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Lesnick, Joy; Goerge, Robert M.; Smithgall, Cheryl; Gwynne, Julia – Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2010
Learning to read is one of the most important skills in modern society. Not only does reading serve as the major foundational skill for school-based learning, but reading ability is strongly related to opportunities for academic and vocational success. For children, a critical transition takes place during elementary school: until the end of third…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Reading Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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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
Terenzi, Christina M. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
Recent research in the area of Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM) in writing has shown that traditionally used metrics, such as total words written and total words correct, may not be the best tools for measuring writing performance, for both secondary and elementary aged children (e.g., Gansle, Noell, VanDerHeyden, Naquin, & Slider, 2002; Tindal…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, Writing Evaluation, Predictive Validity, Grade 4
Brooks, Kristina L. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
Because children living in poverty and minorities consistently demonstrate persistent reading difficulties (Adams, 1990), Congress intervened and passed the No Child Left Behind Act (U.S. Department of Education, 2006) mandating that scientifically based reading research be implemented in the primary grades. Quantitative studies presented in the…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Federal Legislation, Reading Skills, Reading Research
Booker, Kevin; Gill, Brian; Zimmer, Ron; Sass, Tim R. – RAND Corporation, 2009
Over the past decade, charter schools have been among the fastest-growing segments of the K-12 education sector in Chicago and across the country. This report addresses several key issues related to charter schools using student-level data provided by Chicago Public Schools. Students leaving traditional public schools for charter schools in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement
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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
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Federal Legislation, Testing Programs, Academic Achievement
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This year the Center on Education Policy (CEP) analyzed data on the achievement of different groups of students in two distinct ways. First, it looked at grade 4 test results to determine whether the performance of various groups improved at three achievement levels--basic and above, proficient and above, and advanced. Second, it looked at gaps…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Low Income, American Indians, African American Students
Krieg, John M. – Urban Institute (NJ1), 2009
The No Child Left Behind Act imposes sanctions on schools if the fraction of each of five racial groups of students demonstrating proficiency on a high stakes exam falls below a statewide pass rate. This system places pressure on school administrators to redirect educational resources from groups of students most likely to demonstrate proficiency…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Racial Bias, Sanctions, Federal Legislation
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Profiles, Educational Trends, Elementary School Students
White, Denise Sue – ProQuest LLC, 2009
Enrollment in Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) schools is declining as is the number of schools and teachers. While there could be many reasons for this, one perception of SDA schools, held by parents, teachers, pastors, and school board members, is that students enrolled in schools with one, two, or three teachers do not achieve at the same rate as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Parochial Schools, One Teacher Schools, Small Schools
Warne, Russell T. – Multicultural Education, 2009
Recently this journal published a research article examining the effectiveness of three different tests in identifying ethnically diverse gifted and talented children (Lewis, DeCamp-Fritson, Ramage, McFarland, & Archwamety, 2007, Volume 15, Number 1, pp. 38-42). After examining the proportions of Caucasian and non-Caucasian children identified…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Comparative Analysis, Gifted, Talent Identification
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Banks, Kathleen – Educational Assessment, 2009
The purpose of this article is to describe and demonstrate a three-step process of using differential distractor functioning (DDF) in a post hoc analysis to understand sources of differential item functioning (DIF) in multiple-choice testing. The process is demonstrated on two multiple-choice tests that used complex alternatives (e.g., "No…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Multiple Choice Tests, Testing, Gender Differences
Swackhamer, Lyn Ely; Koellner, Karen; Basile, Carole; Kimbrough, Doris – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2009
A teacher's sense of self-efficacy has been consistently recognized as an important attribute of effective teaching and has been positively correlated to teacher and student outcomes. A number of studies show the impact of teachers with high levels of efficacy. Students of these teachers have outperformed students who had teachers with lower…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Program Effectiveness
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Craig, Holly K.; Zhang, Lingling; Hensel, Stephanie L.; Quinn, Erin J. – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2009
Purpose: In this study, the authors evaluated the contribution made by dialect shifting to reading achievement test scores of African American English (AAE)-speaking students when controlling for the effects of socioeconomic status (SES), general oral language abilities, and writing skills. Method: Participants were 165 typically developing…
Descriptors: African American Students, Elementary School Students, North American English, Black Dialects
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