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21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Descriptive Evaluation for 2011-2012 download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Patricia Cahape Hammer and Larry J. White, December 2012
This evaluation study provides descriptive information about the implementation and outcomes of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program in West Virginia, from September 2011 through May 2012.

Implementation of the Master Plan for Statewide Professional Staff Development for 2011-2012: An Evaluation Study download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Patricia Cahape Hammer, October 2012
This evaluation study examined the formation and implementation of the West Virginia Board of Education’s Master Plan for Professional Staff Development for 2011-2012 (PD Master Plan).

Findings from the 2011 West Virginia Online Writing Scoring Comparability Study download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Nate Hixson and Vaughn Rhudy, October 2012
To provide an opportunity for teachers to better understand the automated scoring process used by the state of West Virginia on our annual WESTEST 2 Online Writing Assessment, the WVDE Office of Assessment and Accountability and the Office of Research conduct an annual comparability study. Each year educators from throughout West Virginia receive training from the Office of Assessment and Accountability and then hand score randomly selected student compositions. The educators’ hand scores are then compared to the operational computer (engine) scores, and the comparability of the two scoring methods is examined.

The Middle School Algebra Readiness Initiative: An Analysis of Teacher Outcomes and Student Mathematics Achievement and Gains download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Nate K. Hixson, October 2012
We conducted an evaluation study of the Middle School Algebra Readiness Initiative (MSARI), a mathematics intervention that was implemented in two West Virginia school districts during the 2011-2012 school year. In participating middle schools, the Carnegie Learning MATHia® software intervention and classroom curriculum were used as a total replacement for the districts’ alternative mathematics curriculum for Grades 6, 7, and 8. A cohort of teachers was trained by Carnegie Learning in mathematical content and pedagogy as well as in the proper implementation of the software and classroom curriculum materials.

Extended Professional Development in Project-Based Learning: Impacts on 21st Century Skills Teaching and Student Achievement download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Nate K. Hixson, Jason Ravitz, Andy Whisman, September 2012
From 2008 to 2010, project-based learning (PBL) was a major focus of the Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI), undertaken by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), as a method for teaching 21st century skills. Beginning in January 2011, a summative evaluation was conducted to investigate the effect of PBL implementation on teachers’ perceived ability to teach and assess 21st century skills and on student achievement.

Supplemental Educational Services in the State of West Virginia: Evaluation Report for 2011-2012 download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Anduamlak Meharie, August 2012
This report presents findings of an evaluation of the 2011-2012 supplemental educational services (SES) program in West Virginia. The primary purpose of the evaluation was to examine SES provider effectiveness by analyzing (a) achievement outcomes of students who received SES and (b) the perceptions of key stakeholders in participating school districts in West Virginia.

A Cohort Study of Arts Participation and Academic Performance download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Andy Whisman and Nate Hixson, August 2012
In West Virginia one arts credit is required for graduation. This study examined whether participation in arts instruction beyond the one-credit minimum correlated with improved academic proficiency.

The West Virginia Alternate Identification and Reporting Program download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Yetty A. Shobo, Anduamlak Meharie, Patricia Cahape Hammer, and Nate Hixson, June 2012
This study examines the results of the Alternative Identification and Reporting (AIR) program, which promoted the nonuse of disability labels for students receiving special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, in a group of 26 elementary and middle schools in West Virginia. The AIR program was founded on the premise that the determination of a specific disability category and subsequent labeling is not necessary for providing students needed instructional and behavioral services. Instead, staff were to focus on the instructional and behavioral needs of the students.

ESEA LEA Consolidated Monitoring 2011-2012: Feedback from Subrecipients download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Anduamlak Meharie, June 2012
The Consolidated Monitoring Survey was designed by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Research in consultation with representatives from the WVDE Division of Educator Quality and System Support. The purpose of the survey was to gather feedback regarding the quality, relevance, and usefulness of the federal consolidated monitoring process for improving the WVDE’s efforts to assist districts with school improvement initiatives and to build capacity.

Effects of Disability Labels on Students with Exceptionalities: A Brief Review of the Research Literature   download PDF LinkLiterature Review
Patricia Cahape Hammer, June 2012
Researchers have studied the effects of disability labels on students from several angles, including labels as a basis of stigma and lower teacher expectations and the mitigating effects that labels can sometimes have - especially for students with dyslexia and high-functioning autism. Other research has looked at the behavior of disabled students, to see how it may affect both teacher and peer expectations and relationships. Lastly, researchers point out the need to address issues of school culture, especially stigma and mistreatment of students with disabilities by their nondisabled peers.

This brief research review was originally published as part of a larger study, West Virginia Alternate Identification and Reporting Program: An Exploratory Analysis by Yetty A. Shobo, Anduamlak Meharie, Patricia Cahape Hammer, and Nate Hixson, available at
http://wvde.state.wv.us/research/reports2012/EvaluationofAIR2011Final062812.pdf.

Response to Intervention, An Introduction: A Brief Review of the Research Literature   download PDF LinkLiterature Review
Patricia Cahape Hammer, June 2012
This review provides an introduction to response to intervention (RTI), including how it is defined, reasons for its growing popularity, an introduction to an emerging body of research, a brief discussion of what it all means, and suggestions about directions for future research.

This brief research review was originally published as part of a larger study, West Virginia Alternate Identification and Reporting Program: An Exploratory Analysis by Yetty A. Shobo, Anduamlak Meharie, Patricia Cahape Hammer, and Nate Hixson, available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/research/reports2012/EvaluationofAIR2011Final062812.pdf.

Educator Evaluation Pilot Project: Results From a Midyear Survey of Teachers in All Participating Schools download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Anduamlak Meharie, April 2012
This is an interim, midyear report of a more comprehensive evaluation study of the Educator Evaluation Pilot Project. As such, the report is not intended to present summative conclusions about the efficacy or outcomes of the program under study. The purpose of this report is to present stakeholder feedback for program staff to consider as they make implementation decisions. The report includes findings of an online survey of teachers participating in the Pilot Project, conducted during January and February of 2012.

The West Virginia School Climate Index: Validity and Associations With Academic Outcome Measures download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Andy Whisman, April 2012
The term school climate refers to the character and quality of school life. The validity of a new index designed to measure school climate "the WV School Climate Index" was tested in this study, and it was used to show the impact of school climate in West Virginia schools.

School Improvement Grant: Evaluation Report for 2010-2011 (Redacted Edition).   download PDF Link
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Anduamlak Meharie, Nate Hixson, and Patricia Cahape Hammer, January 2012 (Redacted edition published in March 2013)
This report provides the results of a multimethod evaluation research study to determine the impact of the School Improvement Grant program on participating schools in West Virginia. Note: A portion of the data used in this study was collected with the understanding that it would be held confidential; consequently we have used codes in place of school names throughout this publically available version of the report (originally published for internal use only in 2012) and redacted information that could be identified with any individual school.

The West Virginia Special Education Technology Integration Specialist Program: Examining Reported Expected and Actual Use by School Administrators   download PDF LinkReport
Yetty A. Shobo and Nate Hixson, February 2012
The WVDE Office of Assessment, Accountability and Research, in collaboration with the Office of Instructional Technology; Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning; and the Office of Career and Technical Instruction developed an evaluation plan to assist the WVDE in determining the impact of the Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) program on selected TIS applicants, participating schools, teachers, and students. This study which focuses on the experience of school administrators, both in terms of their expected use and actual use of the SE TISs program during the 2010-2011 school year was conducted as one component of that plan. It is the first examination of administrator perceptions about the program in its 6-year history.

The West Virginia Special Education Technology Integration Specialist program: Examining Reported Expected and Actual Use by Teachers   download PDF LinkReport
Yetty A. Shobo and Nate Hixson, February 2012
The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Assessment, Accountability and Research, in collaboration with the Office of Instructional Technology; Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning; and the Office of Career and Technical Instruction developed an evaluation plan to assist the WVDE in determining the impact of the Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) program on selected TIS applicants, participating schools, teachers, and students. This study focuses on how other teachers with whom an SE TIS has cotaught or had some degree of influence perceive the program, and how having an SE TIS in their school has changed their technology use in their teaching. It was conducted during the 2010-2011 school year as one component of that plan, and is the first examination of teacher perceptions about the program in its 6-year history.

The West Virginia School Climate Index: A Measure of School Engagement, Safety, and Environment download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Andy Whisman, January 2012
The WV School Climate Index is a multidimensional measure developed by the WVDE Office of Research and Office of Healthy Schools as part of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program (S3). The index was developed in alignment with a model put forth by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS).