Program Evaluation

Illustrative Projects

EVALUATION OF THE COLLEGE READINESS FIELD TEST ASSIGNMENTS (CRAFT)

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

The ERC conducted a statewide evaluation of the effectiveness of the College Readiness Assignments—project-based assignments based on the College and Career Readiness Standards. These standards were designed to assist students in achieving college readiness. Systematic classroom observations, interviews and surveys were used to examine three program components: planning, design, implementation and management of the field-testing of the CRAs; the partnerships between public institutions of higher education and public schools, and the implementation of professional development for the CRAs.

EVALUATION OF THE MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY TEACHER PREPARATION (MSTTP) ACADEMIES

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

The ERC conducted a program evaluation of the Math, Science and Technology Teacher Preparation (MSTTP) Academies, funded by the THECB. Researchers from the ERC developed rubrics, surveys, and evaluation protocols to collect and examine data related to 19 MSTTP Academies at 15 different universities (e.g., University of Texas, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Texas at Tyler). The academies were established with the goal of increasing the quantity and quality of mathematics, science, and technology teachers in Texas.

EVALUATION OF THE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS INITIATIVES (CCRI) FACULTY COLLABORATIVES

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

The CCRI Faculty Collaboratives evaluation project contains a series of sub-studies examining the effectiveness of workshops and symposia conducted by the collaboratives along with evaluation of overall impact of the collaboratives on faculty members participating in the events. Through this project, the ERC has explored issues of professional development for higher education faculty and on the reform of college teaching and educator preparation as it relates to the College and Career Readiness Initiative. Methods include case studies, event observations, surveys at the events, surveys following the events, and follow-up phone interviews of faculty participants. The ERC designed the evaluation methods and has reported to the THECB on progress of the CCRI by the faculty collaboratives.

The CCRI Faculty Collaboratives are hosted by four different institutions of higher education, each representing one of the four core subject areas (science, mathematics, social studies, and English language arts). The purpose of the faculty collaboratives is to provide faculty development opportunities, symposia, mini-grants and other activities designed to increase college and university faculty knowledge of the CCR Standards and to improve the alignment of the core curriculum at public colleges and university with the CCR Standards. For more information on the CCRI Faculty Collaboratives, visit their website: