RESEARCH OFFICE REPORTS 2012

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Improving School Discipline Data Collection and Reporting: A Status Report for the 2012-2013 School Year download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, December 2013
A statewide analysis was conducted on school disciplinary incidents reported during the 2012-2013 school year-the first full year under the revised Policy 4373. Findings from the analysis are provided to help inform districts and schools about what supports they may need to improve school climate, including more positive approaches to student discipline.

Instructional Planning Time: A Review of Existing Research and Educator Practice During the 2012-2013 School Year download PDF LinkExecutive Summary   download PDF Link
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Nate Hixson, Amber D. Stohr, and Patricia Cahape Hammer, November, 2013
A study of instructional planning periods was undertaken in late 2013 pursuant to West Virginia State Code §18A-4-14 which states: “The state board shall conduct a study on planning periods. The study shall include, but not be limited to, the appropriate length for planning periods at the various grade levels and for the different types of class schedules.” The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Research was tasked by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to carry out this study.

Findings from the 2012 West Virginia Online Writing Scoring Comparability Study   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Nate Hixson and Vaughn Rhudy, September 2013
Student responses to the WESTEST 2 Online Writing Assessment are scored by a computer-scoring engine. The scoring method is not widely understood among educators, and there exists a misperception that it is not comparable to hand scoring. To address these issues, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) conducts an annual scoring comparability study that compares scoring by trained human raters to scoring by the computer engine.

Creating the Context and Employing Best Practices for Teacher Professional Development: A Brief Review of Recent Research   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Patricia Cahape Hammer, September 2013
A review of the research on teacher professional development identified an emerging consensus on important contextual and implementation characteristics that can promote or inhibit teachers’ use of new knowledge and skills in their classroom practice. Findings suggest that professional development is best viewed as one component in an overall system that also requires alignment among tests, policy, and curriculum. Within this context, research has shown that effective professional development tends to have the following elements: Content and content pedagogy focus; coherence; active learning; collective participation; and duration, including at least 30 contact hours distributed across a time span of at least a year.

West Virginia Safe and Supportive Schools Project: Year 2 Implementation Evaluation Report download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, June 2013
The 4-year federal Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) program supports targeted interventions to improve and measure conditions for learning at the high school level. For 2011-2012 (Year 2), two evaluation questions were investigated: (EQ1) To what extent do participating schools implement the program with fidelity relative to the WV Model for Positive School Climate (WVMPSC), and (EQ2) to what extent do program initiatives improve school climate and culture?

West Virginia Revised Educator Evaluation System for Teachers 2011-2012: First Year Pilot Report download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Anduamlak Meharie and Nate Hixson, June 2013

During 2011-2012, teachers in 25 WV schools (12 counties) participated in the pilot test of the new educator evaluation system. This is the first summary and cross analysis of data collected and shared with project leaders during the pilot.


Evaluation of the Student-Centered Arts-Learning Environments (SCALE) Project, 2013 Report download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Patricia Cahape Hammer and Nate Hixson, June 2013
The SCALE Project focused on professional development and technical assistance provided by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) that enabled teachers to integrate arts into other curricular areas through cross-discipline collaboration. Teachers from 16 high-poverty elementary schools helped students plan and implement an arts-based cross-curricular project, and prepared them to attend a theme-related concert performed by the WVSO.

The West Virginia Special Education Technology Integration Specialist (SETIS) Program: 2011-2012 Evaluation Report download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Amber Stohr, March 2013
The Special Education Technology Integration Specialist (SETIS) program provides professional development for special education teachers to assist them in achieving proficiency with 21st Century Technology Tools. In 2011-2012, its 7th year, the program trained 16 special educators as models, coaches, and mentors of technology integration at schools and within classrooms. This study examines SETIS program implementation, use, and impact across three key stakeholder groups: SETIS, teacher colleagues, and school administrators.

West Virginia Universal Free Meals Pilot: Evaluation Report download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Anduamlak Meharie, Andy Whisman, Nate Hixson, Patricia Cahape Hammer, Yetty A. Shobo, Amber Stohr, January 2013
The West Virginia Universal Free Meals Pilot project provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of financial need, in 72 schools in seven counties during the 2011-2012 school year. This report examines the implementation and impacts of the pilot, including both the benefits realized and the challenges encountered and overcome.