Since its inception in 2001, OSPI’s Division of School Improvement has regularly contracted with external research firms to evaluate its programs. The primary purposes for program evaluations include:
- Inform improvement efforts at the local, regional and state levels.
- Determine short- and long-term outcomes and overall effectiveness of improvement initiatives.
- Identify improvement processes, tools, and products that can be scaled district-wide, regionally, and state-wide to improve learning, teaching, and leadership.
- Continue OSPI School Improvement’s commitment to transparency in reporting the efforts and impacts of state-level improvement initiatives.
Research firms conducting evaluations include Human Resources Research
Organization (HumRRO), Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now Northwest
Regional Comprehensive Center) and Baker.Evaluation.Research.Consulting (The
Washington's Statewide Improvement Initiative
School Improvement Grantees
Summit District Improvement Initiative
Washington Improvement and Implementation Network or WIIN
School and District Improvement Initiatives
- 2005–2008 District Improvement Assistance Plus: Year Three Synthesis Report (The
BERC Group, 2008—PDF, 64 pages)
- 2005–2008 High School Reform Initiative: Year Three Synthesis Report (The
BERC Group, 2008—PDF, 68 pages)
- 2003–2006 School Improvement Assistance Program (SIAP) Cohort III Evaluation (2003-2006) Final Report (Northwest
Regional Educational Laboratory, 2006—PDF, 102 pages)
- 2002–2005 School Improvement Assistance Program (SIAP) Cohort II Final Evaluation Report (Northwest
Regional Educational Laboratory, 2005—PDF, 69 pages)
- 2001–2004 School Improvement Assistance Program Cohort I Evaluation Report (The
BERC Group, 2004—PDF, 118 pages)