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Education Technology Integration Specialist (SETIS) Program: 2012-2014 Evaluation Report   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Amber D. Stohr, December 2015
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. The program completed its eighth and ninth rounds during the 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 school years, training over 30 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 candidates, teacher colleagues, and school administrators.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Descriptive Evaluation for 2013-2014   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Patricia Cahape Hammer and Larry J. White, February 2015
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 2013 through May 2014. The report draws on information from online surveys of directors of 27 CCLC programs and from school teachers for 2,117 of the 11,432 participating students.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Descriptive Evaluation for 2012-2013   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Larry J. White, March 2014
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 2012 through May 2013. The report draws on information from online surveys of directors of 30 CCLC programs and from school teachers for 4,102 participating students.

21st Century Community Learning Centers 2013: A Quasi-Experimental Investigation of Program Impacts on Student Achievement in Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Larry White and Nate Hixson, January 2014
This report summarizes an evaluation study investigating the effects of participation in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program on student achievement in mathematics and reading/language arts, for the cohort of students who participated during the 2012-2013 school year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Descriptive Evaluation for 2010-2011 download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Larry L. White, August 2011
The West Virginia Department of Education has implemented the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), to help establish local community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children to (a) meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; (b) offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and (c) offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. This evaluation consists of a descriptive analysis of the teacher and program director surveys, as well as a compilation of the dose strength data for each of the individual programs.

HI-Y Youth Programs Evaluation 2011 (West Virginia): Model United Nations and Youth in Government (Legislative and Judicial) Programs   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White and Nate Hixson, August 2011
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This evaluation study used student surveys, administered in March and April 2011, to measure West Virginia student learning as a result of their participation, and their perceptions about the program they attended.

HI-Y Youth Programs Evaluation 2011 (Ohio): Model United Nations and Youth in Government (Legislative and Judicial) Programs   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White and Nate Hixson, August 2011
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This evaluation study used student surveys, administered in March and April 2011, to measure Ohio student learning as a result of their participation, and their perceptions about the program they attended.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Descriptive Evaluation for 2009-2010   download PDF LinkReport
West Virginia Department of Education, November 2010
The West Virginia Department of Education has implemented the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), to help establish local community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children to (a) meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; (b) offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and (c) offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. This evaluation consists of a descriptive analysis of the teacher and program director surveys, as well as a compilation of the dose strength data for each of the individual programs.

HI-Y Youth Programs Evaluation 2010 (Ohio): Model United Nations and Youth in Government (Legislative and Judicial) Programs   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White, Nate Hixson, and Juan D'Brot, August 2011
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This evaluation study used student surveys, administered in March and April 2010, to measure Ohio student learning as a result of their participation, and their perceptions about the program they attended.

HI-Y Youth Programs Evaluation 2010 (West Virginia): Model United Nations and Youth in Government (Legislative and Judicial) Programs   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White, Nate Hixson, and Juan D'Brot, August 2010
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This evaluation study, which focused on Objective #2, used student surveys, administered in March and April 2011, to measure West Virginia student learning as a result of their participation, and their perceptions about the program they attended.

Learn and Serve Project Objective #1: 2010 Evaluation Report   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White and Nate Hixson, October 2010
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This report presents the findings from the 2010 evaluation of Learn and Serve Project Objective #1 in WV, which states that 20 teachers trained as Service-Learning teachers were expected to show at least 80% mastery of service‐learning techniques and values, as measured by a survey instrument.

Learn and Serve Program Evaluation Year 2010: Project Objective 3   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White and Nate Hixson, October 2010
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This report presents the findings from the 2010 evaluation of Learn and Serve Project Objective #3 in WV, which states, "at least 10 local sub-grantees will design and implement their own unique service learning projects based on student research of their community needs. These projects will address neighborhood improvement and show collaboration with faith-based and/or community-based organizations." Evaluation of this work consisted of written reports describing research data, planning techniques, objectives, implementation process, results, and reflection.

Supplemental Educational Services in the State of West Virginia: Evaluation Report for 2009-2010   download PDF LinkReport
Andy Whisman, Juan DBrot, Nate Hixson, and Larry J. White, December 2010
Presented in this report are findings of an evaluation of the 2009-2010 supplemental educational services (SES) program in West Virginia, conducted by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), Office of Research. 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 secondary goal of this evaluation was to create a systematic process to assist the WVDE in meeting federal evaluation and monitoring requirements.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: 2007 Annual Evaluation Report   download PDF LinkReport
Larry L. White, 2008
The West Virginia Department of Education has implemented the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), to help establish local community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children to (a) meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; (b) offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and (c) offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. This evaluation consists of a descriptive analysis of the teacher and program director surveys, as well as a compilation of the dose strength data for each of the individual programs.

HI-Y Youth Programs Evaluation 2008 (West Virginia): Model United Nations and Youth in Government (Legislative and Judicial) Programs   download PDF LinkReport
Larry J. White and Nate Hixson, 2008
The Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides funding to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through Learn and Serve-America. As part of Learn and Serve, the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA administers the HI-Y Model United Nations (Model UN) and Youth in Government (Judicial and Legislative) programs to both Ohio and West Virginia Students. This evaluation study used student surveys, administered in March and April 2008, to measure West Virginia student learning as a result of their participation, and their perceptions about the program they attended.