Evaluating K-12 Improvement

Our evaluation activities focus on initiatives designed to improve K-12 education. These programs span many topics including co-teaching, mentoring for new special education teachers, tertiary behavior supports, secondary transition, and integrated statewide systems of professional development for teachers. We strive to provide customized, utilization-focused evaluation for each project by employing mixed-methods approaches to measure knowledge gain, improvement in student outcomes, fidelity of implementation, quality of professional development, and other applicable variables.

We have drawn on previous research as well as our own experiences to develop several tools for the process of K-12 evaluation. These tools include the School Implementation Scale, the High-Quality Professional Development Checklist, the Coaching Observation Checklist, and the Team Functioning Scale. You can find these and additional measures under the Tools tab in the navigation.

Three of our current projects draw primarily upon our capacity for K-12 evaluation:

The Kansas State Professional Development Grant (SPDG) External Evaluation tracks the effectiveness of professional development, fidelity of implementation, and outcomes of three separate initiatives focused on: (1) early career special educator mentoring, (2) evidence-based instructional practices within co-taught classrooms, and (3) tertiary behavioral supports. These initiatives focus on sustained professional development designed to support educators to implement evidence-based instructional practices within a multi-tiered system of supports. Each initiative involves educators from all grade levels. To learn more about the Kansas SPDG evaluation, please visit the project page.

The Missouri State Professional Development Grant (SPDG) External Evaluation evaluates evidence-based professional development to teachers throughout the state by utilizing a multi-level online evaluation data system. The professional development learning packages were developed collaboratively by Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) consultants from across the state; learning packages span a variety of effective teaching practices as well as building/district-level strategies such as common formative assessment and data-based decision making. To learn more about the Missouri SPDG evaluation, please visit the project page.

The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) provides technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices. Through collaboration among approximately 20 professional development projects, TASN delivers training, coaching, and technical assistance in effective practices across the state. The wide variety of training topics range from the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports to strategies for increasing family engagement.