Education Consortium On Research and Evaluation


Established to serve the District of Columbia school system as a go-to research and analysis partner.


A partnership of experts from locally based and nationally prominent organizations, working together to inform public education policy and planning in DC.


National leaders in providing research, assessment, evaluation and technical assistance to ensure improvements in teaching and learning.


Members live and work in the DC area and are familiar with local institutions, culture, and education history.

Together with educators and community members we strive to produce objective and reliable information that can be used by DC district and school leaders, policymakers, and educators to make wise decisions about policy and practice.


Graduate School of Education and Human Development

The George Washington University

The largest university in the city and home to highly regarded evaluators, policy analysts and data experts.

American Institutes for Research

A nonprofit, nonpartisan behavioral and social science research, evaluation, assessment and technical assistance organization based in Washington, D.C.

Policy Studies Associates

A woman-owned small business that has conducted research, policy analysis, program evaluation and program planning for more than 35 years.


Personalized Learning Plans in DC: Options for a Pilot Project (2018)

In June 2017, the SBOE formed a High School Graduation Requirements Task Force to review and, as necessary, recommend changes to graduation requirements for all DCPS and public charter students. This project on behalf of the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor will provide education leaders with the information necessary to implement Personalized Learning Plans (PLP) on a pilot basis beginning in the 2019-20 school year with an expansion in August 2020.

Specific activities of the project include presenting evidence on learning plan development and implementation, including effective practices and lessons learned in other states and districts; identifying critical elements of effective personalized learning plans and additional optional components that might be considered in implementation; providing a comparative summary of available technology platforms; and designing options for pilot project implementation and evaluation. EdCORE will seek input from stakeholders through interviews and focus groups to ensure that the information and options provided are relevant and useful to education leaders and other stakeholders.


EdCORE studies of DCPS include a series of reports evaluating the implementation of particular topics related to the evaluation of the Public Education Reform Amendment Act (PERAA). The five completed studies were used in the final reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on PERAA implementation.

The five reports and a supplement are listed below with web links to the documents on the website of the DC Auditor:

The National Academy of Sciences produced two comprehensive evaluations of PERAA implementation:



Elizabeth Grant, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor and EdCORE Lead
GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development
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Michael Feuer, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Education
GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development
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