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LBJ School Selected as Independent Evaluator by i3 Grant Recipient Texas Tech University

New Competency-Based Educator Preparation and School Intervention Program to be Evaluated

AUSTIN, TX, January 4, 2012 – The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs was selected as the independent evaluator of a new educator preparation project by Texas Tech University. The faculty and staff of the Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), an initiative of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy, will perform the evaluation.

Texas Tech University’s College of Education received a prestigious Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve educator preparation and K-12 student achievement. Texas Tech and its partners, Lubbock Independent School District, Teachscape, Texas Instruments, and the Haberman Educational Foundation, will implement and test a competency-based model of educator preparation and school intervention using innovative technology.

Competency-based educator preparation is a systematic shift in training teachers from having only a conceptual understanding to exhibiting true competency in subject-areas and teaching methods. The project’s specific goals are to produce new teachers with skill-based competence, who then produce students with achievement scores greater than the district average within two years. The impact of the competency-based school intervention in mathematics will be tested in grades 6-9 in Lubbock ISD.

PEEQ will support Texas Tech and its partners by serving as the independent evaluator for the new program. PEEQ was chosen because of its extensive experience with teacher evaluation, educator preparation, and implementation in the state of Texas. PEEQ will conduct quantitative analysis of student outcomes using growth and value-added models to determine the impact of the project on teacher effectiveness.

“Competency-based instruction shifts the focus of teacher training from theory to the everyday practice of teaching,” said Dr. Jane Lincove, Co-Director of PEEQ. “PEEQ is proud to support this effort to improve teacher training through innovation with rigorous assessment.”

The Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality is an initiative of the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Center for Health and Social Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. The PEEQ leadership team includes Dr. Jane Lincove, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, and Dr. Paul von Hippel. Dr. Lincove is the Co-Director of PEEQ and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Osborne is the Director of PEEQ and is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Paul von Hippel is a Faculty Research Associate on PEEQ and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

For more information, contact: Jane Lincove, Ph.D., Co-Director, Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality 512-232-2561, lincove@mail.utexas.edu