More on MET :: Project Partners

Understanding what effective teaching looks like in practice is a shared undertaking that includes teachers, education practitioners and researchers from various disciplines.

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Cambridge Education / The Tripod Project
Educational Testing Service
Empirical Education Inc.
The Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT) Project
The New Teacher Center
The RAND Corporation
Teachscape


Overview

In addition to the 3,000 participating teacher volunteers and leadership from local teachers' unions, the Measures of Effective Teaching project's partners included more than a dozen academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and education consultants. Below is information about a selection of our research partners.

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Cambridge Education / The Tripod Project

Cambridge Education is an established education research center with more than 25 years of experience working in over 45 countries. In the United States, Cambridge has partnered with over 2,500 schools in more than 200 districts across 25 states. Services are provided by a team of experienced educators who specialize in the fields of leadership, instruction, student achievement and change management. In the U.S., Cambridge is currently leading large-scale projects focused on school- and district-level transformation, teacher evaluation, school and district quality review, and comprehensive school improvement.

Cambridge Education is home to the Tripod Project, the national consortium of schools and districts with a shared interest in raising achievement for all students, while narrowing gaps among students from different racial, ethnic and economic class backgrounds. The project derives its name from the conviction that schools can raise achievement while closing gaps by helping teachers improve in three essential and interrelated areas: content knowledge, pedagogy and relationships. Tripod participants use data from the project's surveys to analyze student engagement, classroom learning conditions, teaching practices, youth culture and school climate. Their understanding of the data is guided by the Tripod Conceptual Framework, which includes the Seven Cs and five student engagement targets.

Cambridge Education / the Tripod Project produces and administers the Tripod survey, which was used in the project to measure students' perceptions of their classroom experience.

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Educational Testing Service

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide through creating assessments and conducting educational research, analysis and policy studies. ETS manages and trains the experts who are viewing and rating the videotaped lessons using the five observational protocols and rubrics.

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Empirical Education Inc.

Education research firm Empirical Education Inc. specializes in effectiveness evaluation of instructional programs, policies and products. With the goal of helping educators make the best possible evidence-based decisions, Empirical Education has developed a suite of technology tools to increase the efficiency of research operations. Empirical Education's clients include federal, state and local education agencies; publishers, technology vendors; and more. Their expert team of researchers, statisticians, engineers and managers has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of classrooms throughout the United States.

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The Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT) Project

The University of Michigan's Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT) Project investigates the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching and how this knowledge develops as a result of experience and professional learning. For the MET project, the LMT Project's assessment was expanded to measure both mathematical knowledge in the area of Algebra 1 and the subject-specific knowledge used in teaching English language arts.

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The New Teacher Center

The New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by improving the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. NTC strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy and research. Since 1998, the NTC has served over 49,000 teachers and 5,000 mentors, and has touched millions of students across America.

Since 2008, more than 415,000 Teaching and Learning Conditions Surveys have been submitted. NTC has produced more than 10,000 school-level data reports. Clients in 2008-2010 include Alabama, Colorado, Fairfax County, Va., Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Vermont and West Virginia. NTC also administered statewide surveys in spring 2011 in Kentucky and Tennessee, which included the survey in its winning Race to the Top application.

The New Teacher Center designed and administered the working conditions survey administered as part of the Teacher Perceptions component of the MET project.

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RAND Education

For more than 30 years, RAND Education has worked to bring accurate data and objective analysis to nearly every aspect of the education system. RAND Education's approach is uniquely multidisciplinary; researchers include education specialists, cognitive scientists, cost analysts, demographers, economists, political scientists, psychologists, sociologists, computer scientists and systems analysts. RAND's mission is simple: to deliver policymakers the facts, options and assessments they need to enhance learning and help students, teachers and schools succeed. RAND Education is a research division of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis.

For more information about RAND Education and the composite measure of teacher effectiveness, email media@rand.org.

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Teachscape

Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content and expert services to develop great teachers. From Classroom Walkthrough technology to a powerful web-based content delivery platform to an online masters programs, Teachscape's award-winning products and services have been inspired by a dedication to sparking transformative change in teaching practice. Since 1999, Teachscape has worked with schools and school districts, charter networks, archdioceses, universities and state education departments to measurably and continuously improve the effectiveness of teachers and instructional leaders to produce gains in student achievement.

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“This national research study is going to help all of us in public education learn about great teaching because it's going to study real teachers in real classrooms.”
-Pete Gorman,
Superintendent,
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools