National Forum's i3 Schools to Watch Transformation Network Project

CPRD serves as the evaluation team for the U.S. Department of Education's $5 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant awarded to the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The National Forum's project works with 18 low-performing middle-grades schools in three states (Illinois, California, and North Carolina) to implement the Forum's innovative "Schools to Watch" program using a multi-layered system of support and a comprehensive set of school improvement strategies to improve student achievement. After identifying specific areas for improvement, the program assigned a coach to work with each school. CPRD uses qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate how well the program closes the achievement gap for high-need students. The evaluation team also works collaboratively with project leaders and schools to demonstrate best practices for data-based decision making. In addition to the National Forum, project partners include the Association of Illinois Middle-Level Schools, the California League of Middle Schools, the North Carolina Middle School Association, and the Academy for Educational Development.