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Educational Research

The Voinovich School has a long history of education research and evaluation that is practitioner driven and provides insight into policy implications and practical application.

Primary research areas include:

  • College access and success in the Appalachian region;
  • The implementation of Value-Added Analysis and its role in informing classroom and building practices, promoting student achievement and identifying high performing schools;
  • Development and effectiveness of leadership and collaboration networks among K-16 educators;
  • Evaluation of K-12 programs;
  • Promotion and evaluation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives;
  • Education and its relationship to economic development;
  • Early Childhood Literacy, Health and Education;
  • Education and Health/Wellness

The Voinovich School is an active partner in the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) a collaborative partnership among six Ohio universities (Ohio State, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, Wright State University) and four organizations (Battelle Memorial Institute, Battelle for Kids, Community Research Partners, and the Strategic Research Group) The OERC carries out a P-20 education research agenda in collaboration with ODE and the Ohio Board of Regents.

Example Projects

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DEAMFISA Evaluation

The Dual Enrollment Access in Mathematics using the Flipped Format to Increase Student Achievement (DEAMFISA) is a partnership between Shawnee State University and thirteen southern Ohio school districts.  With funding from the Ohio Department of Education, the partnership provided training in the flipped course delivery model and support to mathematics teachers to acquire the credentialing necessary for offering dual enrollment mathematics courses to regional high school students.  The Voinovich School is in the second year of a five-year evaluation exploring student matriculation to post-secondary education. 

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Tags: Education

Student Growth Measures: Policy and Practice Study

Student achievement growth is a significant component of Ohio’s new educator evaluation system, comprising 50 percent of a teacher’s annual performance evaluation. The SGM: Policy and Practice study, led by the Voinovich School in partnership with researchers from Wright State University and the Ohio State University, is a multi-year project focused on understanding 1) how well the various SGM components fit together and if they do not, how their fit may be improved; and 2) how well the 50 percent SGM element compares with the remaining 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation that is graded on state-specified performance rubrics and standards.

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Tags: Education

The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized Learning Network

The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized Learning Network (OAC-PLN) is a consortium of 27 rural school districts who are partnering with Battelle for Kids to increase student achievement.  The goal of the OAC-PLN is to accelerate student achievement by increasing access to advanced learning and effective instruction through a networked 6-12 grade, high quality blended learning and dual enrollment system. Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs serves as the external evaluator of the project. The comprehensive evaluation tracks both implementation and outcomes of this multi-year initiative.

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Tags: Education