Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
We serve education stakeholders in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Our work is a combination of (a) research partnerships with states, districts, and charter schools and (b) direct responses to requests from the public. Our goal is to help Mid-Atlantic stakeholders access and use high quality research so that they are armed with the evidence they need to make decisions about educational policy and practice.
The research alliances for the Mid-Atlantic region are:
- Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECERA) — is focused on data-driven approaches to help SEAs, LEAs, charter schools, and institutions of higher education address early childhood education issues. The alliance provides a wide range of technical assistance to partners to ensure that young children are ready for school.
- Mid-Atlantic Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Completion Research Alliance (HBCURA) — is a group of postsecondary administrators and faculty focused on issues related to supporting the persistence and graduation efforts of college students. The aim of the HBCURA is to use data-driven approaches to help alliance partners examine current retention policies and practices, consider how they are evaluated, and find ways that the REL can assist in evaluating and improving student support programs.
- Principal Effectiveness Research Alliance (PERA) — is a group of State and local education agencies, and other stakeholders focused on issues related to the effectiveness of school leaders. The aim is to use data-driven approaches to help alliance partners better understand principal effectiveness and improve the quality of their principal evaluations by using multiple empirically sound measures.
- Professional Learning Research Alliance (PLRA) — is focused on data-driven approaches to help SEAs, LEAs, charter schools, and institutions of higher education increase their knowledge of achieving an effective professional learning environment. Through changing teaching and classroom practices, the PLRA provides a wide range of technical assistance to partners to ensure that schools are cultivating professional education to improve student achievement.
- Rural Student College Readiness Research Alliance (RSCRRA) — is focused on data-driven approaches to help SEAs, LEAs, charter schools, and institutions of higher education address rural education issues. The alliance provides a wide range of technical assistance to partners to support the goal of ensuring that rural students receive a high quality education that prepares them for postsecondary education or career training.
- School Completion and Engagement Research Alliance (SCERA) — is focused on data-driven approaches to help SEAs, LEAs, charter schools, and institutions of higher education address the dual goals of reducing dropout and increasing on-time graduation rates among students. The research alliance provides a wide range of technical assistance to alliance partners to ensure that students — particularly those at-risk of dropping out — are college- and career-ready.
- Teacher Effectiveness Research Alliance (TERA) — is a group of SEAs, LEAs, charter schools, and other stakeholders focused on issues relating to evaluating teachers. The aim is to use data-driven approaches to help alliance partners improve the quality of their teacher evaluations, using multiple high-quality measures.
ICF International works with policymakers and providers in early childhood and K–12 educators to support the development and implementation of programs and policies for positive student and teacher outcomes. Our experts employ rigorous research, mixed-method evaluation, and evidence-based technical assistance to ensure education providers are equipped with the information they need to make decisions related to teaching and learning. ICF has been a partner in REL Mid-Atlantic since 2006. Our projects in the Mid-Atlantic region include the Reform Support Network, the DC Pre-K Incentive Program, the New Jersey Math-Science Partnership Program Evaluation, and Region III of the Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Center.
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Partners / Subcontractors
- Chesapeake Research Associates
- JDJ Associates Research & Consulting
- Mathematica Policy Research
- Phil Mackey Associates
- Rutgers University, Center for Effective School Practices
- University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education