Compass Evaluation & Research staff members have extensive experience conducting evaluations and research studies of K-12 educational programs. A few examples of these experiences are provided below.
Chicago Public Schools, IL
Compass was contracted to conduct an evaluation of the Chicago Reading Initiative's Writing Program. In this program, teachers maintain their own writing samples and use them to spark students' writing ideas across a variety of genres. Students then generate ideas, write, edit, and revise their own and one another's work. The evaluation was designed to capture both formative and summative information about the program in order to determine the extent to which the program and its components help students in grades 5, 6, 8, and 11 improve their performance on the writing portion of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).
CWK Network Inc.
Compass staff conducted a quasi-experimental research study in Kansas and Missouri of CWK's Connect With Kids Program, a multi-media life skills and character education program for students in grades 3-12. The study examined the pre-post differences in attitudes, behavior, and achievement for students in classes implementing the program as compared to student in classes not implementing the program. Based on the study results, the program was accepted into the What Works Clearinghouse as having potentially positive results on student behavior.
Cumberland County Schools, NC
Compass staff conducted a statewide evaluation of the NY State Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Program. This work included developing a grantee guidance document for reporting data to the state and U.S. Education Department, creating and implementing a standardized evaluation plan template for local evaluators, and working with an outside vendor to create an online state reporting form. Compass also provided technical assistance to local evaluators to help ensure their project evaluations met state and federal requirements and summarized activities, service statistics, and outcomes across projects.
School District of Greenville County, SC
Compass staff collaborated with the school district and the Metropolitan Arts Council to evaluate the impact of an arts integration program on elementary and middle school students. The evaluation involved developing an arts integration survey; coordinating data collection; compiling, analyzing, and summarizing data; and developing reports for stakeholders.
The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, NC
Compass staff was contracted by UNC to assist in the evaluation of the Disadvantaged Students Supplemental Fund (DSSF) program in 16 school districts. The purpose of the program was to increase the learning and performance of students by attracting and retaining qualified teachers, ensuring effective principals, and providing individualized instruction to students at risk for school failure. Our primary role in the evaluation of the program was to develop and pilot instruments for principals and teachers and manage the administration of the surveys in DSSF and comparison schools across the state.