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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Exploratory Research Brief on Student Achievement and Referral Rates in Response to Intervention Demonstration Sites   download PDF LinkReport
Larry White, Nate Hixson, Lanai Jennings, and Jason Perdue, 2009
The purpose of this examination was twofold: (a) to determine the initial impact of the Response to Intervention (RTI) program on the WESTEST 2 Reading/Language Arts achievement of students enrolled in RTI demonstration schools; and (b) to examine the referral rates for RTI demonstration schools relative to K-5 comparison districts.

Creating 21st Century Elementary Mathematics Classrooms: Evaluation Report   download PDF LinkReport
West Virginia Department of Education, 2008
The purpose of the Creating 21st Century Elementary Mathematics Classrooms grant was to provide elementary teachers with an overview of the components of a 21st century inquiry-based mathematics classroom and to increase the participants' content knowledge of mathematics. The Benedum Foundation in conjunction with the Payne Family Foundation funded this sustained professional development program for 86 elementary education teachers. This study used a teacher survey and a pre/post teacher knowledge test.