Research Matters

Recent Publications

  • (2016/2017) Year 1- Early Implemenation of Mastery Learning in West Ada's Academy High Schools

    WASD’s academy high schools started the 2016-2017 as full “flex model” blended learning schools. Students have flexible schedules, open “flex” time where they could choose what to work on and where, and mentor periods where students would have to check in with an adult to monitor progress and help set schedules. The goal is to create learning environments which are flexible enough to provide personalized and highly differentiated learning opportunities while providing the structure that students need to be successful. This report provides details from the first year of implementation, resources created along the way, and measured outcomes.

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  • (2016/2017) Danielson or FIT: Perceptions of West Ada's Evaluation Model

    Charlotte Danielson’s model has become the standard for teacher evaluations in the State of Idaho and many other states around the country. The question, however, is whether the massive amount of work being done in observing and evaluating teachers using the Danielson based tool, is actually improving teacher performance, and more importantly is it improving student achievement?

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  • (2014/2015) Academy Mastery Learning Project

    Beginning in the 2012 school year, West Ada School District (WASD) has been looking to create a new school model for its high school academies. A survey was given to student to assess needs in an attempt to create a system that works for these students. These are the results of this survey.

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  • (2014/2015) Making the Digital Transition- Online Techbook Professional Development

    The West Ada School District (WASD) is currently in the process of transitioning its schools and classrooms to digitally-rich environments. This is in order to better align student learning with the skills needed for success in current and future jobs. This research seeks to identify professional development characteristics which best aid teachers in integrating technology tools into their classrooms.

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  • (2014/2015) Middle School Academic Behaviors for Career and College Readiness

    This research identifies areas of student academic mindsets which have improved through school-wide implementations. In addition, this work is based in a Career and College Readiness framework and can be used to identify strengths and areas of further work which can enable action and data-based decisions by school staff.

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  • (2014/2015) Pilot to Purchase Project

    This study sought to develop a method for measuring outcomes associated with software being used and/or piloted within the district. It is part of a larger study performed in association with Digital Promise- The League of Innovative Schools.

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