Spencer-WTGF RFP: Making a Difference: Examining Classrooms Practices in Middle School English Language Arts

Is it possible to identify and accurately measure the instructional practices of middle school English/language arts classrooms that predict classroom effects on student achievement?

With this grant, Grossman and Loeb will test an observational measure of English/Language Arts instruction that they have developed to supplement the CLASS system. The measure, Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observation (PLATO), includes 10 dimensions of instruction. Building on an initial pilot that incorporated classroom observations, teacher logs, and student work samples, the team will expand their observational study to a sample of 220 6th–8th grade English/language arts teachers in New York City. The analysis will focus on instructional practices that predict teachers’ impact on changes in student achievement.

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