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
MERIT Network - 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)