News from 2006
- EDC Partners with Empirical for Regional Lab in the Northeast
- Partnership with SERVE for REL-Southeast Project
- Empirical Education Initiates a Statewide Trial of AMSTI
- Empirical and Stanford Join Forces to Help School Districts Implement...
EDC Partners with Empirical for Regional Lab in the Northeast
October 31, 2006
Empirical Education signed on as a partner in the Northeast and the Islands Regional Educational Laboratory, or NEIREL, joining prime contractor Education Development Center of Newton, MA and its other partners, WestEd and AIR. The company’s primary responsibility will be in the area of technical assistance to state and local systems in New England and New York state, as well as the islands–Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Denis Newman, Empirical's president, commented, “We welcome this opportunity to work with our colleagues at EDC and help them contribute to the research base for their region.” The REL contract is expected to be extended until March 2011.
Partnership with SERVE for REL-Southeast Project
June 8, 2006
Empirical Education and SERVE (a research unit of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro) have signed a contract making the company a partner in the work of the Regional Education Lab in the Southeast. Empirical’s primary responsibility will be in the area of randomized experiments to be undertaken in the region. The initial project is the four-year state-wide effectiveness study of the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative. The company is also advising on technical and operational aspects of other experiments in the planning stage. The REL is authorized for five years.
Empirical Education Initiates a Statewide Trial of AMSTI
January 30, 2006
As part of its grant from the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Research, Empirical Education is working with the Alabama State Department of Education’s Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) staff and with representatives from three of the regions to conduct a randomized experiment of the AMSTI project. Empirical facilitated the random assignment of 40 schools into those who will be part of the AMSTI program for the 2006-2007 school year and those who will join the program in the following year; the latter group will serve as the control group. The company is expecting that additional funding sources will allow the experiment to continue for three years and include a replication in additional regions of the state.
Empirical and Stanford Join Forces to Help School Districts Implement Rigorous Research
September 14, 2004
Empirical Education has signed a co-development agreement with Stanford University, in which Stanford will assist in the development of statistical analysis processes of school data, including models and procedures in the statistical software SAS environment. In July 2004, Empirical Education was awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to refine an experimental methodology that school districts can use to measure the effectiveness of instructional programs they are considering. “This agreement gives us access to a world-class educational research environment and will help us improve the quality of information we provide to the schools,” said Denis Newman, Empirical Education founder. Edward H. Haertel, professor at the School of Education at Stanford University, principal investigator for Stanford’s effort, said, “I am pleased that Stanford is involved with this innovative approach to helping school districts use rigorous experimental methods to guide their decision-making.”