Curriculum, Instructional, and Academic Rigor

Publications and Resources

Advancing Academic Achievement Through Career Relevance in the Middle Grades: A Longitudinal evaluation of CareerStart

Advancing Academic Achievement Through Career Relevance in the Middle Grades: A Longitudinal evaluation of CareerStart

Research and theory suggest that students learn more effectively when they perceive course content as relevant to their futures. The current research assessed the impact of CareerStart, a middle grades instructional strategy designed to Read More

Supporting Instructional Improvement in Low-Performing Schools to Increase Students’ Academic Achievement

Supporting Instructional Improvement in Low-Performing Schools to Increase Students’ Academic Achievement

This is an impact evaluation of the Technical Support to Failing Schools Program, a Chilean compensatory program that provided 4-year in-school technical assistance to low-performing schools to improve students’ academic achievement. The author implemented Read More

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K–12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional alignment to standards/assessments, observational and student survey measures of pedagogical quality, and measures of teachers’ contributions Read More