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Summer 2018

This summer the RESET project is running two reliability studies using many-faceted Rasch measurement on two new rubric–Developing Understanding of Procedures for mathematics and Comprehensive Decoding for reading. We’ve had a couple of publications accepted, and we have several under review.  Check our publications page! Thank you to all of the teachers who’ve shared video with us and to all of the raters who’ve dedicated hours to testing the rubrics.

Spring 2018 Update

We are wrapping up another year of video collection. Thank you again to all the teachers who are bringing us into their classrooms virtually.

We are preparing for two rubric testing studies with raters this summer. First, we are testing a mathematics instruction rubric–Developing Understanding of Procedures.  Later in the summer, we will be testing the Comprehensive Decoding Rubric for reading instruction.

We recently presented on our Explicit Instruction Rubric at the AERA conference in New York City.  This summer, we will be presenting our Reading for Meaning Rubric at the Society for Scientific Studies of Reading conference in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Winter 2017 Update

Are you a math teacher interested in receiving a stipend and helping with this project by submitting video of your instruction?  If you are, please contact Angie at

We are excited to announce that a paper describing the process we have used to develop the observation rubrics has been accepted for publication in Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.  We also have two other publications that are being developed–one describing the reliability of the Explicit Instruction rubric at different stages of development and one describing results of our pilot feedback study.

We are currently preparing to conduct reliability studies of a Comprehensive Decoding rubric for reading and a Developing Conceptual Understanding rubric for math. In the coming year, we plan to complete development of several more rubrics.  Please see the link to the left to find our current rubrics and list of those that are upcoming!

Summer 2017 Update

Even though school is out for most students and educators, a lot is happening with the RESET project this summer.  Here are the activities we are engaged in this summer:

–Expanding our testing of the Explicit Instruction rubric to a larger sample.

–Studying how the Explicit Instruction rubric might provide specific and informative feedback to teachers.

–Creating a users manual for the Reading for Meaning rubric.

–Preparing to test the Reading for Meaning rubric with a sample of videos and raters.

–Continuing development of other content specific rubrics.

Upcoming Presentations at Conferences

Council for Exceptional Children, April 2017, Boston–We will be presenting on the literature review process for creating rubric items that reflect evidence-based practices.

National Council on Measurement in Education, April 2017, San Antonio–We will be presenting the results of the generalizability studies and multi-facet Rasch analysis with the Explicit Instruction Rubric.

American Education Research Association, April 2017, San Antonio–We will be presenting on the research process for developing empirically derived descriptors for levels of performance on four rubrics: Explicit Instruction, Reading for Meaning, Fraction Computations, and Fraction Concepts.

Year 2 Kickoff!

We are excited to be starting our year two studies! We’ve used raters comments to develop descriptors for the Explicit Instruction rubric and are in the midst of a similar process for other rubrics.

We have kicked off a feedback to teachers study using the Explicit Instruction rubric, and we are piloting a study to link rubrics to student outcomes.

We still have space for a few more participants! Please contact us if you are interested!

New publication in Texas Education Review

We have a new publication, Issues in Evaluating Special Education Teachers: Challenges and Current Perspectives. You can find it in the special issue of Texas Education Review, Volume 4, Issue 1.  Here is a link:

Video collection update

Thank you for all of the great video we are receiving! Our goal is to reach 24,000 minutes of video by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. As of February 5th we are at 7, 632 minutes–almost 1/3 of the way!

RESET Underway

Thank you to the over 50 teachers who expressed interest in joining our research project! We currently have 42 teachers in three states involved in this work. We will need teachers during the next school year (2016-2017) as well, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in participating.


Project RESET (Recognizing Effective Special Education Teachers) is a federal grant with the purpose of developing a special education teacher evaluation rubric.  Our aim is to develop a rubric for teacher evaluation that reflects the work special education teachers do with unique populations in unique settings and that provides useful feedback to the teacher. The first rubrics will address the work you do with students with high incidence disabilities. Later, we will develop rubrics for other populations. We need the help of special education teachers to create a fair and valid evaluation rubric.

What we ask of you:

  • Record one lesson per week (such as 9:30 reading class every Wednesday)
  • Video will upload to a secure account, viewed only by the researchers and scorers. Your video will remain confidential.

Benefits for participation:

  • $500 stipend for participation through the first school year
  • Participating in a project that aims to create useful and relevant evaluation instruments for special education teachers

If you are interested, contact Laura at or Angie at