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Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships and Kindergarten Entry Assessments

Friday, March 2, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

2018 Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Spring Conference
Washington, D.C.


This panel will include presentations on three different researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that worked with state and local education agencies to build their capacity around using data from kindergarten entry assessments. The first presentation is about an RPP that worked with stakeholders in Alaska to contextualize their decisionmaking by providing information about what is happening nationally. The second presentation is about an RPP in Illinois that is working with stakeholders to plan for appropriate uses of data in its first year of mandating statewide assessment. Finally, the third presentation is from an RPP that took place in Pennsylvania and highlights strategies used for communicating complex information on psychometric properties of data to stakeholders.

Partnership: Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance


  • Jill Bowdon, Ph.D., Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Ashley Pierson, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Education Northwest
  • Katie Dahlke, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research