IMPAQ* conducted this random assignment evaluation of QTEL, WestEd's professional development program for middle school teachers working with English learners. This evaluation was part of the Regional Education Laboratory West (REL-West) portfolio funded by ED’s IES. The study used a cluster random assignment design to evaluate the effectiveness of a 3-year implementation of the QTEL program. To evaluate the program’s impact, researchers analyzed student achievement outcomes on the California Standards Test (focusing on English language and arts in particular), the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), and measures of attendance, student grade point averages (GPAs), and grade promotion. A rigorous implementation study accompanied the impact study. Implementation study methods included analysis of teacher surveys, classroom observations, and observations of professional development sessions and coaching sessions.
*IMPAQ attained this contract after the acquisition of Berkeley Policy Associates in 2013