In 2012, the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) of University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives entered into apartnership with the Indiana Department of Education to improve learning for Indiana children. Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., the Institute’s director, and Dr. Tony Bennett, the Superintendent of Public Instruction at the time, announced the partnership on June 21, 2012, and it continues today with Dr. Jennifer McCormick, the current Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The research-practice collaboration allows the nation’s leading educational experts at the Institute and others from around the country to conduct independent, nonpartisan, empirical research to inform policymakers as they seek strategies to improve educational quality in Indiana. Studies focus on such topics as the effects of parental choice programs on schools, teachers, and students; improving the quality of teaching and teacher preparation; organizational and instructional conditions that reduce educational inequalities; the impact of choosing courses on student outcomes; and factors related to students’ applications, attendance, and persistence in higher education. The research effort is led by Dr. Mark Berends, professor of sociology and the director of CREO at Notre Dame.