News from WCER

Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know

February 7, 2011

In a newly published book, Douglas Harris sets out to help educators and policy makers understand the complex subject of value-added measurement.


Managing the Human Resource System in Schools

January 31, 2011

A new book by Allan Odden offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to address what is known as “talent and human capital.”


Evaluating Literacy Instruction in Milwaukee

January 24, 2011

Staff from the Value-Added Research Center are evaluating The Milwaukee Community Literacy Project (MCLP).


Comparing Adequacy Across 50 States

January 15, 2011

Until now, no one has tried to estimate the costs of educational adequacy across all 50 states using a common method applied in a consistent manner. UW-Madison education professor Allan Odden and colleagues have realized that goal.


Research Into Practice

January 10, 2011

WCER researcher Susan Millar works to harness the power of computer games to help diabetes patients better manage their illness.


Games and Simulations in Informal Science Education

January 3, 2011

Video games and simulations have emerged as an important cultural and educational medium.


Scientific Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure

December 27, 2010

School districts are building data systems and infrastructure to handle the complex requirements of data-driven decision making.


Equity and Inclusion Project Supports Black Male Athletes

December 20, 2010

Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab) works to cultivate equity and inclusion in higher education.


Classroom Collaboration Supports Mathematical Generalizations

December 15, 2010

In mathematics classrooms, generalization is an important part of the curriculum.


Single-Case Research: A Guide for Visual Analysis

December 13, 2010

Analyzing data visually from single-case designs can be challenging for researchers because there is often a lack of agreement among judges.


Linking Curricular Changes to Achievement

December 6, 2010

Modifications to a curriculum affect student achievement.


WCER Partners with WI Technical College System

November 29, 2010

Allen Phelps and colleagues are working with the Wisconsin Technical College System to advance the state’s capacity for delivering high-quality, advanced manufacturing education.


Online Lab to Prepare Students for College Writing

November 22, 2010

The Minority Student Achievement Network is developing an interactive, on-line writing lab to help high school juniors and seniors complete school assignments and help prepare them for college level writing.


How Does Mentoring Affect Student Career Choices?

November 15, 2010

A new multidisciplinary mentoring program bridges theory, research, and practice to increase and diversify the number of college students who pursue science careers.


Research is Important, but so is Teaching

November 15, 2010

Some federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), have begun demanding visible, practical results of funded research.