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Building Evidence for a State System of Support: Massachusetts’ Strategy for Improving Low-performing Schools

Northeast & Islands | October 07, 2021

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Time: 3:00-4:30 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Description: In recent years, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has made a significant investment in developing a system for supporting and monitoring its lowest performing schools. DESE engaged REL Northeast & Islands to examine the association between monitoring system ratings and schoolwide student outcomes. This webinar will present findings from the two resulting studies: Relationships Between Schoolwide Instructional Observation Scores and Student Academic Achievement and Growth in Low-Performing Schools in Massachusetts and Relationship Between State Annual School Monitoring Indicators and Outcomes in Massachusetts Low-Performing Schools. The webinar will support other state education agencies and districts in considering elements of a monitoring program and a systemic continuous improvement approach for improving low-performing schools.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Massachusetts School Turnaround Research Partnership

Audience: This webinar is intended for state education agency staff and their stakeholders in the REL Northeast & Islands region and nationally.

Speakers: Dr. Susan Therriault, Massachusetts School Turnaround Research Partnership Lead and Researcher, AIR Erica Champagne, Presenter, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Jingtong Pan, REL Northeast & Islands Researcher, AIR

Report Citation: Theriault, S. B., Walston, J., Li, Y., & Pan, J. (2020). Relationships between schoolwide instructional observation scores and student academic achievement and growth in low-performing schools in Massachusetts (REL 2020–026). U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands.

Pan, J., Walston, J., & Therriault, S. (2021). Relationship between state annual school monitoring indicators and outcomes in Massachusetts low-performing schools (REL 2021–085). U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands.

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