PreK-12 Public Education Evaluations


Active Projects


Engaging Schools

Engaging Schools is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with middle and high school leaders to create positive school communities. Through professional development, resources, and coaching, Engaging Schools staff help school personnel to develop equitable schoolwide discipline systems and ways to support students academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Evaluation Center is collaborating with Engaging Schools to develop comprehensive logic models to describe their work. Evaluators are also assisting with the identification of appropriate instruments that align with the goals of the Engaging School and the development of a rigorous evaluation plan to assess program impact.


Englewood Public Schools – STEM Workforce Development

(2017 – Present)

Englewood Schools is implementing a K-12 education program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The goals of the program are to prepare a well-qualified pool of diverse applicants for careers in STEM and to promote school improvement. Through support from the Gill Foundation, The Evaluation Center is designing and implementing a comprehensive evaluation plan guided by nine questions:

  1. To what extent do teachers gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement project-based learning in STEM education?
  2. To what extent do teachers implement the instructional and curricular models with fidelity?
  3. What evidence exists that teachers serve as effective facilitators providing students with technology-rich experiences in STEM content, skills, and career exploration?
  4. What evidence exists that students are engaged in STEM project-based learning?
  5. To what extent to students gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to STEM content and awareness of STEM careers?
  6. To what extent do students demonstrate academic persistence and achievement?
  7. What evidence exists that graduates will pursue STEM-related higher education and careers?
  8. What evidence exists that schools are transformed as a result of the implementation of project-based STEM education?
  9. To what extent does Englewood Public Schools (EPS) provide students with comprehensive K- 12 opportunities in STEM education? What are the essential elements for the success of this model?

Evaluators conduct surveys and site visits to measure teachers’ perceptions of their professional development and effective implementation of the model. The evaluation includes assessment of students’ interest in STEM careers and review of students’ achievement and academic progress. Evaluators interview school personnel to assess the systemic impact of the program.

Past Projects

Big Green:School Garden Communities

(2017 – 2018)

Study of the impact of student participation in school garden communities, curriculum, and internships in five states.

Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)

(2014 – 2018)

Study of the impact of the GALS curriculum and school model on students’ self-efficacy and achievement.

Literacy & Language Development for English Language Learners

(2014 – 2018)

Measurement of the impact of this certificate program at CU Denver.

Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program

(2013 – 2018)

Summative evaluation of the leadership program, specifically looking at the program’s impact on leadership development and increased sphere of influence of participants in the ECE community.

Pueblo Innovation Schools

(2014 – 2016)

Qualitative study at three Pueblo middle schools to assess the impact of the innovation schools model for teachers and students.

ECE Enhanced: Early Literacy and Language Development for Young English Language Learners

(2012 – 2014)

A mixed-methods study of the effectiveness of the courses and the impact on students.

eLearning Communities for Academic Language Learning in Math and Science (eCALLMS)

(2012 – 2014)

Mixed methods evaluation that provided formative information to program leaders.

Denver Public School’s Innovation Schools

(2010 – 2013)

Study of nineteen innovation or autonomous schools in the Denver Public School system to the impact of innovation status on teachers and students.
2012 – 2013 Innovation Schools Report – Full Report
Progress of Innovation Schools in DPS: Year Two of an Evaluation Study – Full Report
2010 – 2011 Innovation Schools Report – Full Report
2010 – 2011 Innovation Schools Report – Executive Summary

Junior Achievement – Igniting the American Spirit

(2010 – 2013)

Summative evaluation looking at student attitudes, content knowledge, and academic progression of students in this Junior Achievement program.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

(2010 – 2012)

Evaluation of the Healthy Weight Initiative that provides guidelines for pre-school educators.

Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC)

(2005 – 2012)

Various evaluation activities aimed at examining specific program components such as the impact of training on school leadership teams, the importance of internal lab classrooms, and the fidelity of implementation of professional development.

Denver Public Schools Professional Compensation System for Teachers (ProComp)

(2008 – 2011)

A multi-year study of the impact of ProComp on student achievement, recruitment and retention of quality teachers, and implementation of a sustainable compensation system.

Final Report:
Executive Summary: Making a Difference in Education Reform, ProComp External Evaluation Report
Final Report: Making a Difference in Education Reform, ProComp External Evaluation Report

Denver Public Schools Parent Engagement Measurement

(2011 – 2011)

Focus groups with parents concerning the merit of proposed indicators of parent engagement in schools.

Improving Teacher’s 21st Century Assessment Practices (ITCAP)

(2010 – 2010)

Study of the impact of ITCAP professional development training at one Boulder Valley school (Colorado Department of Education).

Scholars for Knowledge in Learning and Leadership Mathematics Science Partnership (SKILL)

(2008 – 2010)

Three year study of the impact of the SKILL summer internship for Denver Public Schools math/science teachers paired with laboratory researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center campus. (Colorado Department of Education)

Aurora Lights


Evaluation of program to support students seeking health careers funded by in the Aurora Public Schools (Health Resources and Services Administration).

Colorado Children’s Campaign – Colorado Small Schools Initiative (CSSI)


Summative evaluation of the Colorado Small School Initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that was implemented by the Colorado Children’s Campaign 2001-2006.

Professional Learning Access in Science & Math through Internet Delivery (PLASMID)

(2008 – 2009)

Study of impact of online professional development for middle school math teachers in rural areas of Colorado. (Colorado Department of Education)

Passage Works


Evaluation of a 9th grade transition to high school program in Denver Public Schools.

Learn & Serve Colorado

(2006 – 2008)

Study of the impact of service learning on student achievement (Colorado Department of Education)

Rocky Mountain Math Science Middle School Project (RM-MSMSP)

(2005 – 2008)

Data collection for evaluation of math and science advanced courses for middle school teachers (National Science Foundation).

Colorado Consortium for Data Driven Decisions (C2D3)

(2007 – 2008)

Study of the impact of C2D3 professional development training on participant’s perceptions, classroom implementation, and the achievement of their students. (Colorado Department of Education).

Wyoming Leadership Academy

(2006 – 2007)

Evaluation of principal professional development (University of Wyoming)

Aurora Public Schools


Data analyses on correlation of physical fitness and academic achievement

Elizabeth Public Schools


Survey of community members concerning school services.

University Center for Atmospheric Research


Evaluation of the Trainer Certification Program for teachers using the Global learning & Observation to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE).


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