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  1. Educational Research and Statistics EDRS 5305 Spring 2003

  2. Why study educational research and statistics? • Differences between research and evaluation • Differences between Formal Educational Research, Action Research, and Casual Approach

  3. Why study educational research and statistics? • Only way to make rational choices between alternative practices • Validates educational improvements • Is a stable foundation of effective practices

  4. Who Should do Research? • It is most relevant when it builds upon and involves the people directly affected. • There is external research in the schools • But, local school needs are often neglected. • Need to identify problems, set goals, formulate plans, gather data, analyze outcomes, and reach conclusions.

  5. What is Action-Based Research? • Action Research • Develops new skills or new approaches and solves problems with direct application to the classroom or other applied setting

  6. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) • “These reforms express my deep belief in our public schools and their mission to build the mind and character of every child, from every background, in every part of America.” • President George W. Bush • January 2001

  7. NCLB • Framework for bipartisan education reform • The “cornerstone of my Administration” • Emphasized his deep belief in our public schools • Concern that “too many of our neediest children are being left behind”

  8. NCLB (cont.) • Increased Accountability • More Choices for Parents and Students • Greater Flexibility for States, School Districts, and Schools • Reading First

  9. Diagnosing Educational Needs • NCLB requires ten schoolwide components: • Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment • Implement schoolwide reform strategies that are scientifically based • Provide instruction by highly qualified staff • Provide high quality on-going professional development

  10. Diagnosing Educational Needs • Provide strategies to attract highly qualified teachers to high needs schools • Utilize strategies to increase parental involvement • Ensure smooth transition for students • Include teachers in decisions regarding the use of assessments

  11. Diagnosing Educational Needs • Implement a plan to ensure that all students master the challenging state achievement standards and state academic assessments • Coordinate and integrate federal, state, and local services and programs