Edstar Analytics has over 25 years of experience providing program evaluation services to educational organizations.

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Our talented staff includes professional writers, data analysts, graphic design artists, qualitative data specialists, and professional educators.



Max Williams

Quantitative Research Support
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John Wittle

Information Technology
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Brittany Preiss

Qualitative Research Support
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Dr. Wendy Rich

Qualitative Research Head
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“As co-chair of the North Carolina Dropout Committee, I worked extensively with Edstar. As primary evaluators, Edstar helped grantees create logic models, write SMART objectives, and document program success with data. Edstar brought a level of accountability to the program that did not previously exist. They also were able to identify model programs that could be replicated. I continue to collaborate with Edstar. When I need an evaluator, or when anyone asks me to recommend one, “Edstar” is my go-to response.”

Bill Farmer, President, United Way of the Bluegrass, and member of the United Way Worldwide National Professional Council

Selected Publications

Johnson, J. L., & Cutler-White, C. (2018). Change management in K-12 education for data-driven decisions: Moving from professional judgment to evidence. In E. G. Mense & M. Crain-Dorough (Eds.), Data Leadership for K-12 Schools in a Time of Accountability (pp. 54–74). Hershey, PA: IGI Global, Information Science Reference. http://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-3188-3.ch004

Stiff, L. V. & Johnson, J. L. (2016). Testing Mattters. Amazon. ISBN-13: 978-1512339482

Stiff, L. V. & Johnson, J. L. (2011). Mathematical reasoning and sense making begins with the opportunity to learn. In M. E. Strutchens (Ed.), Focus on High School Students: Making Mathematical Reasoning and Sense Making a Reality for All. Reston: Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Stiff, L. V., Johnson, J. L., & Akos, P. (2011). Examining what we know for sure: Tracking in middle grades mathematics. In W. F. Tate, K. King, & C. R. Anderson (Eds.), Connecting Research, Practice, and Policy in Mathematics Education. Reston: Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Sparks, Eric, Johnson, Janet, and Akos, Patrick (2010). Dropouts: Finding the Needles in the Haystacks. Education Leadership. Volume 67. Number 5.

Stiff, L. V. (2005). Facing the challenges of the performance gap in math. Beyond the Book [On-line]. Available: http//www.beyond-the-book.com/opinions/opions article 072705.html.

Johnson, Janet L., Sparks, Eric, Lewis, Rita Gail, Hall, Mary, & Johnson, Julie (2006). Effective Strategies for Supporting Long-Term Suspended Students. School Counselor. American School Counselor Association. Feb 2006. (awarded 2004 AERA Division H First Place Outstanding Instructional Research)

Johnson, Janet L. (2001). Remedial Mathematics. In Mathematics Education: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Rinstein, L.S. & Lipsey, S.I., Routledge Falmer, New York.

Selected Evaluation Reports

(2015-Present) Math Science Partnership Evaluation: Sandhills.

(2014-Present). GEAR UP North Carolina Evaluation.

(2011-2015). Math Science Partnership Evaluation: Cumberland County Schools.

(2013) Innovations In Literacy Evaluation. Beaufort County Schools Johnson, Janet L. & NC Dropout Prevention Committee.

(2011). Model Dropout Prevention Programs. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

(2007-2010). Evaluation of North Carolina Dropout Prevention Grants. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

(1997-2008). North Carolina Support Our Students Evaluation 2007-2008. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

(2005). North Carolina’s School Counseling Program Review. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

(2007). Effectiveness of After-School Programs. Durham, NC: Durham Public Schools (2003-2006). WCPSS Smaller Learning Communities Evaluation Report. Raleigh, NC:Wake County Public School System

(2004-2007). Evaluation of Photonics Leaders. Raleigh, NC:The Science House; NCSU

(2000). Evaluation Report: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student Science Enrichment Programs. Raleigh, NC: Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

(2000). Profiles In School Change: The South Eastern Partnership for Accelerated Schools. Review of the 1999-00 School Year. Raleigh, NC: SE Partnership for Accelerated Schools.

Selected Professional Development and Presentations

Dr. Janet Johnson, Dr. Kenneth Gattis, & Cindy Corcoran, Edstar Analytics. ASCA National Model Professional Development: Hands-On Activities and Resources. Winston-Salem, North Carolina. May 2017

Dr. Janet Johnson & Cindy Corcoran, EDSTAR Analytics. Using Formative Assessment Data to Differentiate and Promote Success for All. Washington DC Schools. July 2014, January 2015

Dr. Janet Johnson & Cindy Corcoran, EDSTAR Analytics. Data Literacy: Implementing NC Guidance Essential Standards. NC Department of Public Instruction. June 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013.

Dr. Janet Johnson, Administrators Symposium: Empowering education leaders to recognize the need for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in today’s 21st Century workforce and teach administrators how to use data to ensure that educational services and opportunities are aligned with children’s academic needs. National Alliance of Black School Educators. November 2013

Dr. Janet Johnson, EDSTAR Analytics, Mr. Keith Sutton, Chairman, Wake County Board of Education, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., Assistant Superintendent Wake County Public Schools. The Inequity in Education of the African American Male, Social Equity Leadership Conference. June 2013

Dr. Janet Johnson and Dr. Lee V. Stiff, EDSTAR Analytics. Leadership Series: Data Literacy, Dropout Prevention, and Building Rigor and Relevance. NC Association of School Administrators. 2009-2011.

Johnson, Janet L., Stiff, Lee V., & Sparks, Eric. What You Know For Sure. AERA Division H First Place Alternative Reporting Methods. (2008)

Johnson, Janet L., Effective Strategies for Supporting Long-Term Suspended Students. AERA. Division H First Place Outstanding Instructional Research. 2006

Johnson, Janet L, Olsen, Donna . Effective After-School Program Practices: Project SOAR. Raleigh, NC Wake County Public Schools. AERA. AERA Division H Outstanding Research Summary. 2004

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