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Making a Change—Evaluating School and School Systems Reform

Session Number: PreK8
Track: PreK-12 Educational Evaluation
Session Type: Multipaper
Tags: Pre-K 12 Evaluation
Session Chair: Sara Woodruff [Mathematica Policy Research]
Discussant: Chad T. Green, PMP [Loudoun County Public Schools]
Presenter 1: Gary J Miron [Western Michigan University]
Presenter 2: Hannah Gbenro [Seattle University]
Presenter 3: Zakia Redd [Child Trends]
Presenter 4: hongxia fu [Arizona State University]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Kathryn Wilson [Western Michigan University]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Kelly Murphy, PhD [Research Scientist in Youth Development - Child Trends]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Ann W Nielsen [Director - ASU]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Wendy Barnard [Arizona State University]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Buckingham

Abstract 1 Title: Evaluating Schools and School Systems—Findings from a 40-Country Study
Presentation Abstract 1: This paper summarizes findings from an in-depth analysis of variables on school evaluation collected from 40 countries. The project is based on a comprehensive model for school evaluation that considers existence of national examinations and assessments, (ii) teacher and school leader appraisal, (iii) compliance reporting by schools, (iv) school inspections, and (iv) school self-evaluation practices. The framework for the project considers who is responsible for evaluation-related activities, how they conduct their evaluations, and with whom and how results are shared. The findings indicate activities used for evaluating individual schools and/or school systems. The analysis of findings o breakout activities used for performance, regulatory, or market accountability. Diverse evaluation activities are analyzed in terms of whether they are intended for formative or summative purposes. Finally, the paper concludes by examining the influence of evaluation results upon a variety of decisions including: decisions about school funding, careers tracks, and remuneration for teachers and leaders
Abstract 2 Title: Perceived Barriers & Supports for Implementing Standards-Based Reform
Abstract 3 Title: A Study of a School Turnaround Effort
Presentation Abstract 3: <span style="font-family: Calibri;">In the 2012-13 school year, the students at J.C. Nalle Community School achieved the highest increase in students math proficiency and the fifth highest increase in reading proficiency across all DCPS schools. </span>During that same year, J.C. Nalle -in collaboration with their community partners, National Center for Children and Families -implemented a package of interventions including an expanded use of technology to enhance learning; an extended and restructured school day; and a Saturday School program targeting low-performing students and their parents. A mixed methods evaluation was conducted to examine the effects of the package of interventions on student outcomes. A matched comparison group design was used to examine differences in growth in mathematics and reading test performance for students at JC Nalle and similar students from other DCPS schools.</span> </span>Qualitative methods were used to examine the potential factors that help to explain changes in test scores.</span> </span></span>
Abstract 4 Title: A Longitudinal Ecological Program Evaluation Framework to Support the Sustainability of School Reform
Presentation Abstract 4: <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The authors of this paper will describe how an ongoing five-year effort to evaluate the growth of classroom teachers and school leadership teams working within the same school reform impact student achievement in high minority and high poverty districts. Using an ecological perspective, the evaluation of the impact of the reform employs multiple measures and various resources to evaluate teacher's classroom performance, student achievement, leadership team performance, school working conditions, teacher retention, and overall school progress. In this session the authors will introduce how the implementation of an ecological evaluation framework serves as a diagnosis to facilitate ongoing assessment and review at the school level of this school reform project. </span></span>
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Making a Change—Evaluating School and School Systems Reform

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