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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

All Projects 

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. 

Click here to access the report.

Tags: Education

Ohio Mathematics and Science Partnership and Improving Teacher Quality Evaluation

The Voinovich School is (or has been) the local evaluator on several Ohio Department of Education-funded Mathematics and Science Partnership projects and the Ohio Department of Higher Education-funded Improving Teacher Quality project. These evaluations examine the implementation and outcomes of intensive professional development programs for science and mathematics teachers. The Voinovich School has served as the local evaluator for projects based in the Gallia County Schools, Wellston City Schools, Jackson City Schools, Gallipolis City Schools, Meigs County Local Schools, Symmes Valley Local Schools and Vinton County Local Schools

Click here to read the Southeasten Ohio Science Partnership evaluation, and click here to read the Rio Connections report.

Tags: Education

Ohio Resident Educator Assessment Evaluation

The Voinovich School is collaborating with researchers from Miami University and the University of Cincinnati on a multi-year statewide evaluation of Ohio’s Resident Educator Program (OREP). This study is assessing particular aspects of OREP implementation including: (a) fidelity and compliance, (b) quality and effectiveness, (c) influence and impact, and (d) scale-up and sustainability. The results of this study will shape practice at the state, local (LEA), and individual (Resident Educator, Resident Educator mentor, and LEA administrator) levels.

Tags: Education