Rock Solid Evaluation Team Projects
GRREC / OVEC kid•FRIENDLy Project Evaluation
In 2013, the Rock Solid Evaluation Team was awarded a $2.3 million grant to evaluate the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative's (GRREC) and Ohio Valley Education Cooperative's (OVEC) $42 million Race to the Top-District kid•FRIENDLy Project. Twenty-two school districts containing 112 schools are participating in the kid•FRIENDLy Project. GRREC, OVEC, and kid•FRIENDLy have recently completed the implementation phase of this three-year project, and Rock Solid's evaluation of this work is underway.
Standards and Indicators Scholastic Review
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) developed the Standards and Indicators
for School Improvement (SISI) as a standards-based approach to whole school reform.
The Scholastic Audit was then created as a week-long external evaluation of schools
by trained audit teams based on the SISI. Together the SISI and Scholastic Audit have
been recognized as one of the most effective school improvement framework/tools in
the nation. But cost ($12,000 per Audit) led to its demise.
Members of the Rock Solid Evaluation team, along with other WKU colleagues, have updated and revised the original standards (Standards and Indicators for School Improvement-Revised, SISI-R) and developed the Standards and Indicators Scholastic Review (SISR) to replace the Scholastic Audit with a set of self-report teacher perceptual scales (30-45 minutes at no cost compared to expensive week-long external audit teams). Initial Pilot results have validated the new instrument and demonstrated its predictive power (correlations with achievement more than twice as strong as the original Scholastic Audit). Further Pilot testing is under way to confirm these results.
Kentucky Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey
The Kentucky Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey provides statewide data on educators' perceptions of teaching conditions for eight constructs: Time; Facilities & Resources; Community Support and Involvement; Managing Student Conduct; Teacher Leadership; School Leadership; Professional Development; and Instructional Practice and Support. Funded by Kentucky Council for Post-Secondary Education, the TELL research team has carried out three projects using the TELLKentucky Survey 2011 database and produced several technical reports and conference presentations.