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- Early childhood education and special education
- Longitudinal measurement of child outcomes
- Measurement of classroom quality and instructional practices
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- Early Childhood
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Sally Atkins-Burnett is an expert in longitudinal measurement of child outcomes, measurement of classroom quality and instructional practices, and early childhood education and special education.
An expert in studying early childhood programs, she is principal investigator on the Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Studies in Los Angeles County and has played a key role in many large-scale national studies, including the Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2006 and 2009), Early Childhood Longitudinal Study–Kindergarten Class of 1997–98 (ECLS-K), and Chicago Program Evaluation Project.
Her expertise includes national random assignment studies in early elementary schools, such as the Evaluation of Mathematics Curricula. She consulted on the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study–Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), and the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS), a study of preschool children with disabilities, and has worked on special education projects for the What Works Clearinghouse.
Atkins-Burnett, who joined Mathematica in 2006, is the author of numerous publications and presentations about screening, assessment, and children with disabilities, as well as co-author of the ECLS-K Psychometric Manuals. She holds a Ph.D. in early childhood special education from the University of Michigan.
Improving Practice: The Study of Coaching Practices in Early Care and Education (SCOPE)
This study aims to move the field toward consensus on the core features of coaching for teachers and caregivers in early childhood education.
Measurement Development: Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers
Mathematica developed a new measure to assess the quality of caregiver-child interactions for infants and toddlers in nonparental care. The measure can be used across child care settings, including center‐based and family child care settings, as well as single- and mixed-age classrooms.
Using Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood Education: Assessing Methods and Developing an Evidence-Based Model
This study involved designing a multi-method measure to understand how teachers implement and use ongoing assessment to individualize instruction.
Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Study (UPCOS)
The Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) was created to increase the number of preschool slots available in the most underserved Los Angeles' communities. Since 2007, Mathematica has conducted this study to provide descriptive information about the diverse population LAUP serves.
Mathematica Appoints New Senior Fellows
Mathematica is pleased to announce the appointment of two new senior fellows, Sally Atkins-Burnett and Carol Irvin, nationally recognized experts in program evaluation and policy analysis. Their contributions to public policy research continuously help us inform policy and program decisions.