Center for Urban Education

Center for Urban Education

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The mission of the Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State University is to promote academic success, wellness, and equity in P-20 urban education in Northeast Ohio and beyond through research, evaluation, and technical assistance. The Center is a founding member of the Cleveland Alliance for Education Research (CAER), a research-practice partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the American Insititutes for Research supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Center announcements can be found below, and additional information about the Center can be found on the left sidebar menu. 

Center Awarded Research Grant from Institute of Education Science

The Center, as part of the Cleveland Alliance for Education Research (CAER), was awarded a $1.4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to develop and study a youth participatory action research (YPAR) program in Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools. YPAR engages young people in original research that generates evidence to inform change in their schools and communities. A team of CAER researchers, CMSD teachers, and CMSD students will collaboratively design a school-based YPAR program and study its impact on participating students and schools. The study is being led by Center Director Adam Voight, and the co-principal investigators are Molly Buckley-Marudas of Cleveland State University, Matthew Linick of the American Institutes for Research, and Joshua Terchek of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. 

Center Awarded Research Grant from William T. Grant Foundation

The Center, as part of a collaborative with the Univeristy of California, Berkeley and the University of Colorado, was awarded a $500,000 research grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study youth participatory action research (YPAR) in several school districts in California (Hemet, San Francisco, Stockton), Colorado (Denver), New Jersey (Kingsway, Delsea), and Ohio (Cleveland). YPAR engages young people in original research that generates evidence to inform change in their schools and communities. This study will focus specifically on how and whether the research evidence created by young people is used by adult decision-makers. It will examine whether contextual factors in schools and districts and characteristics of adults, youth researchers, and the research itself make it more or less likely that YPAR evidence be used. The study is being led by Emily Ozer at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-principal investigators are Center Director, Adam Voight, and Ben Kirshner at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Center Releases Annual Greater Cleveland School Performance Report

Every year, upon the release of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) School Report Cards, the Center generates a list of the best peforming elementary and middle schools in Greater Cleveland that takes into account student demographics. The ODE Report Card give schools grades meant to reflect their performance, but many of the indicators used to assign grades, like Performance Index (PI), are based on student standardized test scores. Student performance on achievement tests is determined by many things, most of which have nothing to do with how teachers teach or how schools are organized. At least 80% of an Ohio school’s PI score is explained by factors that are out of a school’s control, like students’ socioeconomic status and disabilities. This Center report presents a different way of thinking about school performance that focuses on the factors over which schools have some control and does not penalize them for the hardships and barriers that their students bring with them to school. Click here to read the report.