Evaluating the Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) Professional Development Program
Funder: National Science Foundation
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) Curriculum Enhancement
RIT and TERC are adapting the established ECS curriculum to make it accessible to high school students with visual impairments. TERC’s evaluation monitors student engagement and participation in an on-line community of visually impaired students, and changes in their computer science knowledge and skill compared with sighted students.
Geniverse develops and studies the use of innovative, interactive computer-based materials in high school biology/genetics courses. TERC’s evaluation describes teacher implementation, factors expected to mediate student outcomes, and provides formative feedback on PD, game materials, and research models.
High-Adventure Science develops and researches the classroom impact of computer models and middle and high school curricular materials about Earth’s systems and human-earth interactions. TERC's evaluation provides formative data on teacher implementation to refine curriculum, mapping tools, and professional development supports; supports staff in tracking progress; and will provide summative evaluation of how level and quality of teacher implementation to determine how it moderates student learning outcomes.
Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards (IMPS)
Client: Education Development Center (EDC)
IMPS is creating dialogs, classroom tasks, and other materials as well as professional development supports to help teachers understand and implement the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. TERC evaluation coordinates expert review of materials, and evaluates impact of the teacher professional development and website distribution of the materials.
Indiana Science Initiative (ISI)
The Indiana Science Initiative systemically reforms K-8 science education in Indiana through professional development to support scaffolded guided inquiry, while providing teachers with well-stocked, research-based science kits aligned with state standards. TERC’s summative evaluation describes the ISI PD experience and how it influences kit use and teaching efficacy during the school year. Using a quasi-experimental design it compares student achievement gains on specific science tests as well as I-STEP science, literacy, and mathematics.
Levels of Conceptual Understanding in Statistics (LOCUS)
LOCUS uses evidence-centered design (ECD) techniques to develop a rigorous assessment of conceptual understanding of statistics for middle and high school students and their teachers. TERC evaluators support rigor in the development process and evaluate dissemination efforts.