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An Introduction to the OERC presented at Ohio TriO

  1. 1. MAKING RESEARCH WORK FOR EDUCATION: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OHIO EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTER Sunny L. Munn, PhD OERC Project Manager and Postdoctoral Researcher Ohio Trio Professional Conference | 4.4.2014
  2. 2.  OERC Introduction  OERC Research  Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive  Opportunities for Research and Policy Development AGENDA
  3. 3. CREATING AND BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS The Ohio Education Research Center is a network of Ohio- based researchers and research institutions, that develops and implements a statewide, preschool-through-workforce research agenda to address critical issues of education practice and policy. 9.27.2013 2
  4. 4. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTSOERC FOUNDING PARTNERS AND SECTORS Pre-K to 12 Education Ohio Dept. of Education Higher Education Ohio Board of Regents Workforce Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services 6 Ohio Universities 4 Ohio Research Organizations Ohio Education Research Center
  5. 5. PRIMARY OBJECTIVES  Build data archive (OLDA)  Conduct research and evaluation projects  Translate research into actionable practices  Increase access to high quality knowledge OERC OBJECTIVES
  6. 6. PRIMARY OBJECTIVES Make research practical Relevant to current problems of practice Connect research to current policy issues Provide evidence for policy decisions Build relationships with education stakeholders Practitioners and policy leaders OERC MISSION
  7. 7. PRIMARY OBJECTIVESRESEARCH AREAS 1) State Success Factors 2) Standards and Assessments 3) Improving with Data 4) Teachers and Leaders 5) Improvement and Innovation 6) STEM Education Initiatives 7) Early Childhood Education 8) Future-Ready Students
  8. 8.  Progress Research Briefs  Research Briefs/Policy Briefs  Full Research Reports OERC RESEARCH Completed Research  Ohio’s Race to the Top Dropout Tracking Report  Ohio Race to the Top Benchmark Progress Study  Teacher Supply and Demand Study  Student Growth Measures: Mini -Grants  Implementation of the “Collaborating on Economic Success in Appalachia” High School - Higher Education Alignment Project  2013 Workforce Study: Ohio Early Learning & Development Programs – A Profession Divided In-Progress Research  Student Growth measures: A Study of Policy and Practice in Ohio  Investigating the Pathway to Proficiency from Birth through 3rd Grade  Impact of TeachOhio Program on Participating Districts  The Ef fect of Student Engagement on Student Achievement in STEM: Implications for Public Policy for High School STEM Education
  9. 9.  Which high schools produce drop outs?  What characteristics do the schools share? DROPOUTS IN OHIO HIGH SCHOOLS Where are dropouts concentrated?
  10. 10.  Graduation Rate  Increase On-Time Graduation Rate by 0.5%/Year  - On track  Graduation Rate Gap  Reduce Graduation Rate Gaps by 50%  - Need more rapid progress for disadvantaged and non-White students  Performance Gap  Reduce Performance Gaps by 50%  - Need to increase rate that disadvantaged and non-White students perform more rapidly than White and non-disadvantaged students  Achievement Gap  Reduce Gap between Ohio and the Best Performing States  - Gap is shrinking for 8th grade math but growing for 4th grade  College Enrollment  Double College Enrollment for 18-to19 Year Olds  - Enrollments have increased between 2008-2010 OHIO’S RTTT YEAR TWO PROGRESS
  11. 11. TEACHER SUPPLY AND DEMAND Main findings:  # of students and teachers will continue to decline  Retirements of teachers peaked and likely will drop after 2015  ¼ of all teachers licensed in most recent year were in early childhood PK-3  There is a shift from private schools to community schools  College of Education production peaked in 2004- 2005
  12. 12. Key Findings from Year 1:  Lack of baseline data across high schools regarding college readiness, course-taking patterns, course completion and persistence  Existing barriers which prevent the implementation of suggested “fixes” of misalignment of high school and college curriculum  Awareness of different expectations between high schools and to college  Development of relationships between high school teachers and college faculty are growing  Innovations including subject specific workshops and a county wide syllabus for 12th grade math jointly developed by high school and college faculty COLLABORATING ON ECONOMIC SUCCESS IN APPALACHIA (COESA)
  13. 13.  A Data-driven Approach to Kindergarten Readiness and the Importance of the Preschool Years: A Partnership Between Researchers and Stakeholders  Helping Adolescents with ADHD Succeed at School  A Case Study of Middle School to High School Transition for Students with Disabilities  Closing the Participation Gap for African American Men in Higher Education UPCOMING OERC RESEARCH  Predicting Academic Success in Kindergarten based on Pre-School Factors  The Advanced Quantitative Reasoning Course as a Mechanism for College Readiness
  14. 14. Comprehensive data System linkages Testing and outcome data Access to consistent and updated documentation Health & Family Workforce Higher Ed. Education OHIO LONGITUDINAL DATA ARCHIVE
  15. 15. Administrative Records Survey Data Purpose Administrative Research Coverage & Content Defined by administrative requirements Defined by research objective Quality Control Variable More tightly controlled Cost of Data Collection None outside of program administration Variable Respondent Burden None outside of program administration Variable ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS AS DATA
  16. 16. Select Graduates (HEI) Link Grads to Their Employers (UI Wages) Link Employers to Industries (QCEW Employer Enterprise) THE DATA BEHIND THE ANALYSIS
  17. 17. WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES FOR OHIO’S EDUCATION GRADUATES? No Wage Records 24% Other Job 16% Education Job 60% 2009 Grads (N=7,441) Elementary & Secondary Schools 83% Postsecondary Schools 8% Educational Support Services 3% Child Day Care 6%
  18. 18. $0 $2,000 $4,000 $6,000 $8,000 $10,000 $12,000 UnadjustedMedianWages (AutumnQuarter) Graduation Year Education Sector Other Sectors QUARTERLY WAGES FOR EDUCATION GRADUATES, 1 YEAR POST-GRADUATION
  19. 19. OLDA PROJECTS Apprenticeship outcomes Financial Aid outcomes STEM graduate outcomes Teacher supply and demand Dropout experiences in higher education Shale industry economic outcomes STEM school evaluation Economic outcomes of higher education graduates
  20. 20. USING THE OLDA Request agency approval: IRB Research Request for Data Data Sharing Agreements Secure access to approved de-identified variables Share findings
  21. 21. JOIN US …  To access and share resources like documents, videos and links  Discuss issues relevant to education practice in Ohio  Collaborate to answer important questions Gain insight into the field by connecting research, policy and practice
  22. 22. CONTACT Website Email Dr. Josh Hawley, Director Dr. Sunny Munn, Project Manager Making Research Work for Education