Please note that CRESST reports were called "CSE Reports" or "CSE Technical Reports" prior to CRESST report 723.
Ellen Osmundson, Joan Herman, Cathy Ringstaff, Yunyun Dai and Mike Timms
A central challenge in efficacy studies centers on the issue of “fidelity of implementation,” that is, the extent to which participants use the curriculum specified by curriculum developers. In this study, we describe and discuss a “fidelity of implementation” model using multiple methods and instruments to compare two versions of a science curriculum and embedded assessment system. We present results from our validation study and discuss the challenges in determining the extent to which teachers use a curriculum as designed. We focus as well on the practical curriculum implementation issues amidst the needs and perspectives from different stakeholders.