Resource Library

EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division produces resources in the form of reports, books, Web-based tools, and multimedia for stakeholders across the education continuum. Some of these resources are developed exclusively by EDC while others are the result of collaborations with federal and state government, universities, foundations, and other funders.

Titlesort descending Description Type Year
A Closer Look Policy Report: Child Care, Head Start, PreK Collaboration

This report presents findings from a multi-phased study that investigated the nature and impacts of collaborations among early care and education providers. The authors present a series of recommendations to help federal and state policymakers...

Publication 2012
A Description of Foundation Skills Interventions for Struggling Middle-Grade Readers in Four Urban Northeast and Islands Region School Districts

This study describes how four midsize urban school districts in the Northeast and Islands Region were providing foundation skills assessments and programs to struggling middle-grade readers. Researchers found variations, but also some...

Publication 2008
A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont

This Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands report describes strategies that state, district, and school leaders use to implement initiatives that promote a consensus definition of formative assessment endorsed by the Council of...

Publication 2011
A District’s Use of Data and Research to Inform Policy Formation and Implementation

How do school boards and districts better use research and data to inform policy decisions? This report describes how one mid-sized urban district in the Northeast & Islands Region formulated and implemented a new discipline policy using data...

Publication 2015
A Guide to Calculating District Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios using Publicly Available Data

This guide shows how states and districts can use publicly available data on district expenditures and student academic performance to calculate six district-level expenditure-to performance ratios. The guide is based on a separate...

Publication 2017
A Primer for Continuous Improvement in Schools and Districts

This brief orients educational practitioners to the continuous improvement process and how it can work in educational settings. The brief provides an overview and includes references and resources that school and district leaders may find helpful...

Publication 2017
A Program Director’s Guide to Evaluating STEM Education Programs: Lessons Learned from Local, State, and National Initiatives

Written for program directors/manager, educators, and others responsible for developing and implementing STEM programs in schools and community-based organizations, this guide seeks to reduce “evaluation anxiety” for those who are not...

Publication 2013
A Review of Conditions and Characteristics Leading to College and Career Readiness in Selected States: An Emphasis on STEM Education

This briefing paper addresses two questions: (1) What state-level policies and implementation strategies are proposed or currently in place that are intended to promote career and college readiness in STEM? (2) What are the critical...

Publication 2011
Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students

EDC researchers and partner colleagues in the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands set out to learn what would happen if algebra-ready grade 8 students without access to Algebra I were offered it through an online course. Would...

Publication 2011
Accountability in Early Childhood Education

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...

Publication 2016
Achieving Educational Equity and Justice in Career Academies: Challenges and Promising Strategies

Career academies are a model of career and technical education (CTE) that combines academic rigor, instruction that is relevant to students’ lives, and strong relationships between students and adults. Shown to have positive impacts on high...

Publication 2017
An Examination of Performance-based Teacher Evaluation Systems in Five States

This study of performance-based teacher evaluation systems in the five states that had implemented statewide systems as of 2010/11 finds considerable variation among them. However, all five states’ systems include observations, self-assessments,...

Publication 2012
Analyzing Performance by Hispanic High School Students on the Massachusetts State Assessment

The report examines Hispanic high school students' performance on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English language arts and mathematics over 2002/03–2005/06. It compares the scores of grade 10 Hispanic and non-Hispanic...

Publication 2009
Assessing School Leader Preparation Program Quality: An Update on the Quality Measures Tool

In this webinar hosted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Cheryl King discusses how EDC’s Quality Measures™ tool has helped school leader preparation programs assess their strengths and weaknesses and improve...

Video 2014
Back to Sesame Street: Reviving Developmentally Focused Formative Research

This Microtalk was presented by Dr. Katherine McMillan Culp at the 7th Annual Games for Change Festival, Games for Learning Day, as part of the panel "Novel research methodologies for games research." Culp discusses challenges facing...

Publication 2010
Blended Instruction Report and Executive Summary

In this report and executive summary, the authors present findings from a study of the STEM21 (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering for the 21st Century) Academy blended instruction model. Today, although more and more schools are...

Publication 2015
Broadening Participation—Making STEM Learning Relevant and Rigorous for All Students

This brief reviews findings from a number of recent studies, including NAEP and ACT, along with a series of reports, which reveal critical STEM learning opportunity gaps for students from underrepresented groups and a need to strengthen STEM...

Publication 2015
Building State P–3 Systems: Learning from Leading States

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....

Publication 2016
Caught in the Balance: An Organizational Analysis of Science Teaching in Schools With Elementary Science Specialists

Elementary schools are under increasing pressure to teach science and teach it well; yet, research documents that classroom teachers must overcome numerous personal and school-based challenges to teach science effectively at this level, such as...

Publication 2016
Changing Cultures and Building Capacity: An Exploration of District Strategies for Implementation of Teacher Evaluation Systems

In recent years, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have coalesced around educator evaluation as a critical lever for reforming teaching and learning. National and local policy changes have proliferated, and districts across the country...

Publication 2012