WALTHAM, MA | EDC has received $3.26 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to study innovative strategies to improve outcomes for K–12 students. EDC researchers will lead four studies with the aim of helping educators strengthen programs and policies related to English learners, career technical education, literacy instruction, and supports for online learners.
EDC researchers and evaluators will lead the following:
Lessons to Support English Learners’ Mathematics Achievement. Over four years, Mark Driscoll, Jill Neumayer DePiper, and Johannah Nikula will develop and test a unit on fraction division for middle school math instruction and provide preliminary evidence about the unit’s promise to enhance instruction for English learners. The team will conduct a pilot study of 500 grade 6 students in Massachusetts middle school mathematics classes with substantial populations of English learners.
Impact of Structured Methods in Language Education (SMiLE).Carrie Parker and Lauren Katzman will lead a cluster randomized controlled trial to examine this literacy intervention for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are non-readers or beginning readers. The two-year study includes 480 K–5 students in New York City District 75, a district of more than 23,000 students with the most significant disabilities in the city. EDC’s partner will be the New York City Department of Education.