A research alliance is a group of regional stakeholders who share a specific education concern. The stakeholders agree to work together to learn more about the concern to be able to make sound decisions to improve education outcomes.
The goal of this research alliance is to support Central Region decision makers in their use of statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) and other data sources to assess teacher preparation programs. Teacher Preparation Research Alliance participants include state education agency (SEA) staff who oversee the development and use of SLDS, other SEA staff who oversee related policy and practice (such as teacher certification and professional development), state policymakers who oversee policy and practice in higher education, and representatives of teacher preparation programs [(all REL Central states)]. (Researchers from the Kansas City Area Education Research consortium will also be included.)
|REL Central designed this Research Alliance to support the use of statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) and other sources to assess the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs, which has been identified as a priority in most region states. Assessment of teacher preparation programs, models, and delivery strategies (e.g., curricula, course requirements, patterns of coursework, course delivery modes, supports, pre-service teaching experiences) responds to a growing need in the region and beyond to identify effective programs and practices. Program assessment data can also provide information to teacher preparation programs that can help them improve their curricula, recruitment efforts, and clinical experiences, and understand how their graduates are performing in the field.|
| Research Alliance Questions
Two descriptive study activities are proposed for 2012, designed to address the following research questions:
- The teacher preparation, teacher practices, student outcomes relationship in special education: Missing links and next steps
- The Gateway to the Profession: Assessing Teacher Preparation Programs Based on Student Achievement
- Teacher quality and student achievement: Making the most of recent research.
- Teacher preparation and student achievement, working paper 20
- Student teaching in the United States
- National Board certification and teacher effectiveness: Evidence from a random assignment experiment
- CCSSR: A New Model for the Role of Research in Supporting Urban School Reform
- An evaluation of teachers trained through different routes to certification, Final report
- Achieving with data: How high-performing school systems use data to improve instruction for elementary students
- What teacher preparation programs teach about K-12 assessment: A review.
Research Alliance Information flyer
REL Central Contact
Stephen J. Meyer, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate