Supporting Data Use at State Education Agencies: REL Central Presents Tools at STATS DC

Recent efforts to draw effective research and strategic data use into state policy and practice decisions have revealed a need for high quality support at the state and district levels (e.g., Nelson, Leffler, & Hansen, 2009; Data Quality Campaign, 2010). The Regional Educational Laboratory Central (REL Central) at Marzano Research worked closely with state education agencies in Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota to develop tools that support effective data use in various contexts. At STATS DC, July 12-14, the REL Central team which included several RMC Research staff held a session to share these tools with potential users. The session provided an overview and demonstration of tools for (1) improving the reliability of teacher candidate performance scores, (2) examining student achievement gaps among various subgroups in schools and districts, and (3) collecting survey data. These tools were developed using commonly available or free software (e.g., Excel, R, and Google Forms). REL and state education agency staff demonstrated the tools and discussed their development and how they have been used. The REL program is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and is a partnership of three organizations: Marzano Research, RMC Research Corporation Denver, and Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates.

Want to see a presentation? The tool on improving reliability of teacher candidate performance scores will be presented again at CAEPCon (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) on September 29-30, 2016 in Washington, DC. To learn more about REL Central’s work and freely available resources, check out:

Data Quality Campaign. (2010). Data Quality Campaign releases first national overview of state efforts to ensure the effective use of education data. Washington, D.C.

Nelson, S.R., Leffler, J.C., & Hansen, B.A. (2009). Toward a research agenda for understanding and improving the use of research evidence. Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. [Retrievable at].