DESE's goal is to prepare all students for success after high school. We are implementing five strategies aimed at reaching that goal, and we're learning more about a number of related topics.
Goal: Prepare all students for success after high school
Strategy 1: Strengthen standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Strategy 2: Promote educator development
Strategy 3: Support social-emotional learning, health, and safety
Strategy 4: Turn around the lowest performing schools and districts
Strategy 5: Enhance resource allocation and data use
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 new research partnerships in 2018-19.
Please contact Carrie Conaway with questions.
Last Updated: October 15, 2018
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