The External Evaluation of the Research-Validated Approach to Instruction for Secondary Excellence in Texas (RAISEup Texas) Demonstration Project is a regional collaborative of eight Central Texas schools in six school districts served by Education Service Center Region XIII, the E3 Alliance Central Texas P–16 Council, the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, and several foundations. The goal of the collaborative is to implement Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) and Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) as a schoolwide model of instruction to meet the needs of all students, especially those with highest need and at greatest academic risk.


Research is ongoing.

Findings (Publications and Presentations)

Project Design


The purpose of the external evaluation is to document the extent to which implementation of SIM/CLC in the eight demonstration middle schools is related to improved literacy outcomes.

Evaluation questions include the following:

  • What is the level of fidelity of implementation of SIM/CLC at participating campuses?

  • What are the perceived benefits of SIM?

  • Is SIM/CLC implementation related to improved student reading?


This evaluation uses a matched-schools, multilevel, quasi-experimental design to determine whether changes in students' reading scores on a standardized screening measure and the state reading assessment are related to SIM/CLC implementation.


Students, teachers, and administrators in project schools and districts

Contact Information

Myriam Lopez Wallace
Research Assistant

Principal Investigators

  • Sarojani Mohammed

Funding Agency


  • January 2011 to November 2014


  • Eight middle schools in six Central Texas districts and eight matched comparison schools