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CCSSO has established a collaborative research team involving Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and American Institutes for Research (AIR) to investigate how professional development programs and activities in multiple sites be evaluated using a common set of research-based measures, and how a survey methodology can be used to evaluate the effects of professional development in improving instruction in mathematics and science.

The study will address the following research questions:

1. To what extent is the quality of the professional development supported by MSP activities consistent with a research-based definition of quality?
2. What effects do teachers' professional development experiences have on instructional practices and content taught in math and science classes? Are high-quality professional development activities more likely than lower-quality activities to increase the alignment of content with state standards and assessments?
3. How can MSP projects use study findings to improve professional development and the content and instruction of mathematics and science classes?

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Project Contributions

Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC)
Posted by: Rolf Blank. "The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) are a practical, reliable set of data collection tools being used with teachers of Mathematics, Science and English Language Arts (K-12) to collect and...
Meta-Analysis Study of the Effects of Teacher Professional Development
Posted by: Rolf Blank. Findings show important cross-study evidence that teacher professional development in mathematics does have significant positive effects on student achievement.…
Does Teacher Professional Development Have Effects on Teaching and Learning?
"CCSSO, with a grant from the National Science Foundation, conducted a two-year study of the quality and effects of teacher professional development programs in mathematics and science. CCSSO examined...
Workshop: Application of New Data Tools in Evaluation of Math and Science Initiatives - Washington, DC, January 25, 2007
Posted by: Rolf Blank. Prior to the 2007 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference, CCSSO convened a workshop that provided MSP evaluators and project staff with the results of the CCSSO MSP...
Examining the Effects of Mathematics and Science Professional Development on Teachers' Instructional Practice: Using Professional Development Activity Log
Posted by: Rolf Blank. "This study builds upon the AIR Eisenhower evaluation. We have adopted the six quality features of professional development activities as well as the measurement scheme of comparing Year 3 to...
Indicators of Quality of Teacher Professional Development and Instructional Change Using Data from Surveys of Enacted Curriculum: Findings from NSF MSP-RETA Project
"In 2002, an MSP-RETA project grant was awarded to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to conduct an empirical study of the quality of professional development provided through...
Professional Development Activity Log
Posted by: Rolf Blank. Web-based teacher log systems to record professional activities completed by type, topic, time, and teacher response. The PDAL is a web-based log of teachers' professional development (PD) activities....
Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
Posted by: Rolf Blank. This web site details how to use the SEC data and reporting tools for evaluation, improvement, and alignment. "The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) offer a practical method for collecting,...
Indicators of Quality of Teacher Professional Development and Instructional Change Using Data From Surveys of Enacted Curriculum: Findings from NSF MSP-RETA Project
Posted by: Rolf Blank. In 2002, an MSP-RETA project grant was awarded to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to conduct an empirical study of the quality of professional development provided through...
Year 3 Update Report: Longitudinal Study to Measure Effects of MSP Professional Development
Posted by: Rolf Blank. Powerpoint Summary of Study Design, Early Findings, and Demonstration of Evaluation Tools The CCSSO MSP-RETA study is analyzing the degree of change in math and science instruction that can be...
Using Curricular Measures for Description & Analysis
Posted by: Rolf Blank. Research and description of alignment analysis of standards, assessments, and instruction. Presented by John Smithson, Director, Measures of Enacted Curriculum, WCER, at the SEC Collaborative Meeting...
Use of Online Survey and Reporting Tools in Evaluation: CCSSO Workshop with Math-Science Leaders and Researchers
To assist states, districts, and higher education institutions with the evaluation of Math-Science Partnership programs, CCSSO joined with experts from the American Institutes for Research and the Wisconsin...
Workshop: Use of Online, Web-based Data Tools for MSP Evaluation and Alignment Analysis
Posted by: Carlise Greenfield. CCSSO and RETA project partners AIR and WCER are planning a 1-day Workshop in Washington, DC on February 2, 2005, which is the day after the annual NSF MSP conference...
Empirical Study of the Effects of Professional Development on Improving Mathematics and Science Instruction
Slide presentation from the MSP PI Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2004. Click here for a web-viewable PDF Click here for the original PowerPoint presentation