As a subcontractor for WestEd, IMPAQ conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections (RAWC) program for the U.S. Department of Education. We examined the first year of RAWC in middle schools in two of the four RAWC states: Indiana and Pennsylvania.
We also investigated its overall implementation in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. Our work included collecting and analyzing teacher feedback on RAWC professional development and implementing Reading Apprenticeship.
We used a mixed methods approach and worked closely with program developers to collect actionable information for program improvement. Our team included senior researchers and analysts with decades of experience in mixed methods research, survey design, sampling, and education domain expertise.
We have worked previously with WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative on projects evaluating the impact of other Reading Apprenticeship programs. Our knowledge of the literacy initiative, along with our background in the implementation of professional development programs designed to support educators in improving student outcomes, well-positioned us for success on this project.
The Strategic Literacy Initiative, WestEd. (2016). Evaluation of Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections (RAWC). Oakland, CA: Levin, S., Pyatigorsky, M., Saunders, B., Ortiz, L., Chan, V., Saltares, E., Lai, F. & Abe, Y.