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What Works Clearinghouse, 2010
"PLATO[R] Achieve Now" is a software-based curriculum for the elementary and middle school grades. Instructional content is delivered via the PlayStation Portable (PSP[R]) system, allowing students to access learning materials in various settings. Software-based assessments are used to customize individual instruction, allowing students…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Computer Software
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Wolf, Patrick; Gutmann, Babette; Puma, Michael; Kisida, Brian; Rizzo, Lou; Eissa, Nada; Carr, Matthew – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
The District of Columbia School Choice Incentive Act of 2003, passed by Congress in January 2004, established the first federally funded, private school voucher program in the United States. Since that time, more than 8,400 students have applied for what is now called the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), and a rigorous evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Graduation Rate, School Choice, Educational Environment
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Deke, John; Dragoset, Lisa; Moore, Ravaris – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
In randomized controlled trials (RCTs) where the outcome is a student-level, study-collected test score, a particularly valuable piece of information is a study-collected baseline score from the same or similar test (a pre-test). Pre-test scores can be used to increase the precision of impact estimates, conduct subgroup analysis, and reduce bias…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Regression (Statistics)
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Snyder, Frank; Flay, Brian; Vuchinich, Samuel; Acock, Alan; Washburn, Isaac; Beets, Michael; Li, Kin-Kit – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2010
This article reports the effects of a comprehensive elementary school-based social-emotional and character education program on school-level achievement, absenteeism, and disciplinary outcomes utilizing a matched-pair, cluster-randomized, controlled design. The "Positive Action" Hawai'i trial included 20 racially/ethnically diverse…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Intervention, Academic Achievement, Effect Size
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Johnson, Evelyn S.; Jenkins, Joseph R.; Petscher, Yaacov – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2010
In a response-to-intervention framework, schools typically employ a direct route approach to screening, in which students identified as at risk by a screening process are directly placed into intervention. Direct route approaches require screening decisions to be highly accurate, but few studies examining the predictive validity of reading…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Reading Tests, At Risk Students, Predictive Validity
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Gill, Brian; Bruch, Julie; Booker, Kevin – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2013
States are increasingly interested in including measures of student achievement growth, or "value- added," in evaluating teachers. Annual state assessments, however, which are the typical measure of student growth, usually cover only reading and math teachers and only in grades 4-8. These state assessments thus cannot …
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Competencies, Evaluation Methods, Educational Testing
Hanna, Shellie Lyne – ProQuest LLC, 2009
Purpose, scope, and method of study. The purpose of this study was to determine if and to what degree a relationship existed between physical fitness and the academic achievement of ninth-grade public school students in Arkansas. A sample of 152 students from four different schools participated in the study. The dependent variable was academic…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Academic Achievement, Physical Fitness, Predictor Variables
Gamse, Beth C.; Horst, Megan; Boulay, Beth; Unlu, Fatih – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2009
The Reading First Program is a central element of the No Child Left Behind legislation (No Child Left Behind Act, 2001). It builds on findings reported in a national consensus report (NICHD, 2000), about proven strategies to reduce the prevalence of reading difficulty in the early grades in order to help children read at or above grade level by…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Federal Legislation, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement
Koedel, Cory; Betts, Julian R. – National Center on Performance Incentives, 2009
Value-added modeling continues to gain traction as a tool for measuring teacher performance. However, recent research (Rothstein, 2009a, 2009b) questions the validity of the value-added approach by showing that it does not mitigate student teacher sorting bias (its presumed primary benefit). Our study explores this critique in more detail.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Models, Statistical Bias
Peterson, Paul E.; Chingos, Matthew M. – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2009
At the request of the State of Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia, in the summer of 2002, asked three for-profit firms to assume responsibility for 30 of its lowest-performing schools and it asked four nonprofit managers to assume the management of 16 other low-performing schools. A difference-in-differences analysis is used to…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Business, School Administration, Urban Schools
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2009
The SuccessMaker[R] program is a set of computer-based courses used to supplement regular classroom reading instruction in grades K-8. Using adaptive lessons tailored to a student's reading level, SuccessMaker[R] aims to improve understanding in areas such as phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and concepts of…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension
Guam Department of Education, 2009
The report addresses the reporting requirements of Public Law 26-26 and the provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as described in the Guam Department of Education Board adopted District Action Plan (DAP). Public Law 26-26, Section 3106 (a) states that "No later than thirty (30) days following the end of each fiscal year, the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Student Characteristics, Enrollment, Academic Achievement
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Fenzel, L. Mickey; Domingues, Janine – Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 2009
Although the number of urban Catholic schools has declined in recent years, Nativity model middle schools, first developed by the Jesuits over 35 years ago, have appeared throughout the nation to address the need for effective alternative education for urban children placed at risk. The present study compares the effectiveness of two types of…
Descriptors: African American Children, Small Schools, Nontraditional Education, Class Size
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Dobbins, Kerry – Education 3-13, 2009
This article reports on a case study that examined the views of primary teachers in one school about their ability to be creative practitioners within the current education system. This research was conducted following the recent emphasis that teacher creativity has been given in government debate. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with…
Descriptors: Creativity, Interviews, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes
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Shermis, Mark D.; Long, Susanne K. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2009
This study investigated the convergent and discriminant validity of the high-stakes Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in both reading and writing at grade levels 4, 8, and 10. The data from the 2006 FCAT administration were analyzed via traditional multitrait-multimethod (MTMM) analysis to identify the factor structure and structural…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Multitrait Multimethod Techniques, Writing Tests, Validity
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