Evaluation of the i3 Northeast Tennessee College and Career Consortium Grant

Project Overview

Insight serves as a subcontractor to CNA Corporation for the evaluation of the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Consortium. The consortium is a partnership among 15 Local Education Agencies (representing 30 high schools) and several colleges/universities in Northeast Tennessee. The goals of the consortium are to increase access to rigorous courses—particularly in rural schools and for economically disadvantaged students—and increase college attendance, persistence, and completion through a number of programs and activities.

The evaluation methodology includes a quasi-experimental design using a matched comparison group to estimate the consortium’s impact on student advanced placement (AP) course participation, AP exam pass rates, ACT test scores, and college enrollment. It also includes a formative component to track progress on all programs and activities at the school and consortium levels and provide near real-time feedback on what is working in the schools. The study utilizes survey data from both consortium and comparison group schools; administrative datasets from Tennessee’s education commission; school staffing logs; Federal student aid application data; and interviews and discussions with counselors, teachers, and administrators.

For this study, Insight will:

  • Collect, analyze, and report on Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) data.
  • Monitor counseling activities and map and report on those activities.
  • Plan the evaluation of the text message campaign.
  • Monitor and report on the Algebra I blended learning project.
  • Assist in the design and administration of the schoolwide surveys of climate and leadership.
  • Conduct follow-up monitoring of teachers who participated in the summer professional development academies.
  • Collaborate in monitoring sustainability activities.
  • Develop quarterly reports for the Advisory Board.

Core Activities

Literature Reviews and Environmental Scans; Secondary Data Analysis; Survey Design and Implementation; Data Collection; Semi-Structured Interviews; Data Analysis and Simulations; Report Development and Presentation; Developing/Synthesizing Recommendations


The final report will be submitted in fall 2015.