Adding Value to the Mathematics and Science Partnership Evaluations


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Meyer, R.H. (2001). An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Urban Systemic Initiative and other academic reforms in Texas: Statistical models for analyzing large-scale datasets. Report prepared for the National Science Foundation. Madison: Wisconsin Center for Education Research. 

 

The paper stems from the analysis of a large-scale data set consisting of all students tested as part of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) as a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of the Urban Systemic Initiative (USI) as well as general academic reforms in Texas between 1994 and 2000.  Both a micro-level of analysis (focusing on student achievement data) and a macro-level analysis (focusing on districts) is employed.  By using two scales (the Texas Learning Index and the Rasch scale), Meyer finds that conclusions regarding the effectiveness of systemic reform initiatives are sensitive to the scale used to measure them. 


 

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