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Public Policy Forum, 2003
Although the hope for charter schools is the lessening and eventual elimination of the achievement gap that exists by race and income, this report indicates that charter schools in Milwaukee are mirroring the test score gap of both Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and the state of Wisconsin in both fourth grade reading and fourth grade math. Other…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Achievement Gap, Charter Schools, Urban Schools
Nelson, F. Howard; Van Meter, Nancy – American Federation of Teachers, 2003
This report by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is the first comprehensive effort to assess student achievement in public schools managed by Mosaica Education, Inc., one of the leading private management companies in education, marketing itself to charter boards and school districts since 1997. Schools examined in the report had been…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Privatization
Council of the Great City Schools, 2003
The Council of the Great City Schools prepared this report to summarize findings and recommendations that the organization's Strategic Support Teams made during visits to the Richmond Public Schools in the Fall 2003. These teams were requested by the Richmond schools' superintendent and funded by the U.S. Department of Education to review school…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Poverty
Achieve, Inc., 2003
Under the new federal No Child Left Behind law, state assessments must be aligned to grade-level standards/benchmarks, and every school in Indiana and other states will soon be judged based on its ability to raise the percentage of students achieving proficiency on these tests. This will no doubt lead to much greater scrutiny of states'…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Benchmarking, National Standards
Bonotto, Cinzia – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
In this report we present preliminary results of a study on the relationship between informal out-of-school and formal in-school mathematics and the ways each can inform the other in the development of new mathematical knowledge, in this case concerning computation in base 12, 24 or 60. This study is based on a teaching experiment involving a…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Mathematics Education, Play, Learning Activities
Horne, Marj – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
Recent large scale international studies have indicated that while a gender differential in mathematics performance still exists at secondary school level there are few differences in the primary school years. However there is some indication that differences exist in the use of mental strategies rather than in correctness of responses. In this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Arithmetic, Longitudinal Studies, Grade 3
Lin, Pi-Jen – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
The study was designed to enhance teachers' understating of students' learning by using assessment tasks. Four third-grade teachers and the researcher collaboratively set up a school-based assessment team in the two-year Assessment Practices in Mathematics Classroom project that assisted teachers in implementing assessment as integral part of…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Observation, Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers
Heirdsfield, Ann M. – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
The focus of this study was to investigate mental computation conceptual frameworks that Heirdsfield (2001c) formulated to explain the difference between proficient (accurate and flexible) mental computers and accurate (but not flexible) mental computers. A further aim was to explore the potential for students' developing efficient mental…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Cognitive Processes
Murray, Hanlie – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
Whereas different studies have each emphasised the importance of different variables for productive mathematics learning, this study has found the teacher to be of major importance. In the 13 third grade classrooms of five different elementary schools students' feelings about mathematics and their performance in routine and novel problems were…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Classrooms, Grade 3
Watson, Jane M.; Kelly, Ben A. – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
A series of 13 survey questions based on a 50-50 spinner is used to explore school students' understanding of statistical variation in a chance setting. Five questions set the context by assessing understanding of theoretical expectation and representation of repeated trials in a stacked dot (line) plot. Four questions provide opportunity to…
Descriptors: Expectation, Comprehension, Statistics, Probability
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Lias, Sarah; Thomas, Colin – Primary Science Review, 2003
The authors use digital photographs to help children recall "key events" in a practical activity--those moments that provide rich learning opportunities. The captured images of particular events helped the children to recall what they were doing at a particular time and prevented confusion over which event was being discussed. They also…
Descriptors: Photography, Electronic Publishing, Technology Uses in Education, Children
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McVee, Mary; Pearson, P. David – Literacy Teaching and Learning, 2003
As part of an ongoing research collaboration with university-based researchers, Nancy and her teaching partner, Meredith, implemented a loosely defined system of portfolios to supplement the other forms of assessment in their classroom. School-based and university-based researchers interviewed children to assess children's perspectives of their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Portfolios (Background Materials), Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation
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Slack, Jill B. – Journal of Staff Development, 2003
The Reading Success Network (RSN) is a model for improving literacy schoolwide through peer coaching, ongoing assessments of children's learning, using data to inform teaching, specific instructional strategies, and a support network of RSN schools. Federally funded regional centers across the country provide on-site professional learning for…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Literacy, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation
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Hamilton, Chad; Shinn, Mark R. – School Psychology Review, 2003
Despite a body of evidence that curriculum-based measurement of reading (R-CBM) is a valid measure of general reading achievement, some school-based professionals remain unconvinced. At the core of their argument is their experience with word callers, students who purportedly can read fluently, but do not understand what they read. No studies have…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Curriculum Based Assessment, Oral Reading, Reading Achievement
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Beck, Natalie; Fetherston, Tony – Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2003
Writing, an essential part of every young child's school life, is a complex affair involving cognitive, affective, and psychomotor elements. Most children learn to write, with varying degrees of success, and every school has children who can be classified as nonwriters. Some children are inhibited and frustrated by writing and are put off by the…
Descriptors: Investigations, Writing Improvement, Writing Processes, Word Processing
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