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Strategic Districts

Partnership Initiative

In this era of accountability, Washington State school districts collect an unprecedented amount of data about their schools, teachers, and students. These efforts are consistent with current trends in state and federal policy, but it is not always clear exactly how district and school leaders can use these data to improve policy and practice in order to enhance student learning.

To address this problem, CEDR has created partnerships with Washington State school districts to support the productive use of data. The Strategic Districts Partnership Initiative (SDPI) is designed to provide school districts with additional analytic capacity and to assist them in building their own capacity to conduct research and implement evidence-based practice.

Using a combination of state and local data, SDPI can shed light on questions such as:

  • How effective are the teachers in a given district compared to the rest of the state?

  • Do reading specialists improve student outcomes?

  • How do different district reading curricula impact student learning?

Currently, the districts of Anacortes, Bellevue, Bethell, Kent, Nooksack, Odessa, Oroville, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma are participating in the SDPI. By sharing data with CEDR, districts contribute information that is vital to understanding the impact of current policies on students. With input from more districts in the state, CEDR will be able to apply rigorous research methods with adequate sample sizes to questions and concerns about the teachers and students in local schools.

If you are a district administrator interested in participating in the SDPI, please contact us at CEDR@uw.edu.

If you would like to learn more about ways you can support CEDR's work, please contact the Office of Advancement, at 206.221.7735 or CEDR@uw.edu.

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

TEACHER RECRUITMENT & SELECTION

A long-standing researcher-practitioner partnership between CEDR and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) has connected data collected during the teacher hiring process in SPS to later teacher outcomes in SPS and other district in Washington

SCHOOL RESOURCES &
EQUITY

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

POSTSECONDARY
EDUCATION

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER PREPARATION & LICENSURE

CEDR projects including the Teacher Education Learning Collaborative (TELC; www.telc.us), the Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), and others have investigated the connections between specific teacher preparation experiences and measures collected during teacher licensure and later outcomes for teacher candidates.

SPECIAL EDUCATION &
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

CEDR has participated in several projects related to the participation of students with disabilities in career and technical education (CTE) and the extent to which this participation predicts later outcomes

TEACHER LABOR
MARKETS 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEMS & LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

CEDR has studied processes and outcomes in the teacher labor market like teacher collective bargaining agreements, teacher quality gaps, and teacher layoffs and their connections to student achievement

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & EFFECTIVENESS

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER
PENSIONS

CEDR researchers have studied the teacher pension system in Washington and other states and investigated the connections between pensions systems and teachers' career paths and effectiveness.