Our Approach to ResearchThrough our research studies, Eskolta gathers existing student data (typically attendance, grade, and test data for students) and align this to data from surveys, interviews, and observations with staff, students, and parents. We have conducted research at the size of one classroom in one school to the size of more than 200 educators across the New York City school system. We are interested in our research being not just insightful but useful for the educators or policy makers it is being gathered for. To enable this, we not only share it in written form but also through presentations as it is gathered.
1. Research to apply quickly in context
Two of our research products are designed for immediate application in the context of the specific school or district we are supporting. These are intended as a guide for educators to adjust practice in response to learning.
Analytic reports provide quantitative analysis of student data at the group and individual level, enabling educators to quickly discern trends and patterns that they can use to hone in on the needs of specific students. Typical examples are a report on trends in student grades after a new model of feedback or a report on the connection between student report of teacher practices and test scores.
2. Research to provide direct guidance on effective practice
Two of our research products are designed to provide educators with step-by-step recommendations and guidance on the implementation of promising and effective practices in schools. These summarize and present information so that it can easily be translated to implementation.
Tools & Guides
3. Research to encourage reflection on practice
Three of our research products are designed to provide educators with nuanced discussion and experiences from to spur discussion and reflection. Typically, these become tools for professional development and inquiry.