Teacher Quality Grants Texas, 2014-2016 (ICPSR 37102)

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Molly H. Weinburgh, Texas Christian University

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The Teacher Quality Grants Texas project was a broad, evaluative study with the goal of better understanding the professional growth in teachers who self-selected to participate in focused, long-term professional development in mathematics or science provided by the Teacher Quality Granting Program (TQGP). The TQGP, funded through No Child Left Behind (NCLB), aimed to improve the quality of teaching which, in turn, leads to improved student achievement.

The 2014-2016 cycle of this study includes administrative and qualitative data, much of which contain observation notes and comments from trained raters observing teachers in their classroom environments. The data also include ratings on classroom activities, organization, student attention, type of student cognition, instructional inquiry demonstrated by teacher, and types of assessment. Teachers in the classroom were also rated on instructional, discourse, assessment, and curriculum factors. Additional, the data contain pre- and post-scores of content tests taken by teachers at the high school level. Administrative data on teachers includes academic degree type, college hours in project topic area, whether teacher had an alternative emergency certificate, grade level(s) taught, teaching assignments related to grant topic area, certification exams passed before and after the grant project, teaching assignment after grant project, reason for leaving grant project, and number of project days and hours by year.

Additional qualitative data in this study includes participant reflective writings and interview transcripts. Teachers responded to a series of eight reflective prompts designed to elicit participant growth in subject matter, pedagogy, use of instructional technology, and development within a professional community of practice. A subset of teacher-participants were also interviewed by phone, during the summer following a year of grant participation.

Weinburgh, Molly H. Teacher Quality Grants Texas, 2014-2016. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-10-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37102.v1

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No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part A (24298)

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2014 -- 2016
2014-02-01 -- 2016-06-20
This collection is related to Teacher Quality Grants Texas, 2012-2014, ICPSR 36620. For similar study information and characteristics, please refer to both studies.

The purpose of this study was to better understand the professional growth in teachers who self-selected to participate in focused, long-term professional development in mathematics or science provided by the Teach Quality Granting Program (TQGP). In particular, the study aimed to document and better appreciate complex teacher development constructs such as leadership, use of new teaching tools, and habits of mind that brought value to TQGP participants and their students.

  • Content tests: Teacher-participants at the high school level took pre/post assessment of content, using instruments that were authored, administered, and graded by individual project directors.
  • Reflective writing: Teacher-participants were tasked during regularly scheduled professional development sessions to respond to a series of eight (8) reflective prompts designed to elicit participant growth in subject matter, pedagogy, use of instructional technology, and development within a professional community of practice.
  • Participant interviews: A subset of TQ teacher-participants were interviewed by phone, during the summer following a year of grant participation. These interviews were audio recorded and the audio files were sent to a professional transcribing company; the resulting word files were saved for analysis.
  • Classroom observations: A subset of teacher-participants were observed in their classroom setting. The nationally-recognized Electronic Quality of Inquiry Protocol (EQUIP) was used by raters who were trained and calibrated to use a specially-designed iPad application to record observation data.
  • Concept maps: Teacher-participants created pre/post concept maps in the summer and academic year. This format provided a holistic assess of growth in participants' conceptual understanding of project content.

The sample consists of a set of teachers (n=829) who self-selected to attend the Teacher Quality Grant professional development.

Longitudinal: Cohort / Event-based

Math and science teachers from Texas schools participating in the Teacher Quality Grants Program (TQGP).

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administrative records data, text, observational data, survey data

EQUIP- electronic quality of inquiry protocol

2018-10-01

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  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data are not weighted.

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