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Reports & Publications

A sampling of Voinovich School publications can be found below. If a publication you are looking for is not listed or if you would like additional information on our publications please feel free to contact: Amista Lipot at 740-597-1558.

Student Growth Measures (SGM) Mini‐Grant Program for Extended Value‐AddedTesting

During the 2011‐13 academic years, 81 of Ohio’s Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) received mini‐grants to implement extended testing and receive value‐added data in selected grades and content areas not covered by the Ohio Achievement Assessments. An Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) research team developed a two year research plan to evaluate the following broad areas regarding Year 1 (Round 1) and Year 2 (Round 2) mini‐grant recipients: Implementation, Roster Verification, Educator Evaluation Systems, and LEA Solutions.

Contact: Dr. Marsha Lewis and Dr. Ani Ruhil

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Ohio Student Growth Measures (SGM) Policy and Practice Study [March 2014]

The Ohio Student Growth Measures Policy and Practice study is a two‐year study investigating early implementation of Student Growth Measures (SGMs) as part of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES). The study’s purpose is to provide timely data to inform state policy and state and local practice around teacher and principal evaluation during the early stages of deployment of the new evaluation systems.

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Contact: Dr. Anirudh Ruhil or Dr. Marsha Lewis

OERC Implementation of the "Collaborating on Econ. Success in Appalachia"[2014]

The Collaborating on Economic Success in Appalachia (COESA) partnership was one of fourteen high school‐higher education alignment consortia funded by the Ohio Department of Education to address the  curricular misalignment between high school and college that contributes to close to half of Ohio’s college freshman enrolling in remedial coursework. This case study focuses on the perspectives of participating high school teachers and higher education faculty regarding high school‐higher education alignment and measures the initial network development among the consortium participants in the 2012‐13 academic year.

Contact: Anirudh Ruhil, 740-597-1949, ruhil@ohio.edu or Marsha Lewis, 740-593-1435, lewism5@ohio.edu

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Rio Connection: Jackson Focus on Mathematics and Science Teaching [2013]

Using a mixed-methods approach and quasi-experimental design, Voinovich School professional staff evaluated this three-year Math-Science Partnership project implemented in Jackson City School District (JCSD) in partnership with faculty at the University of Rio Grande and the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center. Evaluation findings reveal a successful project across all three years, including teacher and student gains in science content knowledge.

Contact:  Margaret Hutzel, 740-597-2985, hutzel@ohio.edu 

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OERC: Implementation of the "Collaborating on Economic Success in Appalachia"

This case study documents the implementation of the Collaborating on Economic Success in Appalachia (COESA) partnership, a consortium of 18 school districts, three higher education institutions, and five partner organizations distributed across four counties in the Appalachian region of Ohio. The partnership's primary goal is to reduce the percentage of students required to take remedial coursework when they enter higher education. They are tackling this goal primarily through better alignment of high school and college curriculum, especially in English and mathematics, and the development of networks of high school and college faculty.

Contact: Barry Oches, oches@ohio.edu or Aleksey Kolpakov, kolpakov@ohio.edu  

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Student Growth Measures Mini-Grant Program for Extended Value-Added Testing

Currently the Ohio Department of Education does not test all grades and all subject matters in Local Education Agencies (LEA). To improve school accountability and effectiveness, the Mini-Grant project is studying implementation of extended testing in a small group of LEAs. During the 2011‐13 academic years, 81 of Ohio's LEA's received mini‐grants to implement extended testing and receive value‐added data in selected grades and content areas not covered by the Ohio Achievement Assessments. An Ohio Education Research Center team developed a two year research plan to evaluate the following broad areas regarding Year 1 (Round 1) and Year 2 (Round 2) mini‐grant recipients: 1) Implementation  2) Roster Verification 3) Educator Evaluation Systems 4) Best Practices and Lessons Learned. Data collection is complete from 11 Round 1 LEAs that have agreed to participate. For Round 2 LEAs, 8 site visits are complete. Based on the data collected thus far, the following preliminary findings are presented with caution. Data collection is ongoing.

Contact: Marsha Lewis, lewism5@ohio.edu

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Zero Waste Case Studies: Select Rural Ohio Recycling Programs [2012]

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative—a collaboration coordinated by Rural Action in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation—conducted qualitative case studies of recycling and waste reduction management practices. The studies were conducted to better inform and prepare the Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District for solid waste management plan renewal. The eleven case studies provide a broad overview of components of select programs.

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Contact: Robin Stewart

Zero Waste Residential Survey Results [2012]

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative—a collaboration coordinated by Rural Action in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation—conducted a residential survey of Athens and Hocking Counties in February 2012. The survey aimed to gauge the communities' actions, wants, and needs in terms of waste reduction and recycling.

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Contact: Robin Stewart

OACAA Toolkit [2012]

At the request of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA), the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs created a toolkit to assist Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in understanding their current and potential Community Economic Development impact. The Toolkit primarily aims to enable CAAs to better communicate the public value of their economic development efforts to stakeholders.

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Contact: Robin Stewart

OACAA Executive Summary [2012]

At the request of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA), the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs created an Executive Summary of their findings from a study on the impact of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) on Community Economic Development. CAAs' role in strengthening local economies is largely unknown and the Executive Summary sought to highlight CAA's substantial impact.

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Contact: Robin Stewart

OACAA Technical Report [2012]

At the request of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA), the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs conducted a study of Community Action Agencies' impact on Community Economic Development (CED) in Ohio. The study sought to identify, document, and assess exemplary practices in CED. The report concludes with 25 case studies of exemplary CED programs.

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Contact: Robin Stewart

E Check Survey Report [2012]

Since 2000, the Voinovich School has conducted an annual satisfaction survey for the Ohio E-Check vehicle emissions testing program.  Currently, Ohio EPA requires vehicles registered in 7 northern counties to undergo emissions testing as a condition of registration and this survey asks motorists about their experiences with the testing process.

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Contact: Nicole Yandell

Rio Connection: Gallipolis Focus on Science Instruction [2012]

This is a report on evaluation findings of the Rio Connection: Gallipolis Focus on Science Instruction project.The project was a one-year collaborative endeavor among the University of Rio Grande (URG), The Gallia Vinton Educational Service Center (GV-ESC) and Gallipolis City School District (GCSD) and was funded by the Ohio Board of Regents.The purpose of the project was to provide high quality professional development for science teachers in grades 3-8. Collaborating with faculty at URG and the Gallia-Vinton ESC and utilizing a coaching professional development model, GCSD science teachers were provided professional development and individual coaching in scientific inquiry, earth science, and space science during the project.

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Contact: Margaret Hutzel

Rio Connection: Jackson Focus on Mathematics and Science Teaching [2012]

This report addresses Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs' Year 2 evaluation findings on the Rio Connection: Jackson Focus on Mathematics and Science Teaching project.The is a three-year Math-Science Partnership among the University of Rio Grande (URG), The Gallia Vinton Educational Service Center (GV-ESC) and Jackson City School District (JCSD).The purpose of the partnership is to connect K-12 teachers with mathematics and science faculty at nearby colleges and universities in order to facilitate ongoing, high-quality professional development in the mathematics and science content areas required by Ohio's Academic Core Curriculum.

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Contact: Marsha Lewis

Columbus Metro Library's Ready to Read CORPS [2012]

The Columbus Public Library initiated an early literacy program for parents of children, birth to school age called the Ready to Read Corps. The library targeted the program to specific neighborhoods/communities in Columbus to improve readiness for kindergarten. Ohio University's Voinovich School was asked to evaluate the project toward intended short and long term outcomes. This report addresses the first phase of the project through January 2011.

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Contact: Margaret Hutzel

USDept of Energy Portsmouth Annual Site Environmental Report(ASER)StudentSummary

Development and Publishing of a PORTS Annual Site Environmental Report Summary for the US Department of Energy, under the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Future Vision Project.  Ohio University helped sponsor and develop an Annual Site Environmental (ASER) Summary utilizing staff and students from a local high school.  This ASER Summary is tailored after a similar report produced by DOE's Oak Ridge Operations.  The ASER Summary utilized inofmration found in the most recent ASER released publically by PORTS and presentation materials (e.g., tables and figures) developed by the high school staff and students. The goals when producing the ASER Summary were to educate regional high school students abotu activities and opportunities at the PORTS site and develop materials that would facilitate area residents learning more about DOE's work at the PORTS site. 

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Contact: Margaret Hutzel

Breastfeeding in the Ohio Appalachian Region [2011]

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) commissioned this research to examine the individual attitudes and beliefs, social norms, cultural practices and other socio-ecological barriers that hinder Appalachian women who receive WIC benefits from breastfeeding. Group interviews were conducted in the 19 Appalachian counties in Ohio with the lowest breastfeeding rates. The interviews focused on identifying barriers and facilitators to breastfeeding initiation and success.

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Contact: Holly Raffle, Ph.D.