Featured Projects

Evaluation of Program for Employment Training

The Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI) developed a program to recruit and train veterans and workers who were unemployed, underemployed, or displaced by foreign trade. CNA Education served as a third-party evaluator for the program, examining the program’s implementation and its effect on student outcomes. The evaluation found that the grant greatly expanded access to HL-SCI programs and increased the availability of academic supports, such as online booster modules that provide supplemental instruction to help students succeed. Read more

Bringing Rigorous Coursework to Rural Schools

The Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium aims to improve college and career readiness in rural schools by increasing students’ access to, participation in, and completion of advanced courses. Read more

Evaluation of Florida's Developmental Education Redesign

CNA Education researchers Dr. Christine Mokher and Dr. Julie Harris are supporting Florida State University as it evaluates the long-term outcomes of a recent developmental education reform of the Florida College System. Read more

Teacher and Principal Evaluation System Research in Maryland

CNA Education is helping the Maryland State Department of Education identify potential correlations between outcomes from its Teacher and Principal Evaluation Model and observable teacher characteristics. Read more

The CTE Equation in Florida and Tennessee

CNA Education examined whether career and technical education (CTE) programs in Florida and Tennessee are preparing students for high-growth/high-wage career fields. Read more

Appalachia Rising

This systematic review of data and research on education in middle Appalachia suggests that education opportunities and outcomes are improving in the region. The report also identifies continuing challenges and highlights the importance of Appalachian culture in education improvement initiatives. Read more

College-Ready by High School Graduation?

Under a 2011 statewide policy, Florida 11th graders who test just below “college-ready” must enroll in 12th-grade “college readiness and success” courses that the state hopes will prepare them for introductory college coursework. Read more

Applied Research and Technical Assistance for Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

CNA Education operates the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, part of a network of 10 such laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the REL Appalachia website.

Evaluation of TAACCCT Grant-Funded Manufacturing Employment Training Program

CNA Education is currently serving as the third-party evaluator for the Southwest SOLUTIONS program, which provides courses and on-the-job training for those interested in careers as maintenance technicians or process technicians. Read more

Teachers Using Data to Inform Practice and Improve Student Performance in Mathematics

The professional development program Using Data has teachers work together to analyze data on student performance, share expertise, try new ideas, and learn from content specialists. Read more

Linking Teaching Quality Back to Teacher Prep Programs

Increased availability of longitudinal data lets a state link specific teachers to their students’ achievement outcomes, as well as back to their teacher preparation programs. Can it help the state identify areas for teacher education reform? Read more

Mastery Learning

With the increased interest in mastery learning, schools are asking how to implement the approach. Research describing how the process plays out in today’s classrooms is limited, however. Read more

CTE vs. Remedial Academics

This 2009 study details the hurdles that must be overcome to increase the earnings of American workers through better education and training. For low-performing, low-income students, career and technical skills may be the better pathway. Read more

More Projects

  • Assessing Military Dependent Children’s Academic Opportunities
  • Understanding Value-Added Models and Measuring Teacher Performance
  • Spencer Foundation Initiative on Data Use and Educational Improvement
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • National Assessment of Career and Technical Education (NACTE)
  • Appalachian Technology in Education Consortium (ATEC)
  • Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Reports on Educational Challenges and Technical Assistance Needs
  • Strengthening Mathematics Skills at the Postsecondary Level
  • Establishing a High School on a College Campus: A Planning Tool
  • Critical Issues in Recruiting and Retaining High Quality Teachers