Past Projects

GISD Technology Literacy Grant
July 31, 2001

Evaluation Plan for the Genesee County Intermediate School District Technology Literacy Grant

American Association for the Advancement of Science Project 2061
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science/NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate
July 15, 2001 - September 30, 2005

This subcontract with the American Association for the Advancement of Science was funded by a continuing grant from the National Science Foundation. AAAS Project 2061 developed materials that primarily were disseminated to curriculum developers. The materials were expected to help developers understand and employ better approaches to facilitate student understanding of basic science concepts and help students and teachers see linkages (strands) among the wide array of science/math topics.

Kellogg Summer Institute
June 30, 2001

The Kellogg Summer Institute in Evaluation fostered the development of evaluation expertise in Latin America through the training of a group of professionals affiliated with institutions that had the potential to establish education programs in evaluation in Latin America.

Pennsylvania Charter Schools
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
April 12, 2001 - September 30, 2003

The Center conducted two separate evaluations for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In the first phase of work, the staff conducted an initial study that included the first 31 charter schools operating in the state. The purpose of the initial study was twofold: (1) to provide constructive feedback to charter schools to help them implement improvements before the charters came up for renewal and (2) to provide feedback to state policymakers so that improvements could be made in the legislative and regulatory framework. Following the initial study, the Center conducted a three-year follow-up, which encompassed the legislatively mandated summative evaluation. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through surveys, interviews, document review, focus groups, direct observation, and case studies. Additionally, gains on the state assessment test were analyzed and compared with local districts and comparison schools. Results from the project provided the legislature with information to determine if the charter school movement was meeting its statutory objectives.

Rural Systemic Initiative
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jerry Horn
April 1, 2001 - December 31, 2004

The Evaluation Center evaluated the National Science Foundation’s Rural Systemic Initiative program, which sought to stimulate systemwide educational reform of science, mathematics, and technology in rural, economically disadvantaged regions of the nation. The evaluation operationalized and validated the drivers of educational systemic reform identified by NSF, showed how context influenced the indicator systems, and suggested how modifications taking contextual factors into account could make the RSI program successful.

Kalamazoo United Way
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Sanders
December 31, 2000

This project produced an evaluation manual to be used within the Greater Kalamazoo community as a guide for using evaluation in community organizations. A newsletter and technical assistance in evaluation were also being provided to community nonprofit organizations to enable them to develop their evaluation capacity.

Kalamazoo Nonprofit Capacity Coalition
December 31, 2000

Provide technical assistance to the Nonprofit Capacity Coalition

Development of Personnel Evaluation Standards
October 1, 2000

Revision of Personnel Evaluation Standards  

Development of Student Evaluation Standards
September 30, 2000

Reforming the way decisions are made about students  

Cleveland Charter Schools
Sponsor: Ohio Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
August 1, 2000 - June 30, 2005

The Evaluation Center conducted a qualitative study of four charter schools in Cleveland, Ohio, that are sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation. During the three-year project, the Center addressed a variety of research questions related to the charter schools as well as their impact on local public schools and communities. As part of the project, Center staff provided technical assistance to strengthen the accountability plans of the participating charter schools and to develop their capacity to use evaluation to improve their operation and instruction.

Best Practices of Technology Integration
July 31, 2000

Evaluation of the Technology Literacy Challenge Grant awarded to the Great Lakes Education Network  

Calhoun II Capacity Building
June 30, 2000

Management support of nonprofit agencies in Calhoun County.  

Michigan Charter Schools
Sponsor: Michigan Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
June 30, 2000 - July 15, 2002

The Evaluation Center evaluated the charter school initiative in Michigan through a project sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education. Fifty-one schools were visited, and various types of school-specific data were collected from each of them. Data and information from authorizing agencies, management companies, MDE officials, and representatives of traditional public schools and intermediate school districts were collected.

Evaluation of the Edison Project
Sponsor: The Edison Project
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
June 30, 2000

The Evaluation Center examined the impact of The Edison Project schools on student learning. The Edison Project, one of the largest educational management organizations that operates public schools in the U.S., manages 51 contract and charter schools in 12 states. The study focused on 12 schools that had been operated by The Edison Project for at least 3 years. Center researchers evaluated existing research and evaluated on the impact of Edison schools, comparing student achievement at Edison schools with state and national norms and local district schools, and developing and analyzing case studies for each of the 12 Edison schools examined.

CREATE Publications
June 30, 2000

Continue dissemination of CREATE publications.

Illinois Charter Schools
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
February 29, 2000 - June 29, 2002

The effectiveness of charter schools for the Illinois State Board of Education was evaluated. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through surveys, interviews, document review, focus groups, and case studies. Gains in test scores on standardized tests were analyzed and compared with local districts, comparison schools, and others to determine if future policy changes were needed.

Sponsor: AccessMichigan/Michigan Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate
January 7, 2000 - July 30, 2000

AccessMichigan was a collaborative project of Michigan libraries to create a digital information environment that would offer every resident of the state equitable and easy-to-use access to a core set of information sources. A Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Education was used by AccessMichigan to purchase three full-text databases for K-9 students. The Evaluation Center evaluated the K-9 database project through a survey of personnel at public libraries and school library media centers and case studies of six school library media centers.

California State University Charter School of Education
Sponsor: California State University
December 8, 1999 - April 30, 1999

The Evaluation Center conducted an external evaluation of the Charter School of Education (CSOE) at California State University, the nation’s first and only charter school of education. The evaluation was designed to provide an external analysis of CSOE’s progress in meeting its goals and to inform decisions regarding continuation or institutionalization of the charter.

Kamehameha Schools’ Successful Schools for Hawaiians Study
Sponsor: Hawaii Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn and Dr. Gary Miron
January 1, 1999 - March 30, 2008

The Successful Schools for Hawaiians Study (SSHS) was a large-scale, mixed-method, multicase study conducted to examine school-level factors that influence academic achievement and performance of Native Hawaiian students in public schools in the state of Hawai’i. The study particularly focused on school-level instructional strategies, curricula, and policies that distinguished more successful schools from less successful schools in terms of their Native Hawaiian students’ academic performance. Individual schools were compared using cross-case techniques intended to identify the “success” factors present and operating in the schools sampled. The cross-case strategy was used, not only to make comparisons within like cases (i.e., within low growth schools and within high growth schools), but also between dislike cases (i.e., low and high growth schools). The results of the study concluded that successful schools were those that could be characterized as having collaborative school governance structures; that linked decision structures to data; that had a well-established, dedicated teaching force; that had focused learning communities; that had strong, engaged leaders; that shared accountability for their students’ learning; that were committed to continuous learning; and that provided effective supplementary and after-school programming.

Environmental Education and Training Partnership
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Principal Investigator: Dr. Craig Russon
December 1, 1996 - March 31, 2001

The Evaluation Center evaluated the work of the Environmental Education and Training Program (EETAP), a comprehensive collaborative of more than 12 professional organizations and agencies in the field of environmental education. EETAP was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of advancing knowledge and understanding of environmental education, developing synergistic activities among partners, and focusing attention on traditionally underserved educators and students in environmental education.

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