|Title:||Develop and Improve the Edlnstruments Library|
|Principal Investigator:||Loeb, Susanna||Awardee:||Brown University|
|Program:||Unsolicited and Other Awards [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||2 years (09/01/2020 – 08/31/2022)||Award Amount:||$485,407.47|
|Type:||Other Goal||Award Number:||R305U200008|
This project is jointly funded by the National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research.
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to develop, expand, refine, critique, improve, and disseminate EdInstruments, an open-source library of education-relevant measurement tools launched by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. EdInstruments provides information on instruments used to measure students' academic content knowledge, as well as a range of additional capabilities (knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions) that help students thrive. In addition, EdInstruments provides information on instruments measuring educational processes in schools, homes and neighborhoods that contribute to student development. The database aims to be easily searchable and to provide users with overviews of measurements across educational domains that identify promising instruments and holes in current instrument availability.
The repository is intended to be a resource for scholars, educators, schools, districts and the general public. While a number of repositories provide domain-specific instruments, no other resource provides the full range of education measures. To date, the field of education research has demonstrated little agreement or consistency on how to define, measure, and organize the variety of outcomes relevant for improving educational opportunities for students. Without a comprehensive catalog of what is available, the field has lacked a collective understanding of what is and isn't being measured, and what measures still need to be developed. Further, researchers often create measurement tools from scratch rather than building on existing measures, impeding comparability of studies that may target the same goals and hindering progress in the field.
EdInstruments aims to support education improvement by addressing these issues. The annotated database both gives users a detailed overview of the tools currently available and illuminates gaps. The goal is to spur development of needed tools and to help the field move towards greater consensus regarding the measurement instruments that are most useful and reliable. Ultimately, EdInstruments aims to become the default resource for researchers and others embarking on a wide variety of assessments.
Project Activities: During the project, the EdInstruments team expanded and refined instruments included in the repository in six domains: middle grades mathematics, a subdomain of social-emotional learning, early elementary reading, teaching practices, civics, and school climate. The EdInstruments team collaborated with academic experts in each of these areas to critique the components and organization of the library, highlight the most useful instruments and propose improvements, and write accompanying white papers synthesizing key aspects of the high-quality measurements selected for EdInstruments.
Publications and Products
Products: The key outcomes for the project are the expanded and refined database of instruments; the online platform for easy engagement with the database; and five white papers.
Project Website: https://EdInstruments.com%3c/a%3e%3c/p]https://EdInstruments.com
Publications from this project:
Meyer, K., Allen, K., Anderman, L., Brady, S., Gopalan, M., & Reschly, A. (In press). Considerations for use of school belonging assessments. EdInstruments Brief, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University.
Ronfeldt, M., & Truwit, M. (2023). Considerations for use of teaching quality measures. EdInstruments Brief, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University. https://edinstruments.com/resources/considerations-use-teaching-quality-measures
Savage, C. (2022). Considerations for use of early grades reading assessments. EdInstruments Brief, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University. https://edinstruments.com/resources/early-grades-reading-assessments
Savage, C. (2022). Considerations for use of middle grades mathematics assessments. EdInstruments Brief, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University. https://edinstruments.com/resources/middle-grades-mathematics-assessments
Torney-Purta, J., & Amadeo, J. (2023). Considerations for use of civics assessment instruments. EdInstruments Brief, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University. https://edinstruments.com/resources/considerations-use-civics-assessment-instruments