Practice Areas

Education

Insight conducts rigorous research and evaluation studies and provides customized technical assistance. We work with federal and state education agencies, school districts, and private foundations to improve educational outcomes.

Featured Projects

  • College and Career Readiness

    Many of our projects help stakeholders identify educational outcomes that link to college and career readiness.

    Expanding Access to Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses

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    Expanding Access to Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses

    Insight conducted the formative evaluation of the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium, a network of 29 high schools and 5 colleges led by the Niswonger Foundation.

    Linking Data to Track Program Outcomes

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    Linking Data to Track Program Outcomes

    Insight collaborated with staff from Kentucky’s education data warehouse to describe data elements related to students’ participation and performance in dual enrollment programs and dual credit courses.

  • Statistical Services

    Our statistical research gives clients practical results.

    Improving the Efficiency and Quality of Peer Review

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    Improving the Efficiency and Quality of Peer Review

    Insight examined challenges with the National Science Foundation’s merit review process and investigated the effects of five pilot programs that addressed the challenges.

    Improving Program Monitoring Systems

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    Improving Program Monitoring Systems

    Federal agencies often need reports from their grantees on the long-term impact of Federal grant funding, but they collect information only during the funding period—before many outcomes are known. Insight worked with federal agencies to recommend best practices for fielding grantee surveys to collect additional information.

    Supporting the National Center for Education Statistics

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    Supporting the National Center for Education Statistics

    Insight is analyzing recent data from many large-scale sample surveys, including the 2011–12 administration of the Schools and Staffing Survey and the 2016 administration of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

  • Student Success

    Many of our research projects identify paths to student success.

    Implementing Personalized Learning to Improve Student Performance

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    Implementing Personalized Learning to Improve Student Performance

    Insight examined the effects of blended learning—the combination of traditional face-to-face learning with online instruction—to track student and teacher performance in a pilot for high school Algebra 1.

    Expanding Access and Gender Equity in Science and Engineering

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    Expanding Access and Gender Equity in Science and Engineering

    In a review of NSF’s Gender in Science and Engineering program, which strategically invests in building resources, Insight measured contributions to knowledge capital, human capital, and social capital.

    A Comprehensive Study on Florida Middle School Performance

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    A Comprehensive Study on Florida Middle School Performance

    In response to Florida’s performance on the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), House Bill 293 required the Florida Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive study of states in which fourth- and eighth-grade students performed well on the NAEP. The objective was to identify factors that might support achievement in Florida schools, and Insight was contracted to conduct this study.

  • Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

    Our evaluations reveal significant findings that promote teacher effectiveness.

    Middle Grades Teachers’ Education and Certification Qualifications

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    Middle Grades Teachers’ Education and Certification Qualifications

    Using data from the 2011–12 SchoolsandStaffingSurvey, Insight examined the percentages of teachers who have a major or certificate in their main assignments in12 broad subjectareas and 6 subfields.

    Sources of Newly Hired Teachers

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    Sources of Newly Hired Teachers

    Insight examined the sources of newly hired teachers to explain gaps in their qualifications, their past work skills and life experiences, their diversity, and the success of specific recruitment methods.

    Changes in Teacher Autonomy, Commitment, and Satisfaction Before and After No Child Left Behind

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    Changes in Teacher Autonomy, Commitment, and Satisfaction Before and After No Child Left Behind

    Insight identified the correlation between teacher autonomy and commitment as they relate to implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

    Helping Instructional Coaches Implement Simulated Workplace

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    Helping Instructional Coaches Implement Simulated Workplace

    By facilitating workshops on changing school and workplace culture, Insight linked elements of positive school culture to protocols of the Simulated Workplace initiative and assisted coaches in developing strategic plans for their schools.

  • Workforce Development

    Our evaluations of workforce initiatives help give direction to educational efforts.

    Improving the Advanced Technician Workforce

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    Improving the Advanced Technician Workforce

    In this evaluation of NSF’s Advanced Technological Education grant program, Insight is identifying the programs, practices, and approaches that hold the most promise for best preparing new technicians.

    Implementing Innovative Work Based Learning Programs, such as the Simulated Workplace Initiative

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    Implementing Innovative Work Based Learning Programs, such as the Simulated Workplace Initiative

    Through the Regional Education Laboratory Program in Appalachia, Insight is working with the West Virginia Workforce Readiness Alliance to support the design and implementation of an evaluation of the Simulated Workplace initiative.

    The Role of Scholarships in Increasing Employment in Engineering, Sciences, and Mathematics

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    The Role of Scholarships in Increasing Employment in Engineering, Sciences, and Mathematics

    Insight is evaluating two scholarship programs within the Office of Education at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.