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K-12 Education Projects
- A TIME for Physics First – This 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF) project is a partnership among the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), and 37 Core Partner school districts. The vision of the project is to prepare Missouri's ninth grade science teachers to become intellectual leaders as they learn to teach a year-long freshman physics course. ARC’s quasi-experimental evaluation was based on ten unique data sources that included student attitude and engagement surveys, a curriculum inventory, state enrollment trend data, and focus groups and interviews of stakeholder and content knowledge data for over 1200 students.
- Balanced Literacy – The Moberly School District implemented the Balanced Literacy Model in three elementary schools. ARC evaluated the implementation fidelity of this program using interviews and focus groups to identify factors that inhibited or facilitated the effective implementation of the model.
- eMINTS – ARC was the outside evaluator for three school districts implementing a Title II.D grant-funded two-year program to help teachers use technology and constructivist practices to improve teaching and student achievement. ARC conducted a customized evaluation for each district using a variety of data sources that included over 750 parent, student, and teacher surveys and over 1200 student achievement and technology assessments.
- No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioned ARC to conduct a 4-year study to learn more about the intended and unintended consequences of NCLB policies on Missouri K-12 education. ARC’s evaluation included 23 focus groups and 8 small group/individual interviews with 14 unique stakeholder groups throughout the state (e.g., teachers, students, school boards, business leaders.) In addition, data was collected and analyzed from seven customized surveys in concert with school/district demographic and performance data.
Higher Education Projects:
- University of Missouri: Statewide Cooperative Ed.D. in Educational Leadership – This innovative, statewide cohort based program strives to develop practitioners who will have a meaningful impact on the most complex educational problems. ARC evaluated and reported annually on the effectiveness of this program over a ten-year period. The study included two end-of-course surveys for six cohorts of 460 students who were then surveyed again one, three, and five years after graduation.
- Lincoln University: A Model for Achieving Success in STEM (AMASS) – This 6-year NSF-funded project aims to improve retention and learning for nontraditional students in STEM majors. ARC’s evaluation included focus groups and surveys of both students and faculty. The analysis examined students’ STEM attitudes along with secondary data on enrollment and number of degrees conferred over a 12-year period.
Other Agency Projects:
- Missouri Master Gardener – This MU Extension program trains hundreds of Missourians in horticultural and environmental stewardship every year. The Association wanted to examine their long-term value and asked ARC to help. The evaluation was based on the surveys of 2,000 Master Gardeners from the past 20 years. ARC also developed course evaluation surveys for use at the end of each course and then one year later in an effort to continually monitor the program’s value.
- Missouri State Library (MOSL) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services helps to fund state libraries, including Missouri libraries, through the Library Service and Technology Act. ARC’s evaluation of these services included two surveys, interviews, and analysis of 300 MOSL-provided data. In addition, the fidelity of implementation was assessed using minutes and interviews.