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Investigating in Innovation (i3) Grant: Competency-based Educator Preparation and School Intervention

Grant Award

Principal Investigator - Jane Lincove
Sponsor - U.S. Department of Education
Research Partner Subcontract - Texas Tech University
Project Duration - 01/01/2012 – 12/31/2014
Funding Amount - $225,000

The Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ) was selected as the independent evaluator of a new educator preparation project by Texas Tech University.

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.

 

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