From 2007 to 2014, Cambridge Education implemented Tripod surveys through its partnership with Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson of Harvard University. Dr. Ferguson and Rob Ramsdell were the professional leads for the survey portion of the MET project and Cambridge Education managed all data collection related to the Tripod® survey, which was used in the project to measures students’ perception of their classroom experience.
In 2014 Dr. Ferguson co-founded Tripod Education Partners, which now delivers Tripod surveys across the US and internationally. Tripod administers student surveys to gather, organize, and report on student perceptions at the classroom level. Tripod’s 7Cs™ survey components provide feedback about key dimensions of teaching practice and Tripod surveys also cover topics including student engagement, dimensions of social and emotional learning (SEL), and school climate.
- Read about the Student Perceptions component of the project in the paper Student Perceptions and the MET Project.
- For more information about the Tripod survey, contact Rob Ramsdell at [email protected] or 617-221-8885 x 104.
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.
- Read about the Classroom Observation component of the project in the paper Classroom Observations and the MET Project.
- For more information about ETS and its role in the project, contact [email protected].
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.
- Read about the Validation Engine component of the project in the paper Validation Engine for Observational Protocols.
- For more information about Empirical Education and its role in the project, contact 1-888-486-8886 or [email protected].
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.
- Read about the Teacher Knowledge component of the project in the paper Content Knowledge for Teaching and the MET Project.
- For more information about the Learning Mathematics for Teaching Project, visit http://sitemaker.umich.edu/lmt/home.
The New Teacher CenterThe 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.
- Read about the Teacher Perceptions component of the project in the paper Teachers' Perceptions and the MET Project.
- For more information about the New Teacher Center and its role in the project, call 919-806-2200 or visit http://www.newteachercenter.org/tlcsurvey/index.php.
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 [email protected].