Research and Evaluation

Accountability in Early Childhood Education

Mon, 08/01/2016

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This entry in the 2016 SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education provides an overview of accountability (monitoring, program evaluation, the use of data for continuous quality improvement, and collection of child assessment data to determine learning outcomes) in the current context of early care and education (ECE). It begins by explaining why accountability is important.

Accountability in Early Childhood Education

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8 pp.

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Guide to the Competency-Based Learning Survey for Students

Wed, 08/24/2016

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Many states are beginning to move away from policies that base student advancement on credits and "seat time" toward competency-based learning policies that provide schools with the flexibility to link advancement to a student's mastery of content. As schools and districts implement these changes, information about students' exposure to and understanding of competency-based learning policies and practices can help identify areas of improvement for implementation and communication with students. However, few tools exist for systematically collecting this information.

Guide to the Competency-based Learning Survey for Students

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26 pp.

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New Tool Meets Need to Systematically Examine Students' Experiences with Competency-Based Learning

Competency-Based Learning

Across the U.S., practitioners and policymakers are keenly interested in competency-based learning models of high school education. It is believed that competency-based learning models have significant potential to prepare students to succeed in college and careers and to ensure that high school graduation is based on something other than the time spent in classrooms.

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Building State P–3 Systems: Learning from Leading States

Fri, 08/26/2016

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The author of this policy report focuses on three case-study states and their experiences implementing prenatal-through-third-grade (P–3) state policies and developing significant grant programs to fund regional and local P–3 partnerships. Research over the past 15 years has demonstrated the importance of high-quality care and education throughout the P–3 continuum, including prenatal and infant and toddler care, preschool education, and early elementary education.

Building State P–3 Systems: Learning from Leading States

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40

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Survey Methods for Educators Series: Analysis and Reporting of Survey Data (Part 3 of 3)

Mon, 08/01/2016

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Angela M. Pazzaglia, Erin T. Stafford, Sheila M. Rodriguez

The REL Northeast & Islands at EDC has created a series of three complementary guides that provide an overview of the survey research process designed for educators. The guides address collaborative survey development, sampling respondents, survey administration, and analysis and reporting of survey data. The guides also provide detailed, real-world examples of how the process has been used in REL Northeast & Islands research alliances. With these guides, educators will be able to develop their own surveys and sampling and analysis plans.

Survey methods for educators: Analysis and reporting or survey data (part 3 of 3)

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37 pp.

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Survey Methods for Educators Series: Sampling Respondents and Survey Administration (Part 2 of 3)

Mon, 08/01/2016

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Angela M. Pazzaglia, Erin T. Stafford, Sheila M. Rodriguez

REL Northeast & Islands at EDC has created a series of three complementary guides that provide an overview of the survey research process designed for educators. The guides address collaborative survey development, sampling respondents, survey administration, and analysis and reporting of survey data. The guides also provide detailed, real-world examples of how the process has been used in REL Northeast & Islands research alliances. With these guides, educators will be able to develop their own surveys and sampling and analysis plans.

Survey methods for educators: Selecting samples and administering surveys (part 2 of 3)

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29 pp.

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Survey Methods for Educators Series: Collaborative Survey Development (Part 1 of 3)

Mon, 08/01/2016

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REL Northeast & Islands at EDC has created a series of three complementary guides that provide an overview of the survey research process designed for educators. The guides address collaborative survey development, sampling respondents, survey administration, and analysis and reporting of survey data. The guides also provide detailed, real-world examples of how the process has been used in REL Northeast & Islands research alliances. With these guides, educators will be able to develop their own surveys and sampling and analysis plans.

Survey methods for educators: Collaborative survey development (part 1 of 3)

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33 pp.

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Webinar: Continuous Improvement in Ed.

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10/04/2016
Free Online Event

From 2:00-3:30, district and school leaders interested in learning about continuous improvement are invited to join EDC researchers Sheila Rodriguez and Karen Shakman for the free REL Northeast & Islands at EDC webinar, "A Practical Approach to Continuous Education." During this webinar, participants will be introduced to the continuous improvement process and the tools that guide its implementation, and le

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Strong PI/Evaluator Partnerships: A "User's Guide"

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Leslie Goodyear, PhD, brings more than 16 years of experience evaluating educational projects and programs at local, regional, national, and international levels. Goodyear, the President-Elect of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, has conducted evaluations and evaluation capacity building in formal and informal educational settings, afterschool, youth civic engagement, HIV prevention, youth development, and human services programs, with a recent focus on STEM programs in informal settings. In this blog post, she describes a free online guide that is designed to promote strong, productive Principal Investigator/Evaluator partnerships.

Leslie Goodyear

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