Lake Washington’s partnership with Hanover Research has strengthened the credibility of our district’s strategic work.”
– Matt Manobianco; Associate Superintendent for Student & Professional Learning Services
The Hanover Partnership
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) partnered with Hanover Research in 2012 to expand its internal capacity for research and program development, use Hanover’s survey capabilities to gather qualitative feedback from district stakeholders, and identify best practices in curriculum implementation.
Administrators at LWSD strive to apply best practices from the K-12 landscape within their district and see Hanover as a resource to achieve this goal. Hanover’s research in K-12 education is shared with LWSD’s school board, administrators, teachers, and parents to lend credibility to the district’s strategic work.
The Research Snapshot
Summer School Program Evaluation
As a specific research goal, LWSD administrators sought to make concrete and data-driven adjustments to their upcoming year’s summer school programming. Matt Manobianco, Associate Superintendent for Student & Professional Learning Services, looked to Hanover to design, administer, and analyze a survey to students, teachers, and parents who participated in the district’s 2013 Summer School Program. Matt and his team had assumptions that communication about summer school and the service delivery could be enhanced. Hanover’s report validated these assumptions and provided recommendations for program improvement. By performing a pre- and post-test to gather feedback about the Summer School Program year-over-year, the district has the ability to see the degree of impact these changes are having on summer school student success.
The District Value
We capitalize on the research arm of Hanover to analyze our programs, which enables our team to devote their expertise, time, and resources into making the research-driven changes that will help our students.
LWSD has seen another summer come and go since beginning its Hanover Research partnership. This summer, the district’s Summer School Program generated a different student, parent, and teacher experience through the implementation of changes directed by the previous year’s feedback.
By partnering with Hanover Research, Lake Washington School District:
- Increased the timeliness of parent communications regarding the Summer School Program;
- Ensured that summer school teachers had the current district-adopted instructional materials and resources they needed to maximize student success; and
- Plans to review attendance policies that may have a negative impact on summer school student success rates.
Further, Lake Washington School District will continue its research partnership with Hanover Research to focus on developing new curriculum frameworks and enhancing the district’s pathways for STEM education.
We saw value in having Hanover as a quick turnaround research partner, allowing us to get immediate feedback, analyze the results, and immediately incorporate these findings into the next school year.