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Our Team's Recent Initiatives (selected)

The Methods Lab


  • Authors: K. L. K. Koskey & I. K. Weigold
    Title: Experimental Research
    Source: In S. Flynn’s (Ed.) Research Design in the Behavioral Sciences: An Applied Approach (in press!)
  • Authors: K. Provinzano, T. A. Sondergeld, A. A. Ammar, & A. Meloche
    Title: A Community School Reform Initiative for Middle Grades Urban and Newcomer Students: Using Mixed Methods to Examine Student Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes Over Time and Compared to A Matched Sample
    Source: Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (2020)
  • Authors: K. L. K. Koskey, N. Makki, W. A. Ahmed, N. Garafolo, & D. Visco
    Title: Reliability and Validity Study of the Engineering Concept Assessment Modified for Middle School Level: Application of the Multi-facet Rasch Model
    Source: School Science and Mathematics (2020)
  • Authors: T. A. Sondergeld & C. C. Johnson
    Title: Development and Validation of a 21st Century Skills Assessment: Using an Iterative Multimethod Approach
    Source: School Science and Mathematics (2019)
  • Authors: C. C. Johnson, T. A. Sondergeld, & J. Walton
    Title: A Study of the Implementation of Formative Assessment by Master Teachers in Three Large Urban Districts
    Source: American Educational Research Journal (2019)

Research Workshops

  • Topic: Mixed Methods Research Design (Summer 2019)
    Providers: Dr. Kristin Koskey & Dr. Sandra Spickard-Prettyman (Culture Catalyst)
    Learners: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce

Problem Solving Measures (PSM) For Grades 3 – 8

  • Funder: National Science Foundation
    Developing & Evaluating Assessments of Problem Solving (DEAP) (Award No. 1720646)
    Collaborators: Bowling Green State University & MetriKs Amérique
    Project: Development and validation of six measures aligned to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, as well as score interpretation reports for teachers at the classroom level.
    Impact: Since 2014, about 7,000 students completed a PSM across more than 10 Ohio school districts. These tests are undergoing Ohio Department of Education Approved Vendor Assessment consideration to be used in the student growth assessment system.

21st Century Skills Assessment Global Rating Scale

  • Funder: Department of Defense
    Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
    Collaborators: Dr. Carla C. Johnson
    Project: Development and validation of assessments of growth in middle school, high school, and undergraduate students’ 21st Century Skills.
    Impact: Since 2016, 5 AEOPs have assessed about 1,500 middle school, high school, and undergraduate students in programs across the United States. The assessment is available for public use in the journal of School Science and Mathematics

Assessment Workshops

  • Topic: Developing High Stakes Test Items for Surgical National Board Certification (2007 - 2019)
    Providers: Dr. Gregory Stone, Dr. Toni Sondergeld, & Dr. Kristin Koskey
    Learners: American Osteopathic Board of Surgery & American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology

Grant/Program Evaluations (Selected/Recent)

  • Project Title: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Apprenticeships
    Awarded To: North Carolina State University
    Funder: U.S. Department of Labor
  • Project Title: Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP)
    Awarded To: Purdue University
    Funder: U.S. Department of Labor
  • Project Title: CyberCorps Mentoring and Scholarship Program (CMSP)
    Awarded To: Drexel University
    Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Project Title: Affording Opportunities for Success for First Generation, Economically Disadvantaged STEM Students with Emphasis on Appalachia
    Awarded To: The University of Akron
    Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Project Title: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
    Awarded To: Bowling Green State University
    Funder: U.S. Department of Education
  • Project Title: Army’s Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP)
    Awarded To: Battelle Memorial Institute & Consortium
    Funder: U.S. Department of Defense
  • Project Title: Partnership to Improve Physics Instruction Through Inquiry
    Awarded To: The University of Akron
    Funder: Ohio Board of Regents
  • Project Title: Science and Literacy for Success
    Awarded To: The Academy of Natural Sciences
    Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services