Evaluation & Research

Evaluation & Research

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Stakeholder Theories of Change and Models of Practice

QRIS have existed for about two decades and in this short timeframe the systems have evolved.  The initial focus was on improving the generally low quality of care in the late 1990s. In 2009-10, the federal stimulus funds and the announcement of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grant competition spurred on an already emerging second generation of QRIS development. 

Infants And Toddlers In The Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit For States

Advocates have made progress in getting the message to policymakers about the first three years of life and gaps that can begin in infancy—only to be met by shrugs of doubt that anyone knows “what to do about babies.” We know that an array of proven interventions can help families get their babies off to a good start in life. Yet, piecing together the infant-toddler policy puzzle is not simple.

Measuring Child Outcomes in the Early Years

As concern increases over how specific public policies affect children in the early years, establishing cause and effect and estimating the benefits to young children puts increased technical demands on assessment.

Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education

The report describes what has been learned from research grants on early intervention and early childhood education funded by the Institute's National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research, and published in peer-reviewed outlets through June 2010. This synthesis describes contributions to the knowledge base produced by IES-funded research across four focal areas:

Guide to Using Atlas

Today New America’s Education Policy Program released “From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth- 3rd Grade Policies that Support Strong Readers,” a report that ranks states on a broad set of policy indicators that can help ensure children are on track to read on grade level by the end of third grade. States were evaluated on 65 indicators in seven policy areas:
1. Educators: Teachers and Leaders;
2. Standards, Assessment, and Data;

From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth-3rd Grade Policies that Support Strong Readers

From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth- 3rd Grade Policies that Support Strong Readers, ranks states on 65 indicators in seven policy areas. The report found that most states are not taking a comprehensive approach when it comes to developing children’s literacy skills. Accompanying the research are interactive maps of state progress displayed via New America’s data visualization and policy analysis tool, Atlas