Ed.gov asked for advice on evaluations that could make a difference. They are seeking input on four questions:
- What are the most critical P-12 questions that are still unanswered?
- How could answering these questions provide information that could be used by schools, districts, and States to improve student outcomes for all students and/or particular groups of students?
- What type of study could answer these questions and produce findings that are reliable and generalizable?
- What implications would these findings have for existing practices, policies, and federal programs? Please mention the specific practices, policies, and programs by name if possible.
- Study next gen schools to demonstrate efficacy of blended, personalized, and competency-based learning environments compared to traditional schools (see summary of recent Rand study).
- Study of the benefits and importance of stable and effective governance (districts, networks, and charter schools).
- Conduct correlation studies between leading formative assessments that yield comparable growth rates (see feature).
- Evaluate alternative certification programs to further demonstrate efficacy compared to traditional degree programs. Include new competency-based programs (WGU, Relay GSE).
- Update the 2010 online learning study.
- Study the benefits of adaptive learning (eg, Dreambox, i-Ready, Reasoning Mind, ALEKS).
- Confirm the benefits of visual game-based ST Math in 12 citywide initiatives.
- Assess the role of personalized and flexible pathways (and the impact of related policy) in preparing students for college and career; focus on impact of dual enrollment, online course access, early college high school, and articulated programs.
- Study the most effective ways to educate and engage parents about the options that exist for their students and how to enrich learning beyond the school day.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of technology to serve students with special needs.
MIND Research Institute, DreamBox Learning and Curriculum Associates are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners.