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VISTA's investigators are currently researching what elements best support teachers in helping students learn. At the elementary, middle and high school levels, the VISTA evaluation team explores how the instructional practices of VISTA teachers impact student achievement as measured by students’ end-of-course Standards of Learning assessments.
Other topics we explore include changes in instructional practices and changes in beliefs about science instruction.
For science coordinators and science education faculty, the VISTA evaluation team uses descriptive case studies and interviews to evaluate and characterize the program's impact on building infrastructure for science education in Virginia. Learn more.