News Archive May 2010

May 18, 2010

IRRE Director of Research blogs on effective use of data

IRRE Director of Research, Dr. William Moore recently contributed to the American Evaluation Association's aea365 blog. In his post, Dr. Moore outlines the “building blocks” of IRRE’s approach to creating the foundation for a data-driven culture. You can read the blog here: and to learn more about IRRE’s approach to using data effective to drive improvement click here.

May 1, 2010

To convert or to replace struggling high schools?

IRRE’s latest analytic paper is raising eyebrows. Written by IRRE president Jim Connell, Apples to Apples: Ways to Compare Replacement and Conversion Approaches to High School Turnaround suggests we can quantify differences between turnaround approaches that vary along several continua: selectivity of students and staff, rate of implementation, the impact on students system-wide, and rates of student success on common metrics. One education expert hailed the paper as “exactly what we need.” Another expert panned it, saying, “Any effort to quantify these comparisons risks making the situation worse.