Free Webinar: How States, Districts, and REL Mid-Atlantic Partner to Create New Diagnostic Measures Using Existing Data

Apr 02, 2020 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The amount of data available to states and school districts has exploded, creating new opportunities to develop measures that can be used at the student, educator, school, and system levels. But most states lack the capacity and resources to take full advantage of their data for diagnosis and improvement.

This webinar highlights three research-to-practice partnerships between state and local policymakers and the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic to address this challenge, connecting educators and policymakers with researchers who provide analytic support and help education agencies build capacity to conduct their own analyses:

  • A study with the School District of Philadelphia to use kindergarten entry assessments and third-grade state assessments to identify a threshold on the kindergarten assessment that predicts the proportion of students who will be proficient in reading by the end of third grade
  • Support for the District of Columbia Public Schools to use student survey data to develop a measure of the percentage of students who are “loved, challenged, and prepared,” in support of one of the district’s strategic goals
  • A study with the Maryland State Department of Education to assess the viability of using the state’s kindergarten entry assessment to create a school-level student growth measure for grades K to 3, in support of enhancing the robustness of the state’s school accountability measures

This webinar is for superintendents and assistant superintendents, state and local education agency staff, principals, and others interested in research-to-practice partnerships. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You can also ask the presenters questions during the webinar’s question and answer session.

Presenters include:

  • Chris Boccanfuso, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jessica Harding and Mariesa Herrmann, Mathematica and REL Mid-Atlantic
  • Dallas Dotter, Mathematica and REL Mid-Atlantic
  • Tim Kautz and Kathleen Feeney, Mathematica and REL Mid-Atlantic