Statewide Surveys of Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services

Every school year, states ask parents of students receiving special education services to reflect on whether their child’s school facilitates parent involvement as a means for improving services and results for children with disabilities. States report this information (Indicator 8 of their State Performance Plan) to the Office of Special Education Programs, as a part of federal reporting requirements for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.

Gibson Consulting Group has worked with state education agencies in Texas and New Hampshire to execute this effort, and to assist school districts in those states with understanding and making use of their survey results … read more.

Making Meaning Out of All This: Qualitative Data Analysis Training

After completing the data collection phase of a mixed-methods or qualitative project, researchers are often faced with a vast amount of data, and a single, sometimes overwhelming question: How do I make meaning out of all of this?

Gibson’s researchers were excited about a recent opportunity to help 18 doctoral and postdoctoral students at Southern Methodist University (SMU) answer this question. Various project teams in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development were about to embark on the analytic phase of their own research projects, all including large amounts of interview, observational, and/or focus group data. Some of these students and staff also needed to understand how to incorporate quantitative data points into their qualitative analyses … read more.

Spring 2018 Conference Presentation: What Factors Predict the Success of Hispanic Students in Postsecondary STEM Majors?

Mr. Marshall Garland

Dr. Amie Rapaport

Dr. Amie Rapaport and Mr. Marshall Garland from our Research and Evaluation Group will present at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) being held in New York City from April 13, 2018 – April 17, 2018 … read more.

Dashboards as Storytelling

When most people hear the term dashboard, they probably think about speed dials and other indicators on the control panel of their vehicle. In recent years, data dashboards have gained popularity, and many people see them as similar to those indicators on their car, informing them about the status of a particular function or area of interest. At Gibson, dashboards mean something more. To us, dashboards represent a journey of discovery that ultimately ends in the telling of a story … read more.