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Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER)
Science

The Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) professional development program for implementing inquiry-based science curricula has no discernable effects on general science achievement for students in grades 3 to 8 compared with business-as-usual science instruction.
The Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) program is intended to build capacity for implementing inquiry-based science curricula in schools and districts. When participating in LASER, school or district teams attend leadership development institutes to plan the implementation of inquiry-based science curricula. These school or district teams receive support for key aspects of implementation such as professional development for teachers, access to instructional materials, and support for selecting appropriate assessments. LASER also helps schools and districts partner with scientists, science educators, and local business and community leaders who can promote and further support the implementation of inquiry-based science instruction.

Findings

1
study that met standards out of
2
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Science achievement No discernible effects 3-8 --

Last Updated: September 2021

Race

Asian
2%
Black
19%
Native American
3%
White
31%
Not specified
46%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
44%

Gender

Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

59%

English Learners

English Learners icon
18%
Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica under contract WWC-OREGANO-91990018C0009.

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