SOURCE: BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

May 06, 2008 09:00 ET

BELL Announces New Members of Evaluation Advisory Board

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) today announced the members of its 2008-2010 Evaluation Advisory Board. This group of renowned researchers, educators and policy analysts helps BELL maintain the stringent evaluation and assessment standards used in BELL's summer and afterschool programs.

The nine-member national Evaluation Advisory Board is an interdisciplinary group that guides, advises and endorses BELL's internal evaluation activities. BELL rigorously evaluates and tracks scholar outcomes using several research methodologies. At the beginning and end of every program, BELL administers the Stanford Diagnostic tests in reading and math. Throughout the program, BELL uses skills-based assessments that continually track progress and provide outcomes data to design individualized lesson plans for each BELL scholar. Customized, web-based assessments and database tools are also used to process tests and quizzes, access score reports, and produce progress reports for teachers, parents and principals. At the end of the program, BELL collects qualitative data about the impact of the program on scholars' self esteem, social skills, academic gains and parental involvement.

The 2008-2010 members of the Evaluation Advisory Board are:

--  Mr. Jeffrey Capizzano, Vice President, Public Policy and Research,
    Teaching Strategies, Inc.
--  Dr. Duncan Chaplin, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
--  Dr. Leslie Goodyear, Senior Research Associate, Education Development
    Center, Inc.
--  Dr. Jean Baldwin Grossman, Senior Vice President for Research,
    Public/Private Ventures; Lecturer and Research Associate, Princeton
    University
--  Dr. Denise Huang, Senior Research Associate, National Center for
    Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
--  Dr. Gina Schuyler Ikemoto, Education Policy Researcher, RAND
    Corporation
--  Ms. Priscilla Little, Associate Director, Harvard Family Research
    Project
--  Dr. Beth Miller, President, Miller-Midzik Research Associates
--  Ms. Elizabeth Reisner, Founder, Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
    

The Evaluation Advisory Board is comprised of experts in identifying and addressing the needs of the underserved parts of our communities. The group brings a wealth of experience in the key aspects affecting children's ability to reach their full potential. Areas of specific expertise include research and analysis of scientifically-based early education curriculum, in- and out-of-school education, student mentoring, and the effect of parental influences on student learning. Members have studied the effect of certain educational programs on test scores, dropout rates and future career earnings. In addition, members have researched after school programs, and have studied the effect of motivation, attribution and effort towards academic achievement.

About BELL

BELL, founded in 1992, is one of the nation's leading providers of quality after-school and summer educational programs. It is committed to enhancing the educational achievements, self-esteem, and life opportunities of children living in low-income, urban communities. BELL serves more than 10,000 children annually in public schools throughout Baltimore, Boston and New York City. Please visit www.bellnational.org for more information.

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