IMPAQ developed innovative data collection and analytic methods for education researchers and system leaders, to measure implementation quality more consistently and support educators more effectively in their selection of educational tools and methods. The project involved two tasks.
First, we reviewed existing rubrics that align lessons to Common Core literacy standards, including Equip, Achieve the Core’s Publishers Criteria, Achieve the Core’s Instructional Practice Guide, and Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. This information is used to develop machine learning capabilities and allow lessons to be evaluated electronically, saving both time and money and showing teachers quickly if their lessons are aligned properly. It also helps them become more comfortable using Common Core Standards in their classrooms.
Next, we facilitated a randomly controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a redesigned teacher survey and see if the new version produces higher response rates. We worked with the Philadelphia Charter Schools for Excellence to select the right items to include, and sent both the standard and new versions to teachers. The information collected feeds a report to the Gates Foundation that explores methods for improving survey response rates among teachers.
Our team has strong knowledge of the Gates Foundation’s strategies and partners, proficiency with traditional education measurement and evaluation, and leading knowledge of Common Core alignment. The team included senior researchers and data analysis experts, with experience in rubric evaluation, survey design and sampling, and developing partnerships with charter schools as well as education and literacy experience.