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Publications, Policy Briefs, and Presentations

2019 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference (July 25th, 2019)

Washington D.C.

The Path From A Research Agenda To Actionable Outcomes

A research agenda can be used to facilitate research that is beneficial to students in Mississippi.  This presentation discussed the research process of development and agenda implementation, and some examples of research projects that have recently been executed using the agenda as a guide. 


2019 The Association for Education Finance and Policy 44th Annual Conference (March 22, 2019)

Kansas City Missouri.

The Impact of Racial Congruence on Student Performance 

Racial congruence is demonstrated to have significant effects on student achievement.  Other teacher factors, such as years of experience and degree type, also play a role.  This study examined the impact of racial congruence and other individual teacher factors on student performance.  Student Performance was assessed using scores from middle and high school assessments as the primary metric. 

2018 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference (July 26th, 2018)

Washington D.C.

“Impact of Pre-Kindergarten Programs on Student Performance in Early Schooling in the State of Mississippi”

Attending an Early Learning Collaborative center (ELC) improves preschoolers’ kindergarten readiness.  An overall positive trend was found based on three cohorts’ data.  An additional important finding is that the effect of ELC participation on Kindergarten Readiness Assessment outcomes grew more positive between 2014-2015 and 2016-2017.  This finding suggests a possible maturing of the program and an increase in program quality.  


2018 SLDS Webinar (May 4th, 2018)

“Where Are We Now? – Mississippi Research Agenda Progress”

The research agenda is driven by our State Board of Education’s strategic plan and the needs of program offices charged with its implementation.  This webinar discussed the current status, future expectations, and lessons learned from the research agenda. 


2018 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 43rd Annual Conference (March 16th, 2018)

Portland, Oregon

“Striving for Student Success: Impact of Early Learning Collaboratives Program in Mississippi”

This study examined the effectiveness of early learning collaboratives among Mississippi students.  The results indicated that students attending the Early Learning Collaboratives on average scored higher on the test at the end of pre-kindergarten and were more likely to be ready for kindergarten.


2018 SLDS Best Practice Conference (March 1st, 2018)

Washington D.C.

“Tell A Meaningful Story With Data Through Research – Impact of Early Learning Collaboratives Program in Mississippi”

This study examined differences in performance between ELC students and students enrolled in other Pre-K programs.  The results indicated that based on the data from the school year 2015-2016, the Early Learning Collaborative program in Mississippi performs effectively.