sonia Caus Gleason and WestEd's Nancy Gerzon could not point to examples of entire schools accomplishing what they believed was possible: high-poverty public schools personalizing learning for all students to consistently reach…
Descriptors: Effective Schools Research, High Achievement, Equal Education, Disadvantaged Schools
Wendt, Staci; Rice, John; Nakamoto, Jonathan – WestEd, 2014
The MIND Research Institute contracted with the Evaluation Research Program at WestEd to conduct an independent assessment of mathematics outcomes in elementary school grades across California that were provided with the ST Math program. Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math is a game-based instructional software designed to boost K-5 and secondary-level…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Mathematics
McCarthy, Betsy; Michel, Lisa; Tiu, Michelle; Atienza, Sara; Rice, John; Nakamoto, Jonathan; Tafoya, Armando – WestEd, 2011
"The Electric Company" ("TEC") television show won the hearts of children because it made learning fun. Thirty years later, the iconic show has returned with the goal of not only teaching literacy, but also numeracy (the ability to work with and understand numbers) and mathematics vocabulary in a fun, entertaining, and engaging…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Literacy, Phonics, Formative Evaluation
Venezia, Andrea; Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Nodine, Thad – WestEd, 2010
There is substantial work being done--in California and nationwide--to develop college readiness standards; expand concurrent enrollment programs; communicate clearly about the key cognitive strategies necessary for postsecondary success (e.g., analytical thinking); improve student supports; and implement other approaches to improve students'…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Readiness, Student Placement
Burgoa, Carol; Izu, Jo Ann – WestEd, 2010
This guide presents a data-driven, research-based process--referred to as the "school-community forum process"--for increasing youth voice, promoting resilience, strengthening adult-youth connections, and ultimately, for improving schools. It uses a "student listening circle"--a special type of focus group involving eight to…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, School Community Relationship
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