Educational Curricula and Interventions

Evaluation of Education Curricula/Programs on behalf of Private Entities

PRES Associates has conducted over twenty educational curricula studies in districts across the country, impacting tens of thousands of students. These have typically consisted of large-scale randomized control trails evaluating the effectiveness of language arts, math and science curricula. Contrasts are made between various different types of educational programs and pedagogical practices. Several studies have been reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse and have fully met the evidence standards put forth by the WWC. The WWC provides educators, policymakers, and the public with an independent source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

Longitudinal Quasi-Experimental Evaluations of Educational Interventions

Studies conducted by PRES Associates have also consisted of the evaluation of educational programs using existing statewide assessment data on behalf of private educational publishing companies. Studies have been conducted using assessment data from Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, California and Georgia. These studies have employed quasi-experimental designs where comparisons are made between schools that have been matched on key student and school characteristics, and randomly selected for further analyses. Typically, cohorts of students are followed over time to look at performance trends in relation to implementation of educational interventions.

High School Reform in Wyoming

The overarching purpose of this project was to obtain firsthand information about exemplary practices being undertaken in Wyoming, and to ascertain the specific needs and issues facing high schools in the state as a whole. This project was designed to learn about the contexts in which high school reform is occurring in Wyoming high schools, it’s planning and design, implementation, and impact, especially on students.