Center on Research & Evaluation

Research Projects

Research Projects

The Middle School Intervention Project: The purpose of the Middle School Intervention Project (MSIP), funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, is to evaluate a multi-component intervention for middle school students who are well below grade level in reading achievement. These struggling readers received reading and school engagement interventions in middle school and data on a variety of academic and behavior outcomes are being collected through their 10th grade year to evaluate the long-term impact of the interventions. The project is implemented in 6 school districts in the Pacific Northwest and involves between 30 and 50 schools (depending on the intervention year), and approximately 7,000 students.

Early Math Project: This project is being funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and has two primary purposes.  The first is to test the efficacy of a fully developed, two-year pre-kindergarten (PreK Mathematics) and Kindergarten (Early Learning in Mathematics) mathematics intervention for economically disadvantaged students. The second purpose of the project is to provide evidence of the educational meaningfulness of the intervention beyond calculating the effect sized obtained in the randomized controlled trial (RCT). The project is being implemented in several school districts in central California and includes approximately 1,000 students.

i3 Early Math Project: This project is being funded by the Department for Innovation in Implementation within the U.S. Department of Education. Preschool classrooms will be randomly assigned to treatment or control conditions and in classroom approximately 10 students will be randomly selected to participate in the analytic sample. The research will investigate the effectiveness of a two-year mathematics intervention for pre-kindergarten and (b) close the mathematics achievement gap between at-risk students and other students, (c) examine the long-term impact of the intervention on students' mathematics achievement in first grade, and, (d) reduce the number of children who require special education for mathematical difficulties.  The project is implemented on a state-wide scale throughout California.