Evaluation of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA)

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ICF conducted a formative and summative evaluation of the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA), a statewide teacher professional development (PD) program, to assess its quality, implementation, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. This work highlights ICF’s expertise in evaluating the implementation and impact of adult learning opportunities that support adolescent learning and development.

TALA  is a professional development (PD) program for teachers in the use of scientifically-based literacy practices to improve student achievement. ICF conducted a comprehensive program evaluation to assess the quality of the TALA training, the level of ongoing implementation of TALA strategies in the classroom, the effects of TALA training on student outcomes, and the cost-effectiveness of TALA.

The approach to this evaluation included combining qualitative and quantitative methods to collect information from curriculum developers, regional education service centers, trainers, participating teachers, campus administrators, and students to address the evaluation objectives. A technical advisory board of adolescent literacy and teacher PD experts reviewed the training materials to determine their alignment with best practices in the field.

A comprehensive data system was developed to link data on teacher participation, classroom implementation, campus support, student achievement, and cost-effectiveness. Findings were presented to the state education agency and state legislature to inform decisions about the future development of statewide teacher PD programs in Texas.

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Client: Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Location: TX

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