U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Regional Educational Laboratories - 2003

Goal 8: To support knowledge-based educational improvement to help all students meet high standards through development, applied research, dissemination, and technical assistance conducted with local, state, and intermediate agencies.
Objective 8.1 of 2: Develop, adapt, and assess comprehensive education reform strategies in schools, districts, and states.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Number of development sites: An increasing number of local or state sites will be engaged in collaborative development and demonstration of comprehensive reform-related efforts.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number school, district, intermediate agency, and state level sites
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Site Students Teachers Administrators Parents
Site Students Teachers Administrators Parents
1997
494 83,147 5,899 512 14,437
         
1998
615 93,788 6,950 749 16,062
         
1999
606 538,865 37,550 5,169 13,697
         
2000
630 545,612 34,923 5,029 13,024
         
2001
359 37,847 5,869 1,801 183
         
2002
206   4,316 1,055 268
         
2003
252   4,838 1,398 611
206   4,316 1,055 268
Status: Target exceeded

Progress: The 2003 data indicate increases in numbers of development sites and numbers of participants at those sites.

Explanation: A site is defined as a school, district, intermediate agency, or state in which “the Laboratory is engaged in collaborative field work that is: a) direct, face-to-face, long-term, and intensive; b) designed with the explicit goal to improve practice; and c) expected to produce outcomes that are measurable and indicative of improved practice.” A participant is defined as “an individual directly involved in collaborative field work.” Students do not collaborate directly with the Laboratories and are not included in the reported 2002 or 2003 data.  
Additional Source Information: Laboratory records and quarterly reports, 2003.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: September 2003
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity. Each Laboratory utilized a standardized, cross-Laboratory quality assurance protocol to review the data provided. Data verification by an independent contractor was conducted in 2002. The findings indicate that “overall given that adequate procedures and quality controls were in place, the REL Performance Indicator data for 2002 were found to be reliable, valid and accurately reported to OERI-IES.” (source: OERI/IES Performance Indicator Data Verification Project for The Regional Educational Laboratories: Final Report, prepared on December 31, 2002 by C&A Technologies)

Limitations: The Education Department relies on Laboratory records for these data.

Improvements: Continued improvement in data collection procedures to ensure consistency in reporting data.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Student achievement: After 3 years of on-site development, sites will show increases in student achievement.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of schools showing increases in student achievement
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Less than 12 months 12-23 months 24-35 months 36 months or more
Less than 12 months 12-23 months 24-35 months 36 months or more
2001
      41.40
       
2002
4 54.80 91.70 0
       
2003
27.70 29.20 50 100
      80
Status: Target exceeded

Progress: All development sites with 36 months or more of on-site development (6 of 6 sites, or 100%) reported evidence demonstrating increases in student achievement. The previous year (2002) was a new baseline year; year 2001 was the first year of a new contract period and represents only 6 months of data collection.

Explanation: Of the 252 development sites reported previously (Indicator 8.1.1 of 2 above), 164 indicated a direct focus on the outcome/category of “increased student achievement.” The other 88 sites are focused on research and development to enhance capacity to improve student achievement. Of these 164 sites with a direct focus on improving student achievement, 105 (64% of the total) collected and reported student achievement data, and 35 sites reported evidence showing increases in achievement, as follows: 13 of 47 sites (27.7%) with fewer than 12 months of on-site development; 14 of 48 sites (29.2%) with at least 12 but less than 24 months of on-site development; 2 of 4 sites (50.0%) with at least 24 but less than 36 months of on-site development; and 6 of 6 sites (100.0%) with 36 months or more of on-site development.  
Additional Source Information: Laboratory records and quarterly reports, 2003.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: September 2003
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity. Each Laboratory utilized a standardized, cross-Laboratory quality assurance protocol to review the data provided.Data verification by an independent contractor was conducted in 2002. The findings indicate that “overall given that adequate procedures and quality controls were in place, the REL Performance Indicator data for 2002 were found to be reliable, valid and accurately reported to OERI-IES.” (source: OERI/IES Performance Indicator Data Verification Project for The Regional Educational Laboratories: Final Report, prepared on December 31, 2002 by C&A Technologies)

Limitations: The Education Department relies on Laboratory records for these data.

Improvements: Continued improvement in data collection procedures to ensure consistency in reporting data.

 

Objective 8.2 of 2: Provide products and services and develop networks and partnerships in support of state and local reform.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 2: Customer Receipt of Products and Services: The circulation of products, receipt of services, and receipt of electronic material will increase annually from baseline levels.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of products, services, and electronic materials
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
# of Products to Clients # of Face-to-face Services Web Site Hits
# of Products to Clients # of Face-to-face Services Web Site Hits
1997
419,927 148,966 11,834,588
     
1998
988,055 178,555 19,305,052
     
1999
2,132,530 125,517 30,379,269
     
2000
1,635,492 127,162 35,828,628
     
2001
561,932 47,227 68,139,214
     
2002
979,223 80,827 210,383,738
     
2003
1,469,229 81,518 280,096,327
1,000 81,000 250,000
Status: Target exceeded

Progress: The previous year (2002) is a baseline year. Year 2001 was the first year of a new contract period and represents 6 months of data collection.

Explanation: The total number of individual contacts with the Laboratories (adding together products, services, and website hits) increased by 33% (from 211,443,788 in 2002 to 281,647,074 in 2003) because of continued increase in the use of the Web for dissemination as access to the Laboratories' websites continued to grow.In this report, the number of web page views was also reported as a second measure of receipt of electronic materials. The term page views (impressions) refers to client access to entire pages, but does not include a site's supporting graphic files. Using this new measure, the total number of individual contacts with the Laboratories (adding together products, services, and web page views) increased by 13% (from 43,128,451 in 2002 to 48,835,287 in 2003).The web site hits and page views include the 10 laboratory web sites plus the REL web site. Please note that the performance targets for Number of products to clients and Web-site hits should have been displayed as 1 million and 250 million respectively. PPMD system will not allow access to correct these administrative errors.  
Additional Source Information: Laboratory records and quarterly reports, 2003.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: September 2003
.Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity. Each Laboratory utilized a standardized, cross-Laboratory quality assurance protocol to review the data provided.Data verification by an independent contractor was conducted in 2002. The findings indicate that “overall given that adequate procedures and quality controls were in place, the REL Performance Indicator data for 2002 were found to be reliable, valid and accurately reported to OERI-IES.” (source: OERI/IES Performance Indicator Data Verification Project for The Regional Educational Laboratories: Final Report, prepared on December 31, 2002 by C&A Technologies)

Limitations: The Education Department relies on Laboratory records for these data.

Improvements: Continued improvement in data collection procedures to ensure consistency in reporting data.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 2: Quality of products and services: At least 90 percent of clients sampled will report laboratory products and services to be of high quality.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of clients rating products and services to be of excellent or good quality
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
90
90
1998
90.10
90
1999
88.30
90
2000
84.30
90
2001
93.20
90
2002
92.10
90


Explanation: By mutual agreement with IES, data relevant to quality of products and services will be collected and reported bi-annually. Because these data were last reported in 2002, no new data are being reported by the Laboratories for 2003.  
Frequency: Biennially.


 

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