March 17, 2009 - 2:18pm
desk and man.jpg Educational data systems, long relegated to as a low priority in school districts and states, are now set to receive $250 million in federal stimulus funding. Educational experts and President Barack Obama’s new emphasis on data systems say that the increased funding means that it is time for states and districts to take the next step: figuring out how to use the information they collect on student performance to improve student achievement.
March 5, 2009 - 3:10pm
President Barack Obama has now signed into law the $787 billion economic stimulus package that includes $115 billion to public education. This amount is nearly double the U.S. Department of Education’s entire $59.2 billion discretionary budget for fiscal 2009. The $115 billion appropriation to education includes $5 billion that is under the control of the U.S. Secretary of Education to give to states as bonus grants for meeting key performance measures in education.
February 16, 2009 - 2:45pm
ed-news-color.gif A recent study released by Mathamatica Policy Research finds that students who have teachers certified through alternative-training programs do no worse in mathematics or reading achievement than students whose teachers have been certified by traditional teacher education programs.
January 22, 2009 - 2:36pm
With just over one week left in my sabbatical, I am racing through as much reading as I can, and have been riveted by December's American Journal of Evaluation. It starts, as each volume does, with the guiding principles for evaluators. These six principles guide our work and the work of all evaluators. Several of the subsequent articles explore how the final guiding principle is dependent on each of the others.
December 17, 2008 - 3:59pm
By Leah Greetings from my sabbatical! From Dec. 15-January 31, I am catching up on the mountain of "that looks interesting" reading that has been piling up on my desk for... years. My goal is to learn new approaches in planning, evaluation and research that our clients can benefit from.
November 26, 2008 - 1:29pm
Leah at AEMDD 2008.jpg Presenter Leah Goldstein Moses - The Improve Group
November 20, 2008 - 9:30am
Researchers at the University of Vanderbilt have recently released a new checklist, the “Test Accessibility and Modification Inventory,” to assist test creators in creating “accessible” tests that can measure content area knowledge for students with disabilities and those that are mastering English.
October 22, 2008 - 8:51am

At The Improve Group, we work with surveys and survey data nearly every day. Surveys are a great method for reaching a large audience in a cost-effective manner, but they also have their drawbacks. The people you’re interested in reaching are not always motivated to take the survey and return it back to you.

June 16, 2008 - 2:19pm
eric, liz and steve worthington 2.JPG It’s good to be back home after some exciting site visits! Eric, Liz and Steve spent last week in the southwestern corner of Minnesota in Pipestone and Rock Counties. Leah joined them on Thursday to finish off the week in Nobles County.

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