1. Amy D'Amico
  2. https://ssec.si.edu/our-staff
  3. Division Director
  5. Smithsonian Science Education Center
  1. Katherine Blanchard
  2. Program Manager, Leadership Development and International Programs
  4. Smithsonian Science Education Center

The LASER Model: A Systemic and Sustainable Approach for Achieving High Stand...


2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Adult learners

“LASER i3” refers to a study conducted by evaluators from the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at the University of Memphis on student performance at schools implementing the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model. Over three years CREP studied approximately 60,000 students and assessed the impact of the SSEC’s products and services on a subsample of more than 9,000 elementary and middle school students in (1) the Houston Independent School District (HISD), (2) eight school districts in northern New Mexico, and (3) seven school districts in North Carolina.  They found that the inquiry-based science promoted by the LASER model improved achievement not only in science, but also in reading and math. LASER plays a critical role in bolstering student learning, especially among underserved populations including children who are economically disadvantaged, require special education, or are English language learners.

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