K12 RESEARCH FOR EQUITY HUB
EduDream’s mission is to disrupt systemic inequities in education. To do this, EduDream leads culturally responsive and community-centered research and strategy in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, and education organizations. Through our work in actionable research, program evaluation, needs assessment, and data strategy, we are redefining the potential of research while shifting the education system toward an equitable and just future.
In spring 2022, EduDream launched the K12 Research for Equity Hub (The Hub). The Hub is a multi-year actionable research initiative generating evidence to advance policy dialogue on K12 education accountability and assessment systems.
About The Hub
Cycle 1 Research
In its first year, or Cycle 1, The Hub supported four research projects that studied the following:
An examination of new through-year testing structures piloted in four states: Delaware, Florida, Nebraska, and Texas. This project elevates the perspectives of assessment directors, district leaders, and parents regarding how the tests work for students, families, and educators.
Accountability Implications for English Language Learners
A study of schools' expectations of English Learners’ language growth in language proficiency and academic content areas. It also explores the potential role of opportunity-to-learn indicators for English Learners.
Human Flourishing Design Principle Accountability Considerations
An examination of the correlation between the presence of human flourishing design principles and practices in schools and students' well-being and academic success.
Early Warning Systems
An understanding of how incorporating predictive analytics and measures from early warning systems into school accountability systems is helpful to teachers, school administrators, students, and parents.
The Hub seeks proposals for its second research cycle focusing on current and alternative accountability systems. Specifically, the research will explore state and local accountability systems' measures of student achievement and school quality, how families and communities understand and use the measures, and how the systems inform school improvement. Furthermore, the research seeks to understand the context and conditions under which alternative accountability systems are developed and used, developed but abandoned, or viewed as unnecessary. The research aims to understand how the federal education policy, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), encourages or impedes the development and use of alternative accountability systems.
Cycle 2 research awards will range from $120,000 to $200,000 per project.
Proposals are due Friday, December 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM EST.
Cycle 2 Research
Funding for The Hub is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. Hub research will be conducted in collaboration with EduDream as The Hub's coordinator and selected research teams. No personnel from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nor the Walton Family Foundation will participate in the creation of Hub research. The findings and conclusions contained within Hub research deliverables will be those of the authors and will not necessarily reflect the positions and/or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the Walton Family Foundation.
Hub Advisory Group
Parent Institute for Quality Education
Jill Zimmerman Pinsky