Use Data Effectively

2015
National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies Press

“Engaging Schools” reviews research on engagement, motivation, and learning and examines changes that can be made to instruction, assessment, school climate and composition, out of school opportunities, vocational education, and community connections to increase student motivation to learn in urban high schools. The authors conclude that engagement results when challenging but attainable...

2015
Connell, J.P., Institute of Research and Reform in Education

What constitutes a good school, a successful school district, a state where students are eight principles and examples of how schools, districts and state departments of education can rethink and retool their measures of education quality? Our president, Dr. James Connell, argues that current approaches rely too much on comparing students, teachers and schools and fail to describe the actual...

2013
Institute for Research and Reform in Education

Summary of Professional Development, Technical Supports and Costs

2009
Institute for Research and Reform in Education

This publication provides an overview IRRE's Doing What Matters (DWM) project. DWM is a partnership between IRRE and two districts in Texas to provide new data technology, technical assistance and professional development supports to strengthen data reporting systems, engage in a proven process of data-driven dialogue; and develop specific improvement strategies to increase student performance...

2009
Institute for Research and Reform in Education

This publication provides an overview of the tools, supports, and activities that are part of IRRE's Measuring What Matters (MWM).  MWM is a continuous improvement system that includes data collection, analysis and reporting tools developed by IRRE staff and consultants around effective practices to support each of First Things First’s implementation strategies: personalized learning...

2000
Connell, J.P., & Klem, A.M., Journal of Educational and Psychological Consulting

“You Can Get There from Here” presents a theory of change approach to planning educational reform initiatives with a focus on district level efforts.

Using examples from ongoing work with urban school districts, the authors begin from the idea that a theory of change approach “helps make plans for urban education more sensible—more grounded in current research, in...

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