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Empirical Education Initiates a Statewide Trial of AMSTI

As part of its grant from the U.S. 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

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.”