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Missouri State Enters Research Partnership with Area Schools

Missouri State University along with seven area school districts formed a collaborative program designed to promote research. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.

A new vamped up research program will allow southwest Missouri schools to tackle research more effectively.

Missouri State University and seven area school districts signed a cooperative agreement in April to form a collaborative network that promotes research.

The Ozarks Educational Research Initiative or O-E-R-I will be a collaboration of area schools and Missouri State's Institute for School Improvement or I-S-I program.

The I-S-I program currently works with the Department of Education and school groups to conduct individual research.

Chuck Barke (BAR-kay) is the counseling department head at Missouri State University.

He says the collaboration will enable schools to pool resources.

Seven school districts including Willard, Republic, Nixa, Logan-Rogersville, West Plains, Marshfield, and Bolivar with take part in the Ozarks Educational Research Initiative program.

Member districts will pay one dollar per student for every year they're in the O-E-R-I.

Chuck Barke says researching topics like "school climates" which are the different parts of the learning environment will help school officials target problem areas.

Barke says he hopes the Ozarks Educational Research Initiative will make schools a more beneficial and productive place to improve student achievement.

For KSMU News...I'm Christy Hendricks.