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Lambert, Richard G. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2023
This study sought to investigate whether there were performance differences between the children who engaged with the Ignite by Hatch™ educational gaming system using the English- or Spanish-language versions of the games. Differential item functioning methods (DIF) were employed to investigate these differences. Specifically, DIF analyses can…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Games, Spanish, English
Schwanzer, Andrea D.; Ullrich, Annette; Lambert, Richard G. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2023
To test hypotheses in cross-cultural studies, it is necessary to investigate whether results might be affected systematically by language or cultural effects. In this paper the results of differential item functioning (DIF) analyses for the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), the Preventive Resources Inventory (PRI), and the Brief COPE are presented.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Work, Caseworkers, Professional Education
Marah C. Lambert; Richard G. Lambert – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2023
As part of a graduate student internship, an alignment study was completed for Ignite™ by Hatch®, in partnership between The University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation and Hatch®. Ignite™ has 341 Core games amongst 7 domains to assist early childhood learners: Mathematics, Language and…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Early Childhood Education, State Standards, Academic Standards
Hannah E. Luce; Kristin M. Villanueva – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2023
This grounded theory study seeks to 1) understand what barriers North Carolina kindergarten teachers experience as they implement a new authentic formative assessment, the North Carolina Early Learning Inventory (NC ELI), and 2) identify factors that increase implementation fidelity with the new measure. Data were collected from 10 teachers, from…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Fidelity, Teaching Methods, Grounded Theory
Richard G. Lambert – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2023
This study examined the relationship between using the Ignite by Hatch™ educational gaming system and assessments of the developmental status of young children participating in the 2023 Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Summer Transition Program. Researchers collected data that describe the extent to which the children engaged…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Summer Programs, Young Children, Child Development
Bottoms, Bryndle L.; Luce, Hannah E.; Villanueva, Kristin M.; Herrera, Leonardo – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2022
Freedom School Partners is a six-week summer program that has served the Charlotte, NC area since 2004. The purpose of this report is to present the external evaluation and findings of the six-week program in the summer of 2022. This evaluation is a joint effort between the Centers for Adolescent Literacies (CAL) and the Center for Educational…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Program Evaluation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
Lambert, Richard G.; Holcomb, T. Scott; Bottoms, Bryndle – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2022
The validity of the Kappa coefficient of chance-corrected agreement has been questioned when the prevalence of specific rating scale categories is low and agreement between raters is high. The researchers proposed the Lambda Coefficient of Rater-Mediated Agreement as an alternative to Kappa to address these concerns. Lambda corrects for chance…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Evaluators, Rating Scales, Teacher Evaluation
Lambert, Richard – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2022
Each game within the Ignite by Hatch™ gaming environment belongs to an overall developmental domain and skills-based subdomain and is intended to meet the developmental needs of children at specific skill levels. These skill levels (Beginning, Emerging, Intermediate, Accomplishing, and Proficient+) form an intended developmental pathway. Children…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Child Development, Developmental Stages, Computer Games
Lambert, Richard G.; Holcomb, T. Scott; Bottoms, Bryndle L. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2021
The validity of the Kappa coefficient of chance-corrected agreement has been questioned when the prevalence of specific rating scale categories is low and agreement between raters is high. The researchers proposed the Lambda Coefficient of Rater-Mediated Agreement as an alternative to Kappa to address these concerns. Lambda corrects for chance…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Teacher Evaluation, Test Validity, Evaluation Methods
Lambert, Richard G.; McCarthy, Christopher J.; Dillard, Jendayi B.; Fitchett, Paul; Mosley, Kristen C. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2021
Differences in personal characteristics, professional qualifications, and contextual factors for congruent and incongruent Black, Hispanic, and White teachers were investigated using data from the National Teacher and Principal Survey (n[subscript teachers]=25,420; n[subscript schools]=5,500). Racial/ethnic congruence was defined as the match…
Descriptors: Teacher Background, Racial Differences, African American Teachers, Minority Group Teachers
Bottoms, Bryndle L.; Holcomb, T. Scott; Lambert, Richard G.; Vestal, Amanda R. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2021
The North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process (NC TEP) serves over 100,000 teachers per year throughout the state (U.S. Department of Education, 2021). This process includes formative observations, summative assessments, and formal mentoring to ensure high quality educators. In an attempt to ensure a high-quality evaluation process, hubs at both…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Certification, Early Childhood Education
Holcomb, T. Scott; Li, Zhi; Ferrara, Angela M.; Lambert, Richard G. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2020
This study gathered information from practitioners on their perspectives of experiences implementing the North Carolina Kindergarten Entry Assessment (NC KEA). Initially, practitioners were invited to complete an online survey asking them to rate or provide information about several aspects related to implementing the assessment process. In total,…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Program Implementation, Primary Education, Formative Evaluation
Lambert, Richard G. – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2020
Differences in personal characteristics, professional qualifications, and contextual factors for congruent and incongruent Black, Hispanic, and White teachers were investigated using data from the National Teacher and Principal Survey (n[subscript teachers]=25,420; n[subscript schools]=5,500). Racial/ethnic congruence was defined as the match…
Descriptors: Teacher Background, Racial Differences, African American Teachers, Minority Group Teachers
Ferrara, Angela M.; Lambert, Richard G.; Holcomb, T. Scott – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2020
This report contains information on the background of and research on the North Carolina Kindergarten Entry Assessments (NC KEA). Evidence shows that implementing formative assessment is difficult for teachers and schools. Given that North Carolina will be adopting a new KEA measure for the fall of 2020, this report summarizes previous research on…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, State Programs, Formative Evaluation, Kindergarten
Bottoms, Bryndle L.; Lambert, Richard G.; Taylor, Bruce – Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation, 2019
This report outlines the results of an evaluation of the Freedom School Partners' Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools© program in Charlotte, North Carolina, that took place during the summer of 2019. The evaluation was a collaboration between the Center for Adolescent Literacies (CAL) and the Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Leadership, Internship Programs
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