Mission and Goals

MISSION
To promote the improvement of educational outcomes of students, schools, and agencies through responsive and valid data-based decisions focused on reform.


GOALS

To advocate publicly  for systematic data-based improvements of resources, policies, and practices in order to support educational outcomes.

To facilitate systematic data-based improvements of resources, policies, and practices in order to support educational outcomes through research and inquiry by:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to directly or indirectly impact student achievement and provide responsive data-based recommendations.
  • Providing technical assistance to programs and agencies interested in conducting systematic internal evaluations in order to improve resources, policies, and practices supporting educational outcomes.
  • Performing basic research on measurement, assessment, evaluation, and dissemination methodologies that may lead to improvements in data-based educational reform.

To inform stakeholders about issues relating to educational accountability and about resources, policies, and practices which support educational outcomes by:

  • Disseminating findings of studies conducted by the Center that demonstrate the processes and results of data-based reform which support educational outcomes.
  • Disseminating information about research-based policies, practices, and resource allocations that have promise for improving educational outcomes.
  • Studying, interpreting, and reporting the impact of state and national policies related to assessment and accountability in education.

To train policy-makers, researchers, and educators about the knowledge and skills needed to advocate, facilitate, and inform efforts to support educational accountability.

 

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