The "Raising the Bar" Series on Louisiana's Education Policy Strategies to Support Students from Birth Through High School

Technical Appendix — Data Sources and Methods

by Elizabeth D. Steiner, Matthew D. Baird, Jill S. Cannon, Shelly Culbertson, Laura S. Hamilton, Maggie Q. Hannan, Julia H. Kaufman, Sophie Meyers

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This technical appendix describes the data sources, samples, and analytic methods used in a series of reports examining implementation and outcomes associated with Louisiana's education policy actions intended to support students from birth through graduation from high school. The series consists of four reports:

  • Raising the Bar for Early Childhood Education: Early Signals on How Louisiana's Education Policy Strategies Are Working for Early Childhood Providers and Community Networks (Jill S. Cannon, Sophie Meyers, and Julia H. Kaufman, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, RR-2303/1-BRAF, 2019)
  • Raising the Bar for K–12 Academics: Early Signals on How Louisiana's Education Policy Strategies Are Working for Schools, Teachers, and Students (Julia H. Kaufman, Elizabeth D. Steiner, and Matthew D. Baird, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, RR-2303/2-BRAF, 2019)
  • Raising the Bar for Teacher Preparation: Early Signals on How Louisiana's Education Policy Strategies Are Working Across the State (Maggie Q. Hannan, Laura S. Hamilton, and Julia H. Kaufman, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, RR-2303/3-BRAF, 2019)
  • Raising the Bar for Graduation Pathways to College and Work: Early Signals on How Louisiana's Education Policy Strategies Are Affecting College and Career Readiness (Shelly Culbertson, Matthew D. Baird, Sophie Meyers, and Julia H. Kaufman, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, RR-2303/4-BRAF, 2019).

As their titles indicate, each of the four reports focuses on a different topic that has been the focus of Louisiana's education policy reforms: early childhood education, K–12 academics, teacher preparation, and graduation pathways. Taken together, these reports provide an overview of how an ambitious set of interconnected state policies, introduced in 2012, are making their mark on teaching and learning in early childhood centers, schools, and teacher preparation institutions across the state.

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