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Thurlow, Martha; Lazarus, Sheryl; Quenemoen, Rachel; Moen, Ross – National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 2010
The academic progress of students is an important indicator of educational success. For school accountability systems, using a growth model to report on a student's academic growth can be viewed as an addition to or a replacement for a status model. Status models compare the performance of a cohort of students in a grade one year with the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Accountability, Student Improvement
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Proehl, Rebecca A.; Starnes, Heather; Everett, Shirley – Journal of Catholic Education, 2015
During the past decade, Catholic leaders have been exploring options to revitalize the faltering Catholic school system especially in urban centers. One route being explored by dioceses and religious orders is opening what have been called "religious charter schools." Though not technically religious schools, they integrate many of the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Interviews, Poverty
de la Torre, Marisa; Allensworth, Elaine; Jagesic, Sanja; Sebastian, James; Salmonowicz, Michael; Meyers, Coby; Gerdeman, R. Dean – Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2013
Specific strategies for "turning around" chronically low-performing schools have become prominent, with the U.S. Department of Education enacting policies to promote four school improvement models that include "fundamental, comprehensive changes in leadership, staffing, and governance." Despite the attention and activity…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Research Methodology, Educational Change, Scores
de la Torre, Marisa; Allensworth, Elaine; Jagesic, Sanja; Sebastian, James; Salmonowicz, Michael; Meyers, Coby; Gerdeman, R. Dean – Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2012
The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) partnered to examine five different models initiated by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in 36 schools. CPS was an early adopter of dramatic intervention strategies in low-performing schools, and the reforms in this study were implemented…
Descriptors: School Closing, Urban Schools, High Schools, Middle Schools
Hoffer, Thomas B.; Hedberg, E. C.; Brown, Kevin L.; Halverson, Marie L.; McDonald, Sarah-Kathryn – US Department of Education, 2010
The Growth Model Pilot Project (GMPP) was initiated to allow states to experiment with adjustments to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) status accountability system in order to improve the validity of AYP determinations by giving schools credit for students who are making significant growth. The pilot allowed states, districts, and schools to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Pilot Projects, Educational Improvement
Goldhaber, Dan; Theobald, Roddy – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2012
There are good reasons for re-thinking teacher evaluation. Evaluation systems in most school districts appear to be far from rigorous. A recent study showed that more than 99 percent of teachers in a number of districts were rated "satisfactory," which does not comport with empirical evidence that teachers differ substantially from each…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Evidence, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Testing
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Fombona, Javier; Pascual, Maria Angeles – International Education Studies, 2013
This research analyses the evolution in the effectiveness of media messages and aims to optimize the use of ICTs in educational settings. The cultural impact of television and multimedia resources is increasing as they move to the Internet with ever greater quality. The integration of visual narrative techniques with multimedia playback…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Informal Education, Audiovisual Aids
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2009
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (2002), there has been increased interest in using student achievement data (through standardized tests) to evaluate teacher effectiveness. Two U.S. Department of Education secretaries, Secretary Spellings and Secretary Duncan, have expressed interest in growth models and the need to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
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McCullough, Moira; Lipscomb, Stephen; Chiang, Hanley; Gill, Brian; Cheban, Irina – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2016
This "Stated Briefly" report is a companion piece that summarizes the results of another report of the same name. This study examines the accuracy of performance ratings from the Framework for Leadership (FFL), Pennsylvania's tool for evaluating the leadership practices of principals and assistant principals. The study analyzed four key…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Principals, Assistant Principals, Administrator Evaluation
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Knoeppel, Robert C.; Della Sala, Matthew R. – Educational Considerations, 2015
The conceptualization and measurement of education finance equity and adequacy has engaged researchers for more than three decades. At the same time, calls for increased academic accountability and higher student achievement in K-12 public education have reached new levels at both the national and state levels. Aligning these represents an…
Descriptors: Accountability, State Policy, Educational Finance, Outcomes of Education
Hock, Heinrich; Isenberg, Eric – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2012
Isolating the effect of a given teacher on student achievement (value-added modeling) is complicated when the student is taught the same subject by more than one teacher. We consider three methods, which we call the Partial Credit Method, Teacher Team Method, and Full Roster Method, for estimating teacher effects in the presence of co-teaching.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods
Barbour, Michael – National Education Policy Center, 2012
This fifth and final paper in the Fordham Institute's series examining digital learning policy is "Overcoming the Governance Challenge in K-12 Online Learning". The purpose of this report is to outline the steps required to move the governance of K-12 online learning from the local district level to the less restrictive state level and to create a…
Descriptors: Evidence, Electronic Learning, Free Enterprise System, Elementary Secondary Education
Smith, Nelson – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2012
Is it time for Ohio to take bolder steps toward turning around its most troubled schools and districts? If so, what might the alternatives look like? Options for rebooting these troubled schools have come in the form of mayoral control, state takeovers, market competition through charter schools and other choice programs, as well as millions of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, School Districts, Change Strategies
Ernst, Jody; Wenning, Richard – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
Over the past several years, student growth and growth models have received a lot of attention, in both the charter school sector and the larger education community, as an important indicator for measuring school quality. Educators and policy makers alike have been won over by the argument that because measures of student growth examine the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Indicators, Academic Achievement, Accountability
Doyle, Daniela; Boast, Lyria; Rosch, Jacob; Hassel, Bryan – Public Impact, 2012
When the Connecticut State Department of Education published its first district report cards in 2003, it was obvious that the Hartford Public Schools district was struggling. Fewer than half of its students were proficient on the state reading exam. Math performance was better, but 63 percent of 10th-graders and 43 percent of younger students…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgeting, Public Schools, Funding Formulas
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