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Reports

Much of MERC’s research work is disseminated through published reports. This includes full reports on the findings of out empirical research studies, literature reviews, white papers, and research briefs.

Our most recent publications are available on our website, however, you may access all of MERC’s publications through VCU’s Scholar’s Compass.

Reports

Since 1991, MERC has produced several research reports a year addressing critical issues in PK12 education. These include empirical studies and literature reviews. Below is a list of recent reports.

Contexts of Cultural Diversity Professional Development in Schools

This report comes from component one of MERC's Professional Development for Success in Culturally Diverse Schools study. It explores background context for professional development on cultural diversity in the MERC region. ...

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A Review of Disciplinary Interventions in K12 Public Education

This literature brief offers an overview of school discipline interventions in K12 public education and how new approaches seek to address issues of racial disproportionality. ...

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Why Do Racial Disparities in School Discipline Exist?

This brief is part of larger regional study of racial equity in discipline policies and practices conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC)....

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Understanding Teacher Morale

The Policy and Planning Council of MERC commissioned the Understanding Teacher Morale study in the Fall of 2014 to address concerns about teacher job satisfaction and morale in the region. This study involved a multi-case study of 44 teachers across...

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Middle School Mathematics Teacher Evaluation

An Examination of the Nature of Post Observation Feedback Provided to Middle School Mathematics Teachers by Christine Trinter and Heather Carlson-Jaquez (May 2016) Many studies have examined teacher evaluation but few address the discipline expertise...

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Response to Intervention to Educate the Diverse Needs of Elementary Students

With the reauthorization of the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (U.S. Department of Education, 2004), Response to Intervention (RTI) became an alternative method of identifying children with disabilities. Much research as been...

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Academic Rigor for All: A Research Report

Academic Rigor for All: A Research Report by Dr. Gabriel A. Reich, Dr. Volkan Sevim, Amanda B. Turner (Spring 2015) Rigor can be defined in any number of ways. We found an imbalance between the ways in which rigor has been defined by the Virginia...

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