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North Carolina’s successful proposal to secure funding via the United States Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RttT) grant program includes an evaluation of the initiatives outlined in the proposal. This evaluation is taking place over the full term of the grant (2010-2015) and is designed to provide formative feedback for program improvement and to determine impact on the...

The Evaluation Team at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University has partnered with the SERVE Center at University of North Carolina Greensboro (Years 1 and 2) and Carolina Institute of Public Policy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Years 1 through 3) to conduct an evaluation the Golden Leaf Foundation’s STEM Initiative. The Initiative...

MISO is a North Carolina State University campus-wide project funded by the National Science Foundation, under Grant No. DRL 1038154.  This project seeks to determine the collective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) impact of the university through its pre-college outreach and extension programs. The MISO project team works to creatively integrate NC’s longitudinal student and teacher databases with an innovative approach...

Student Learning Conditions Survey (2009-2011) At the request of the Office of the Governor, the Friday Institute Evaluation Team developed and validated a Student Learning Conditions Survey (SLCS), which provides data on middle school and high school student perspectives. The SLCS data will enable analyses of changes in student perspectives across years at the school, district, and state levels, which...

Online communities of practice for educators utilize networking technologies to increase communication, collaboration, and support among teachers, administrators, researchers, and other related professionals.  These online communities enable educators to gain equitable and easy access to experts, resources, and materials to enhance their professional practice.

The primary goal of the IMPACT evaluations is to determine whether the implementation of the IMPACT model of integrating technology into teaching and learning in North Carolina K-12 schools makes a significant difference in student outcomes, such as achievement and behaviors such as absenteeism, and teacher outcomes, such as level of technology integration in classroom teaching and technology skills. The...

In the spring of 2008, the North Carolina State Board of Education awarded a contract to the Friday Institute to conduct a 3-year evaluation of the NC 1:1 Learning Technology Initiative (NC1:1LTI) pilot schools. The overall goal of the initiative is to utilize technology to improve teaching practices, increase student achievement, and better prepare students for work, citizenship, and life...

As part of a competitive grant competition run by Athabasca University (Principal Investigator: George Siemens), and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the purpose of the MOOC Research Initiative was to advance understanding of the role of MOOCs in the education sector and how emerging models of learning will influence traditional education. This study leveraged the Friday Institute’s...

At the request of NCDPI, the Friday Institute Evaluation Team conducted an evaluation of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). NCVPS offers online courses to students across the state of North Carolina, including Advanced Placement (AP), world language, and credit recovery courses. The purpose of the NCVPS evaluation was to provide information to NCVPS administration to improve their existing...