Our History

The Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, and Professional Learning was established in 2015 through the formal merger of two highly reputable and long-standing Ohio-based Centers—The Discovery Center and Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education.

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Combined, the rich history of these two Centers includes delivery of face-to-face and virtual (iDiscovery) mathematics and science professional development (PD) experiences to over 20,000 urban, suburban, and rural teachers across Ohio, and evaluation of more than 160 state- and federally-funded education initiatives.

When The Discovery Center and Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education were first established, they existed as independent entities. That is, in 1991, The Discovery Center was created by Ohio’s Systemic Science Initiative to provide mathematics and science professional development experiences to teachers across Ohio. As teacher professional development efforts proliferated throughout the 1990s, Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education was established (2003) to serve the research, evaluation, and assessment needs of local (and later, national) state- and federally-funded projects and programs focused on mathematics and science education.

For more than 24 years, the Discovery and E & A Centers shared organizational facilities, were collaboratively staffed, and most importantly, shared a mutual dedication to improving mathematics and science teaching and learning. Rooted in this history, the two Centers formally merged in Spring 2015.

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By combining facilities, staff and resources, the new Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, and Professional Learning builds upon the synergistic relationship of the two groups and extends existing infrastructure to collaborate more directly with other providers of high-quality STEM teaching, learning, evaluation, and research services locally, in Ohio, and across the nation.

While combining manpower and resources improves the Centers’ efficiency, the driving force for this merger derives from a mutual desire to contribute to critical areas of mathematics and science education improvement—including enhancing equity in STEM education and careers, developing understanding of inquiry and nature of science, and strengthening mathematics and science teacher professional development.