Dr. Lee V. Stiff , President of EDSTAR Analytics, Inc. and Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. He has served on NASA’s Inaugural Education Advisory Committee, the Mathematical Science Education Board of the National Research Council, and the Board of Directors of the Benjamin Banneker Association, among several other leadership activities. As a professor and co-author of K-12 mathematics textbooks, he has been innovative in the development of teaching strategies and tools that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in schools.
Janet L. Johnson, Ph.D., Edstar Analytics, CEO has extensive experience creating and conducting resources to support educators for using data-driven decision models. At Edstar Analytics, she oversees all activities and is responsible for quality control in program evaluations. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Statistics from North Carolina State University. She received an M.S. in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Janet serves on the Data and Service Quality Committees representing North Carolina on the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium (CCREC). She has worked with school counselors to help them implement the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model for over a decade.
Kenneth Gattis, Ph.D., Evaluation and Data Specialist. Before his retirement in 2017, Dr. Kenneth Gattis worked twelve years for the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as Senior Research and Evaluation Coordinator. In this role Dr. Gattis was involved with a number of DPI research studies and had primary responsibility for the oversight of alternative learning programs and the collection and reporting of state discipline and dropout data. Prior to 2005 Dr. Gattis directed college tutorial programs at NC State University and Nova Southeastern University. A former industrial engineer and high school science teacher, he received a Master of Industrial Engineering degree in 1980 and a PhD in science education in 1995, both from NC State University.
Cindy Corcoran, M.S. Data Analyst, has experience as a business analyst who enjoys discovering the hidden value of data through analysis, trending, charting, and creating data-dashboards to assist in solving problems. She is adept at methodologies that ensure accuracy, integrity, validation, and quality of data while saving time and money. Cindy was recruited from the business analyst world, as EDSTAR Analytics has seen the need for these technical skills in the world of education and social services. Cindy contributes a valuable blend of broad experience from complex, large-scale system implementations to small scale projects, providing the ability to see the big picture and still have an understanding of the details. Although relatively new to EDSTAR Analytics, Cindy brings her expertise from her many years analyzing data for large corporations within Research Triangle.
Our talented staff provide us with a team that includes professional writers, data analysts, graphic design artists, qualitative data specialists, and professional educators.
“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
Johnson, J. L., & Cutler-White, C. (in press). Change management for data-driven decisions: Moving K-12 Educators from professional judgment to a culture of evidence. Raleigh, NC
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