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.
BooKS in Classroom Evaluation
The BooKS in Classroom aims to enhance and broaden science and engineering education of graduate fellows, especially under-represented groups, at Ohio University and improve their communication skills through the proposed activities. The Voinovich School is evaluating the project annually, which involves collecting data from the graduate fellows and the participating teachers, observe the fellows teach in the classrooms, conduct a group interview of the fellows and assess the presentation skills of the fellows.
Evaluations of Kids On Campus Academic Year Programming
The Voinovich School serves as evaluator for nine Kids on Campus academic year programs located in six Appalachian school districts across southeastern Ohio. The programs are supported through the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grants as distributed by the Ohio Department of Education as well as through contributions from individuals and organizations in the Athens County area, and numerous departments and offices at Ohio University. The program serves elementary, middle, and high school children and targets those who face socioeconomic and/or academic challenges. Areas of enrichment include reading/math proficiency, homework help, youth development, art and science activities and supplemental nutrition.
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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