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Research that Matters
Education Matters, Inc., a not-for-profit, tax-exempt firm located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and with an office in Seattle, WA, was incorporated in October 1984. For the past nineteen years, members of the firm have conducted qualitative evaluations and applied research studies pertinent to issues of school reform, teaching, learning, and learning to teach. Members of the firm are particularly interested in pursuing studies that help improve schooling for students who are not well-served in our public schools.
Education Matters designs and implements evaluations that can be used to strengthen teaching and learning and other aspects of educational practice and school reform. To this end, our evaluations include close attention to instructional and leadership capacity-building and involve educators who work at all levels of the schools and school systems. We strive to be responsive to our funders' need for information, while keeping in mind that the primary audience for our written reports and other forms of feedback is the set of educational practitioners who are trying to improve teaching, learning, and administrative practice.
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NEW: Three new reports are available for download. Two focus on Boston's continuing efforts to improve literacy teaching and learning in all of the district's schools. The third, and most recent report focuses specifically on the early phase of high school reform in the district.