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Rambo-Hernandez, Karen E.; McCoach, D. Betsy – Journal of Educational Research, 2015
Much is unknown about how initially high-achieving students grow academically, especially given the measurement issues inherent in assessing growth for the highest performing students. This study compared initially high-achieving and average students' growth in reading (in a cohort of third-grade students from 2,000 schools) over 3 years.…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, High Achievement, Longitudinal Studies
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Siegle, Del; McCoach, D. Betsy; Shea, Kelly – Roeper Review, 2014
Factors associated with motivation and satisfaction aid in understanding the processes that enhance achievement and productivity. Siegle and McCoach (2005) proposed a motivational model for understanding student achievement and underachievement that included self-perceptions in three areas (meaningfulness [goal valuation], self-efficacy, and…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Academically Gifted, Talent, Predictive Measurement
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McCoach, D. Betsy; Kenny, David A. – Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2014
In this commentary, Betsy McCoach and David Kenny state they are in general agreement with Bainter and Bollen (this issue) that causal indicators are not inherently unstable. Herein, they outline several similarities and differences between latent variables with reflective and causal indicators. In their examination of the two models, they find…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Statistical Analysis, Measurement
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McCoach, D. Betsy – Gifted Child Quarterly, 2010
In education, most naturally occurring data are clustered within contexts. Students are clustered within classrooms, classrooms are clustered within schools, and schools are clustered within districts. When people are clustered within naturally occurring organizational units such as schools, classrooms, or districts, the responses of people from…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Causal Models, Academically Gifted, Educational Research
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Smetana, Lara K.; Wenner, Julianne; Settlage, John; McCoach, D. Betsy – Science Education, 2016
Science education reform may fall short of its potential to reduce educational disparities if the challenges are interpreted using strictly reductionist approaches. Taking a cue from school effectiveness research and reframing our approach using systems thinking, this study examined school-level variables associated with equitable science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Trust (Psychology), Principals
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Siegle, Del; McCoach, D. Betsy – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2011
This article presents an interview with Joel McIntosh, the publisher at Prufrock Press, whose publications reach more than 50,000 individuals and libraries. McIntosh started Prufrock in 1988 with a vision of making a powerful difference in the lives of gifted and talented children by striving to provide quality materials and cutting-edge research…
Descriptors: Gifted, Talent, English Teachers, Interviews
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Goldstein, Jessica; McCoach, D. Betsy – Early Childhood Research & Practice, 2011
Developmentally appropriate, psychometrically sound instruments are needed to assess young children and evaluate learning programs. In the United States, little guidance exists on the development and use of large-scale assessments that cover the broad range of skills that encompass young children's development. In 2005 and 2006, the State of…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Preschool Children, Receptive Language, Expressive Language
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Anderson, Jeffrey A.; Howland, Allison A.; McCoach, D. Betsy – Preventing School Failure, 2015
Even with increased risks, many children demonstrate resiliency and avoid being labeled for special education; however, research on risk and resilience has been problematic because of inadequate statistical models, limitations of available data, and the exclusion of key protective factors. This study used a national sample to examine the influence…
Descriptors: Parents, Individual Characteristics, Special Education, Resilience (Psychology)
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Rambo, Karen E.; McCoach, D. Betsy – Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 2012
Despite the research supporting acceleration, some teachers are still hesitant to recommend acceleration for advanced students. The Teacher Attitudes Toward Subject-Specific Acceleration (TATSSA) instrument was designed to uncover the factors that influence teacher decisions to recommend students for subject-specific acceleration. First, we…
Descriptors: Exceptional Child Research, Academically Gifted, Advanced Students, Gifted
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McCoach, D. Betsy; Black, Anne C. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2012
This article is designed to give the reader a conceptual, nontechnical overview of estimation and model fit issues in multilevel modeling (MLM). The process of MLM generally involves fitting a series of multilevel models that increase in complexity. When conducting multilevel analyses, it is important to balance the need for complexity and the…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Statistical Analysis, Models, Computation
Firmender, Janine M.; Gavin, M. Katherine; McCoach, D. Betsy – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
The purpose of this study was to determine whether relationships existed between teachers' implementation of two specific discourse-related instructional practices and students' mathematics achievement in geometry and measurement as part of a research study on the effectiveness of an advanced mathematics curriculum for kindergarten and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Correlation, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction
Little, Catherine A.; McCoach, D. Betsy; Reis, Sally M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2014
Reading instruction often does not focus on appealing to student interests, offering choice, or responding to the needs of advanced readers. In this experimental study, we examined the effects on achievement of an instructional approach involving choice, differentiated instruction, and extensive, supported, independent reading, with corresponding…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Individualized Reading, Individualized Instruction, Reading Achievement
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Crevecoeur, Yvel C.; Coyne, Michael D.; McCoach, D. Betsy – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2014
We examined data from an 18-week kindergarten vocabulary intervention study to determine whether treatment outcomes had differential effects that favored English language learners (ELLs) or English-only learners (EOLs) and whether the relationship between initial English general receptive vocabulary knowledge and response to vocabulary…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Vocabulary Development, English Instruction, Direct Instruction
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Adelson, Jill L.; McCoach, D. Betsy – Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 2011
The Math and Me Survey was designed to measure elementary students' attitudes toward mathematics. The authors conducted content validation, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, item response theory, reliability, and external validity analyses to improve it and to test its psychometric properties. The final Math and Me Survey…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Psychometrics, Grade 6
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McCoach, D. Betsy; Rambo, Karen E.; Welsh, Megan – Gifted Child Quarterly, 2013
This Methodological Brief gives an overview of statistical methods used to gauge academic growth and discusses issues surrounding the measurement of growth in gifted populations. To illustrate some of these issues, we describe a growth model that examines differences in summer lag between gifted and nongifted students. We also provide…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Measurement Objectives, Measurement Techniques, Achievement Gains
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