What is the purpose of this research?
This study will use teacher feedback and student data over several years to evaluate the efficacy of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professional development (PD) for secondary school teachers in New York State. Teacher feedback and student data will be invaluable in helping the College Board improve the teacher PD it implements for secondary school teachers in New York State and across the country.
What does the research involve?
Teachers who participate in the STEM PD will be asked to participate in several online surveys over the course of the PD implementation. The surveys are expected to take fewer than 15-20 minutes each. The surveys will ask questions about the teacher’s activities in his/her classroom, teaching philosophy, experiences with PD, and how the STEM PD can be improved. Teacher feedback will be used to improve PD in New York and across the country.
Occasional classroom observations and/or telephone interview for a select group of teachers.
A select group of teachers will be asked to participate in occasional classroom observations and/or a telephone interview with College Board researchers. These will be scheduled at the teachers’ convenience.
Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.
For teachers who participate in STEM PD and teach AP courses, the College Board will compare students’ AP test scores from year(s) before, during, and after the PD implementation. Linking student test scores to teachers who have received PD will allow the College Board to examine whether PD impacts are seen at the student level. Students’ standardized test scores and PSAT/NMSQT scores may be used as indicators of students’ baseline performance.
How will the information be used?
Teacher and student data will be used only by the College Board for the express purposes of this study. Data will not and cannot be used in any way to evaluate a teacher’s performance.
All data are confidential and will be stored on secure College Board servers. All findings will be presented in the aggregate without identifying any teacher, student, or school.
If you have any questions about this research, please contact Vytas Laitusis, Research Scientist at the College Board (