Evaluation of the Toolkit to Support Evidence-Based Algebra Instruction in Middle and High School - Recruitment Activities

ICR 202306-1850-008

OMB: 1850-0988

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Supporting Statement B
Supporting Statement A
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ED/IES ED-2023-SCC-0124
Evaluation of the Toolkit to Support Evidence-Based Algebra Instruction in Middle and High School - Recruitment Activities
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Regular 09/12/2023
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved
30 0
30 0
0 0

The current authorization for the Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) program is under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Part D, Section 174, (20 U.S.C. 9564), administered by the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE). The central mission and primary function of the RELs is to support applied research and provide technical assistance to state and local education agencies within their region (ESRA, Part D, section 174[f]). The REL program's goal is to partner with educators and policymakers to conduct work that is change-oriented and supports meaningful local, regional, or state decisions about education policies, programs, and practices to improve outcomes for students. IES requests clearance for activities to support the recruitment of school districts to participate in an efficacy study of a Toolkit to Support Evidence-Based Algebra Instruction in Middle and High School as part of the REL Central contract. A second OMB package, which will be submitted later this year, will request clearance for data collection instruments and the collection of district administrative data. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Algebra I proved challenging for many students because of the extensive abstract thinking it requires (Katz, 2007; Susa et al., 2014). To help students succeed in Algebra I, REL Central is developing a toolkit of professional learning supports to help Algebra I teachers learn about, make sense of, plan for, and implement three evidence-based Algebra I teaching practices that were identified in the related What Work Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide, "Teaching Strategies for Improving Algebra Knowledge in Middle and High School Students." The toolkit contains the following three parts: (1) Initial Diagnostic and On-going Monitoring Instruments, (2) Professional Development Resources, and (3) Steps for Institutionalizing Supports for Evidence-Based Practice. This study will assess whether implementing the toolkit improves teacher and student outcomes and will describe the implementation of the toolkit in study schools that use it. Using a school-level randomized controlled trial during the 2024–2025 school year, the study will estimate the impact of the toolkit on teachers’ self-efficacy and their understanding and use of the promising practices, as well as on students’ algebraic content knowledge, self-efficacy, and mathematical mindsets. To provide context for the impact estimates and inform future use of the toolkit, the study will also describe the implementation of the toolkit. The study plans to include 20 schools from three districts. To disseminate these findings, REL Central will produce a report for school leaders and teachers who are potential users of the toolkit.

PL: Pub.L. 107 - 279 174 Name of Law: Education Sciences Reform Act

Not associated with rulemaking

  88 FR 43330 07/07/2023
88 FR 62555 09/12/2023

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Evaluation of the Toolkit to Support Evidence-Based Algebra Instruction in Middle and High School-Recruitment Activities

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 30 0 0 30 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 30 0 0 30 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
This is a new data collection.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Amy Johnson 202 208-7849


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