Research at CTL

The Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) is committed to conducting rigorous research on the design, delivery and efficacy of curriculum, instruction, and assessment as individual elements used in schools, especially in the primary, elementary and middle school grades.

CTL’s current research focuses on the rigorous evaluation of instructional strategies in the teaching and assessment of reading and mathematic skills in grade K-8. CTL focuses its research and outreach efforts on the following major activities:

  • The enhancement of the design (architecture) and delivery of well-established early reading intervention strategies and materials.
  • The development of a program of efficacy research on the design (architecture) and delivery of a mathematics curriculum in the primary and elementary grades.
  • The design and testing of technology-based gaming interventions that focus on critical concepts and skills identified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • The integration of technology-based gaming interventions with text-based traditional curricula linked to a web-based database for obtaining real-time student performance assessment and reporting.
  • A rigorous evaluation of the reading and math intervention practices, school engagement systems and data-based decision making practices and systems of middle schools in Oregon.
  • The ongoing development and expansion of a web-based data system for capturing and reporting students’ performance on a set of curriculum-based reading and math student assessment measures. 
  • The continued support of the K-12 Oregon Literacy Framework and the Oregon Literacy Plan for the State of Oregon, as well as other statewide initiatives of the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB).