Focusing More on Learning and Less on Test Scores Effective implementation of the multi-step instructional process of formative assessment shifts the focus of students to their own learning by making them more responsible for it and by using grading practices that encourage learning rather than inhi
Interim Assessments and ESSA In the name of flexibility and innovation, ESSA allows the use of interim assessments, the results of which would be aggregated for purposes of ESSA accountability. However, there are good arguments for why both general achievement measures used mult
A Tool to Observe/Evaluate Formative Assessment Practice Ten dimensions of formative assessment practice are described. For each dimension, a rubric is provided for use in observation and self reflection with the goal of improving instructional practice. The ten dimensions are:
I. Learning goals II. Crite
Unreasonable Expectations of State Assessments Local educators, parents, and others generally want more information on student performance from their state assessments than those programs give them. This is not surprising given the high stakes now associated with state assessment results. Further
Scaled Scores and Performance Levels For purposes of comparability and reporting, scaled scores must be computed that reflect student performance on commercial tests and state accountability tests. However, concerns about scaled scores not providing information about what students know
Under the Hood of Computer-Adaptive Testing Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) was first created to generate a total test scaled score (or estimate of ability) as efficiently as possible – that is, with as few items as possible administered in a very short time. Each item selected to be adminis
AERA Education Research Conference On Saturday April 6, 2019, Steve Meyer and Emma Espel from REL Central will present findings from the new report about teacher mobility and attrition at the @AERAEdResearch Conference. Join us in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Tutor
More Information from Shorter Tests? Riiiight!
“I promise to replace our current accountability assessment with a single, summative, formative, adaptive, diagnostic general achievement test that measures growth and yields immediate results that teachers can use right away to modify their inst
What does “balance” mean in a balanced assessment system?
It’s fitting that an early post in this blog is a piece on “balanced assessment systems” because it’s an all encompassing concept relative to the assessments experienced by students. We can zero in on specifics throughout the year. The te
RMC Welcomes Dr. Stuart Kahl
To better address the needs of educators across our states, RMC has initiated a blog series that will focus on assessment. Although assessment is a critical activity at all levels -- from statewide testing to classroom testing by teachers – sch
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Collaboration Between RMC Research and The Shadow Project RMC Research collaborated with The Shadow Project, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization that aims to close the achievement gap between students in special education and their grade level peers. We provided consultation and analytic expertise to dev
RMC Will Evaluate Scholastic LitCamp this Summer We are excited to announce we are working with Scholastic Education to evaluate LitCamp, a summer literacy and enrichment program for students rising into kindergarten through Grade 9 developed by Scholastic in partnership with LitWorld. Scholastic E
Nevada Native Youth Community Project The evaluation of the Nevada Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) is a mixed methods formative and summative evaluation being conducted by staff from the RMC Tampa and Denver offices. The evaluation is designed to assess program impacts on students,
RMC Volunteers Participate in MESA Day 2018
In 2018, five RMC Research employees volunteered at the annual Oregon MESA Day event. Oregon MESA is a pre-college academic program hosted by PSU that equips underrepresented students with science, technology, engineering and math, inventi
RMC Research Drills Down on Essential Mathematics Skills Research indicates that there are some skills that are difficult to develop on your own—you probably need a good teacher to grow in certain areas. One of these areas is learning fractions, another is learning algebra. Without assistance, these skil
The Broad Center RMC Research is excited to partner with The Broad Center (TBC) to conduct a study of the impact that TBC-trained leaders have had on public education in the United States. The study involves analysis of academic data from 2010-11 forward for both s
TeachDETROIT Completes Summer 2017 Programming RMC Research is conducting the external evaluation of the Noyce Mathematics Fellows, TeachDETROIT (NMFTD) project. The 5-year project led by Wayne State University is focused on preparing elementary and middle school mathematics teachers in Detroit a
Rural Teacher Retention As part of REL Central, RMC Research is partnering state education agencies in four states (Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota) to develop a study of rural teacher retention and mobility. The study is designed to better understand the dyn
Student Adaptive Pedagogy – Sharing What We Are Learning On April 2, Dr. John Sutton and Dr. Xin Wang co-presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Research Conference in San Antonio, TX, with Dr. Heather Johnson, Dr. Ron Tzur, and Amber Gardner, all from the University of Colorado
RMC Research Diagnostic Reviews 2017 RMC Research was selected by the Colorado Department of Education as an approved contractor for conducting diagnostic reviews and recently conducted these reviews in nine schools for the Aurora Public Schools. Reviews entail 3-4 day visits by an expe
AmeriCorps Program at Red Cloud Indian School Red Cloud Indian School is a private K-12 institution located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. With separate elementary, middle, and high school buildings sharing one campus near the town of Pine Ridge, and a K-8 building situated in th
How to get mathematics scores up by really trying Increasing student achievement, as measured by state assessments, is a perennial challenge. Nowhere is the problem more persistent than it is for mathematics scores. A recently released summary of rigorous evaluations related to content-focused profe
Regional Educational Laboratory Announcement RMC Research is pleased to announce that our partners at Marzano Research have won the contract to continue to serve as the regional educational laboratory serving the Central states of CO, KS, MO, ND, NE, SD, WY. RMC will continue to serve as a pa
Evaluation of Universal Screening Tools RMC Research is working with Imagine Learning, a company which seeks to provide differentiated language and literacy instruction to students using individualized technologies, to evaluate a Universal Screener. Universal Screeners identify students wh
Diagnostic reviews of the New America Schools’ RMC Research recently completed diagnostic reviews of the New America Schools’ Thornton and Lakewood campuses. Both schools serve traditional alternative education students and “opportunity” students who had dropped out and decided to return to
Closing the Achievement Gap in Rural Districts REL Central facilitated a session with Missouri superintendents at the Missouri Association of Rural Education/K-8 Fall Conference in Lake Ozark, MO on October 21, 2016.
Dr. Shelley H. Billig from REL Central facilitated a session with three super
Douglas County School District Study RMC Research is embarking on a new study of the use of teachers’ non-instructional time for the Douglas County School District in Colorado. Teacher volunteers are serving as advisors to the study, which will document use of time across the school y
STEM CLUSTERS Project The Denver office of RMC Research Corporation is working with the University of Colorado Denver in the evaluation their STEM CLUSTERS project. This project has undertaken a novel investigation that studies the impact of developing and coordinating K-
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Language & Culture Institute The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) Tribal Department of Education created a Language & Culture Institute to expand upon existing Lakota/Dakota language programming on the Standing Rock Reservation, located in central North and South Dakota. The
Content Standards Revision in North Dakota As part of REL Central, RMC Research staff helped to facilitate discussions surrounding the revision of the English Language Arts and Mathematics content standards in North Dakota. North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction brought together ed
Announcement: Free TEAMS Webinars now Posted! Evaluation need? No problem! Invited experts and members of the Technical Evaluation Assistance in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) project provided a series of 27 free webinars which are archived and available at no cost to principal investigators, e
Eagle County MSP Integration Project The Eagle County Math Science Partnership Integration Project (MSP-IP) is a multi-district partnership involving 17 schools in six Colorado school districts: Eagle County, Archuleta, Centennial, Ignacio, Montezuma-Cortez, and Silverton. The project i
REL Central Native American Education Research Alliance Update RMC Research facilitates the Native American Education Research Alliance (NAERA), initiated in 2012 after stakeholders identified the need for collaborative solutions to problems facing American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the REL Centra
Evaluation of the Y.E.S.S. Program – Douglas County (CO) 2016 – 2019
The Youth, Education and Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) program was created by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (CO). The programming in local schools is conducted in partnership with the Douglas County School District serving ele
Aurora Public Schools Gifted and Talented Education Evaluation RMC Research Corp. conducted an evaluation of the Aurora Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) program for Aurora Public Schools (APS). The evaluation was used to document and describe AGATE activities, identification practices, services being provid
Webinar - Evaluation Models Aligned to Research Types Join RMC Research staff next week for the webinar Evaluation Models Aligned to Research Types sponsored by the Technical Evaluation Assistance in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) project (DRL#1238120)!
Evaluation Models Aligned to Research Types
REL Central Rural Education Research Alliance Update The REL Central Rural Education Research Alliance (RERA), staffed by RMC Research Denver personnel, continues to expand its closing the achievement gap work with the addition of Missouri, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Superintendent and school admi
Academic Parent-Teacher Teams Family engagement in the school has been shown to be beneficial to both the school and the student. There are many ways parents can be involved at their child’s school, however, what opportunities are there for parents who work or don’t speak E
Texas Comprehensive Center project RMC Research staff are working with the American Institutes of Research in Texas on multiple Texas Comprehensive Center projects. RMC has contributed literature summaries on schools that beat the odds and outperform test score predictions; Achievemen
New and Noteworthy in Noyce The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the Robert Noyce Program, which supports training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in high needs K-12 classrooms. The program involves four tracks: scholarships and stip
A Rubric for Rating Webinar Quality Professional development programs for teachers sometimes rely on online presentations or webinars to deliver the training content. Webinars are a great tool for reducing barriers to participation by freeing up travel time and costs, but the lack of a
NAEP Results can Provide Policy Guidance The Nation’s Report Card, also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest ongoing assessment of America's student knowledge and skills (http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/). Student performance in mathematics and
Learning Links Foundation Learning Links Foundation has partnered with three states in India – Hamachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Jharkhand – to implement a project called Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation, an approach to transformation of teaching and learning that emp
TEAMS Presentations at the 2015 AEA Conference in Chicago TEAMS staff are presenting several sessions at the American Evaluation Association Conference, November 9-14, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Session topics include Evaluation and Alignment of Models to Research Types, Designing Surveys using Construct Mapping,
The Lakota Language Project at Red Cloud Indian School Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is a private K-12 institution with a total student population of approximately 550 students. The school has long had a commitment to strengthening Lakota identity and culture, and
Tennessee SCORE Prize Winners Announced (October 26, 2015) On October 26, 2015, the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced the winners of the 5th Annual SCORE Prize which honors Tennessee public schools and school districts based on student achievement results that make them l
Retaining Teachers in South Dakota Indian Country Over the past several years, RMC Research has worked with staff from the WoLakota Project to lend technical support to document program impact. The WoLakota Project aims to improve conditions in high-need schools that serve American Indian students b
A Brief Introduction to Matching If students in treatment and comparison groups are systematically different, differences in outcomes at the end of an intervention may be due in part to those differences instead the effects of the intervention itself. In some cases, the bias from th
RMC Research Diagnostic Reviews RMC Research has recently been selected by the Colorado Department of Education as an approved contractor for conducting diagnostic reviews and is currently conducting these reviews in nine schools for the Aurora Public Schools. Reviews entail 3-5 da
What’s the big deal about missing data? Missing data are ubiquitous in educational research and evaluation. Many times, though, researchers simply ignore their missing data issues or rely on a simplistic technique to fill in missing values. But, is this the best approach for your analysis?
Resources for Experiment Planning RMC Denver serves partners in state and local education agencies as well as institutes of higher education. A common goal of these partnerships is to design high quality, methodologically rigorous research that generalizes to populations of interest.
Title VII Title VII provides funding for the education of American Indian/Alaska Native students based on a formula grant available to school districts, charter schools, and local education agencies (LEAs). According to data from the U.S. Department of Educati
RMC Research partners with the University of Colorado Denver RMC Research partners with the University of Colorado Denver on a $3 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to develop and study professional development focused on student-adaptive pedagogy for grades 3-5 teachers.
REL Central Rural Education Research Alliance Webinar Closing the Achievement Gap in Rural Nebraska Districts: Lessons from Research and the Field
Date: August 27, 2015
• 1:00–2:30 pm Mountain Time
• 2:00–3:30 pm Central Time
• Patricia L. Hardré, PhD, Professor, Un
August 10, 2015 RMC Research – Denver has been busy this summer! Stay tuned each week for highlights of our work.
On July 29, we co-presented with our CDE rural specialist colleague, Tina Goar, and the two rural superintendents who closed the achievement gap in
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