Connecticut COVID-19 Education Research Collaborative (CCERC)

Evaluation Projects

 
2020-21 Summer Enrichment Evaluation

The Summer Enrichment grant program supports summer enrichment and recreational opportunities to children across Connecticut, The Expansion and Innovation grants are designed to to facilitate students’ reengagement with their peers and provide opportunities for socialization and fun so that they can thrive in the 2021-22 school year. The evaluation uses mixed methods to assess the impact of summer enrichment programs on students’ social and emotional well-being as they enter the new school year. The study also examines the relationship between program features, activities and policies, and students’ well-being and satisfaction.

Researchers

  • Dr. Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Casey Cobb, University of Connecticut

Report

 

Remote Learning Audit

Senate bill 1202 that passed during the 2021 legislative session and was codified as Public Act 21-2ss requires the CSDE to conduct a comprehensive audit of the remote learning provided by local and regional boards of education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. This evaluation will (1) document the learning formats (e.g. remote, hybrid) that were provided to students; (2) describe the implementation of these learning formats and efforts to support them; (3) analyze student access to key supports such as mental health and nutrition; and (4) analyze key outcomes, including student performance, student absenteeism, and student physical and emotional outcomes. Frequently asked questions about the Remote Learning Audit.

Researchers

  • Dr. Michael Strambler, Yale University (PI)
  • Dr. Joy Kaufman, Yale University
  • Dr. Michael Young, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Stephen Ross, University of Connecticut

Report

  • Expected in Fall 2022

 

Learner Engagement and Attendance Program (LEAP)

In April, 2021 Governor Ned Lamont launched the Learner Engagement and Attendance Program (LEAP) to address student absenteeism and disengagement from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by $10.7 million in Connecticut’s Recovery  funding, this program provides home visiting for students who displayed high rates of absenteeism and disengagement during the 2020-21 schoolyear and their families. LEAP is focused on 15 Connecticut school districts and has three main objectives:

  • Bridge students back to their school communities for the final months of the 2020-21
    school year.
  • Support student enrollment in upcoming summer camps and summer learning
    programs.
  • Facilitate for families in need a seamless transition back into their school communities
    for the 2021-2022 school year.

This CCERC evaluation is expected to describe LEAP’s recipients and providers, analyze its
overall impact and variations by sub-groups, and examine recipients’ and providers’ experience
with this intervention.

Researchers

  • Dr. Steven Stemler, Wesleyan University (PI)
  • Dr. Eric Brunner, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Jacob Werblow, Central Connecticut State University

Report

  • Expected in Winter 2023
Needs Assessment of Bilingual Programs to Inform Statewide Planning

The CSDE is developing a Statewide Plan for multilingual learners (MLs). This plan will affirm Connecticut’s commitment to and goals for the state’s MLs and provide districts guidance on how to best serve these students. The CSDE has convened a workgroup of teachers and leaders from several high-incidence districts across the state to assist with the development of this plan. Bilingual programs are an important component of that plan. To assist the CSDE and the workgroup in the development of this plan, the CSDE  requests a comprehensive needs assessment that gathers perspectives from diverse stakeholders on bilingual programs. These stakeholders include teachers, students, parents, district and school leaders, and community agencies. The needs assessment should also synthesize some of the best practices of bilingual programs in Connecticut and around the country.

Researchers

  • TBD

Report

  • Expected Fall 2022