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Office of Planning and Research

Research Agenda

October 2017

ESE's goal is to prepare all students for success after high school. We are implementing five strategies aimed at reaching that goal. Within our goal and strategies, we're learning more about a number of topics.

Goal: Prepare all students for success after high school
  • High quality college and career pathways
  • Career outcomes for K-12 students
  • Time to postsecondary degree
  • Out-of-school youth
  • High school graduation and supports
  • Advanced coursework
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Charter schools
  • Vocational-technical schools
  • Other school choice options
  • Time to postsecondary degree
Strategy 1: Strengthen standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Curriculum framework implementation
  • Instructional practices
  • Assessment
  • State curriculum programming
  • Special populations
Strategy 2: Promote educator development
  • Educator preparation
  • High quality feedback
  • Impact of educator effectiveness initiatives
  • Perceptions of educator effectiveness initiatives
Strategy 3: Support social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  • School climate
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL)
  • Student discipline
  • Interventions and supports
Strategy 4: Turn around the lowest performing schools and districts
  • State accountability and support system
  • Strategies for turnaround in districts without autonomies
Strategy 5: Enhance resource allocation and data use
  • DESE data tools and supports
  • Digital learning

A summary of the agency's initiatives in support of these strategies is posted at Commissioner's webpage.

ESE's research agenda is driven by our strategic plan. The following questions guide all of our research across our goal and five strategies:

  • Are our initiatives correlated with stronger outcomes for participating students and/or educators? Where possible to determine, did participation in the initiative cause the observed outcomes?

  • How does implementation of our initiatives vary across schools, districts, educator preparation programs, etc.? What does this tell us about strategies for effective implementation?

  • What is the field's perception of our initiatives?

After a decade of developing research partnerships, we have established solid relationships with universities, researchers, and other vendors on nearly all of our major research questions. We will bid any opportunities where the state is seeking a vendor for research work and/or a grant-writing partner through the state's procurement system, CommBuys. Beyond that, we do not anticipate entering into any new research partnerships for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. We have not yet determined our agenda for the 2018-19 school year.

Please contact Carrie Conaway with questions.

Last Updated: October 6, 2017
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