Our Work

K-12 Curriculum Studies

Since the passage of No Child Left Behind schools, districts and states have become more accountable for student learning in the classroom. There are many factors that can impact student success, however publishers of curriculum materials must demonstrate the efficacy of their programs so their materials can be used in the classroom. We understand how important it is that students have access to high quality curriculum in their classrooms, which allows them to have the highest probability of success in school. Therefore, each year we conduct rigorous studies of curriculum products in classrooms throughout the U.S. These studies are often experimental designs, or Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), which are designed to meet the highest standards of the What Works Clearinghouse. Please click here for descriptions of past and current studies of curricular programs that we have conducted, as well as more information on how to participate in future studies. Cobblestone’s founder and president, Dr. Rebecca Eddy, recently co-edited a volume of New Directions for Evaluation that discusses the impact that No Child Left Behind has had on the evaluation profession. For more information about this volume or to order a copy, please follow this link.

Higher Education Program Evaluations

Our work focuses on the entire range of the educational spectrum, from pre-K-12 programs through college graduation and career development. Many of our clients receive funding to support undergraduate student success in the higher education setting, particularly success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs. Often, programs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education, specifically from Title V which was established to support Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).
We conduct evaluations of federally-funded and privately funded programs that support undergraduate students to help determine which program components are effective at improving student success, retention, graduation, and ultimately success in the workplace. Please click here for descriptions and sample client reports of some programs that we have recently evaluated.

The Intersection of K-12 and Higher Education

Additionally, we evaluate programs that aim to improve K-12 student math and science achievement through increasing the number of mathematically and scientifically talented individuals entering the teaching profession. Often these programs receive funding from the National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowship. Individuals in these programs receive professional development and financial support in exchange for committing to teach in a high-needs school for a minimum of four years. Please click here for descriptions of two such programs.