Curriculum & Program Evaluation

Organizations that develop and implement educational programs are increasingly interested in evidence-based practices to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of a specific program or curriculum. The ERC provides evaluation of education programs and curriculum materials to assist schools, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations to assess the efficacy of educational programs. ERC curriculum and program evaluations provide detailed feedback to stakeholders that allow identification, description, and replication of effective practices within a program as well as identification of practices that could be modified to improve the program or curriculum.

Using multiple research approaches and various sources of data, the ERC staff has completed program evaluations for several organizations. As an example, the ERC is conducting a complete curriculum review of the United Way of Greater Houston’s Bright Beginnings’ professional development (PD) curriculum for early childhood center directors and staff. The final report for the review will include recommendations on how to improve cost efficiency for the professional development while maintaining program integrity and standards.

In addition, the ERC is working with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization, a non-profit educational foundation, to evaluate the implementation of different curriculum components or attributes within the IB program (Observing classroom instruction in schools implementing the International Baccalaureate Programme). Outcomes from one of these IB studies will include a multiple case study analysis of 6 to 9 IB Diploma Programme schools in North America exploring case-site specifics of instruction, assessment, perceived value, and environmental supports that facilitate or inhibit successful integration of “reflective”, an IB learner attribute.