John Smithson


John L. Smithson is a researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, where he has worked for the past fifteen years on developing indicators of classroom practice and instructional content.

Dr. Smithson has worked on several federal and state funded research projects investigating changes in classroom instruction based upon various reform initiatives. Studies that he has participated in include the CPRE studies: Reform-Up-Close; A classroom analysis, and the Upgrading Mathematics Project.

More recently he has worked on expanding the data tools provided through the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) data collection and reporting system housed at WCER (see Measures of the Enacted Curriculum), and is currently engaged in a re-design of the SEC website.

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information
Phone: (608) 263-4354
Office: 461B Ed Sciences

Current Projects

Complex Equations: Algebra Instructions in the Common Core Era

Completed Projects

Improving Alignment Tools for Enhanced, More Accessible Assessments: Development of an Electronic, Automated Alignment Analysis System for States
Adding Value to the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Evaluations
Longitudinal Design to Measure Effects of MSP Professional Development in Improving Instruction in Mathematics and Science Education
Measures of the Enacted Curriculum
Modern Red SchoolHouse SEC Initiative
Improving Methods of Analyzing Alignment of Instruction to Assessments and Standards for English Language Learners and Analyzing Relationship of Alignment to Student Achievement
A Proposal to Conduct and Support Data Collection, Reporting, Analysis and Research Associated with the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
Measuring Effects of a School-Based Data-Driven Professional Learning Model on Raising Mathematics Achievement in Low-Performing Secondary Schools
What Makes Schools Work Study
Measures of the Enacted Curriculum
Develop Instrumentation to Analyze Fidelity of Instruction for Students with Disabilities in Relation to Assessments and Standards