Welcome to Plus Alpha Research & Consulting

Educational improvement through research.


Data-Based Decisions

We worked with AIR on a study of MD’s  school funding system and a nationwide study of districts implementing weighted student funding.

We worked with UCLA’s Center X to evaluate the i3 and OELA NPD funded Project ExcEL (Excellence for English Language Learners).

We worked with NCPN on a webinar  series on how CTE leaders can use readily available accountability data to conduct program improvement cycles and ROI analyses.

We worked with the VA School Board Association’s and the VA Department of Education on using Statistical Peer Groups to aid school improvement efforts.

We worked with the GA Department of Education to demonstrate how school-level data from all GA public schools clustered into demographically-similar groups improve state-wide school reports and state-led school improvement efforts.

Research Synthesis

We worked with Westat and the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education to design and author three topical research compendia covering more than a decade of research and development projects funded by the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research . These compendia  synthesized and categorized nearly 600 IES-funded projects. Each compendium was created to ensure ease of access and use of project results and products by educators, policymakers, and stakeholders at large. The compendia each focused, respectively, on Educational Technology, Mathematics and Science, and Social/Behavioral Research.

Policy Analysis

We worked with HCM Strategists to conduct a policy scan on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act / No Child Left Behind waivers nationwide and an in-depth low-level impact analysis of NY's and VA's waivers.

We worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct an 18 state landscape analysis on college readiness. This work was done to help inform the implementation of the College Readiness Indicator System.