Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL)

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Evaluation

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Across the United States, 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) supported by the U.S. Department of Education work in partnership with states, school districts, and other relevant stakeholders to support the use of evidence in improving academic outcomes for students. Mathematica is leading the REL for the Mid-Atlantic region, which serves Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. The REL disseminates research, conducts applied research, and provides technical assistance, training, and coaching related to support the use of research to improve school and student performance. Mathematica is partnering with education stakeholders across the region to understand local needs and grow capacity and knowledge in the region. In addition, Mathematica is collaborating with RELs from other regions to coordinate support for high-leverage issues that impact multiple regions.

Mathematica served as a subcontractor to ICF on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory from 2012-2016. Our work included several studies related to measures of teacher and principal performance:

  • A review of literature related to the use of alternate student assessments (other than state accountability tests) in growth measures for teacher evaluation purposes.
  • A series of case studies of school districts implementing alternate student assessments in growth measures for teacher evaluation purposes.
  • An examination of the relationships among value-added, professional practice, and student survey-based measures of teacher performance.
  • An examination of new rubrics for assessing principals’ professional practice (in Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and its relationship to student achievement growth.