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Hitchcock, John; Dimino, Joseph; Kurki, Anja; Wilkins, Chuck; Gersten, Russell – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2011
Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) is a set of instructional strategies designed to improve the reading comprehension of students with diverse abilities (Klingner and Vaughn 1996). Teachers implement CSR at the classroom level using scaffolded instruction to guide students in the independent use of four comprehension strategies; students apply…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Educational Strategies, Validity
Miller, Cynthia; Riccio, James – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
Aimed at low-income families in six of New York City's highest-poverty communities, Family Rewards ties cash rewards to a pre-specified set of activities and outcomes thought to be critical to families' short- and long-term success in the areas of children's education, family preventive health care, and parents' employment. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Family Programs, Family Income, Rewards
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Drummond, Kathryn; Chinen, Marjorie; Duncan, Teresa Garcia; Miller, H. Ray; Fryer, Lindsay; Zmach, Courtney; Culp, Katherine – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2011
"Thinking Reader" is a software program for students in Grades 5-8 that incorporates elements commonly identified in policy reports as being key components of effective adolescent literacy instruction. This evaluation of the impact of "Thinking Reader" use by Grade 6 students focused on two confirmatory research questions about…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Computer Software, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Randel, Bruce; Beesley, Andrea D.; Apthorp, Helen; Clark, Tedra F.; Wang, Xin; Cicchinelli, Louis F.; Williams, Jean M. – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2011
This study was conducted by the Central Region Educational Laboratory (REL Central) administered by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning to provide educators and policymakers with rigorous evidence about the potential of Classroom Assessment for Student Learning (CASL) to improve student achievement. CASL is a widely used professional…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Gunn, Barbara; Smolkowski, Keith; Vadasy, Patricia – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
This article reports the outcomes of an experimental evaluation of "Read Well Kindergarten" (RWK), a program that focuses on the development of vocabulary, phonological awareness, alphabetic understanding, and decoding. Kindergarten teachers in 24 elementary schools in New Mexico and Oregon were randomly assigned, by school, to teach RWK…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Beginning Reading, Phonological Awareness, Program Effectiveness
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Lonigan, Christopher J.; Farver, JoAnn M.; Phillips, Beth M.; Clancy-Menchetti, Jeanine – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2011
To date, there have been few causally interpretable evaluations of the impacts of preschool curricula on the skills of children at-risk for academic difficulties, and even fewer studies have demonstrated statistically significant or educationally meaningful effects. In this cluster-randomized study, we evaluated the impacts of a literacy-focused…
Descriptors: Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Children, Workshops, Emergent Literacy
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Clements, Douglas H.; Sarama, Julie; Spitler, Mary Elaine; Lange, Alissa A.; Wolfe, Christopher B. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2011
This study employed a cluster randomized trial design to evaluate the effectiveness of a research-based intervention for improving the mathematics education of very young children. This intervention includes the "Building Blocks" mathematics curriculum, which is structured in research-based learning trajectories, and congruous…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Dietetics, Intervention, Mathematics Education
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Simmons, Deborah C.; Coyne, Michael D.; Hagan-Burke, Shanna; Kwok, Oi-man; Simmons, Leslie; Johnson, Caitlin; Zou, Yuanyuan; Taylor, Aaron B.; McAlenney, Athena Lentini; Ruby, Maureen; Crevecoeur, Yvel C. – Exceptional Children, 2011
This study compared the effects of 2 supplemental interventions on the beginning reading performance of kindergarteners identified as at risk of reading difficulty. Students (N = 206) were assigned randomly at the classroom level either to an explicit/systematic commercial program or to a school-designed practice intervention taught 30 min per day…
Descriptors: Spelling, Intervention, Beginning Reading, Effect Size
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Fantuzzo, John W.; Gadsden, Vivian L.; McDermott, Paul A. – American Educational Research Journal, 2011
This article reports on the development and field trial of an integrated Head Start curriculum (Evidence-Based Program for Integrated Curricula [EPIC]) that focuses on comprehensive mathematics, language, and literacy skills. Seventy Head Start classrooms (N = 1,415 children) were randomly assigned to one of two curriculum programs: EPIC or the…
Descriptors: Evidence, Integrated Curriculum, Formative Evaluation, Preschool Curriculum
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Tyler, Ann A.; Gillon, Gail; Macrae, Toby; Johnson, Roberta L. – Topics in Language Disorders, 2011
Aim: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an integrated phoneme awareness/speech intervention in comparison to an alternating speech/morphosyntax intervention for specific areas targeted by the different interventions, as well as the extent of indirect gains in nontargeted areas. Method: A total of 30 children with co-occurring…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Morphemes, Oral Language, Language Impairments
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Kim, James S.; Olson, Carol Booth; Scarcella, Robin; Kramer, Jason; Pearson, Matthew; van Dyk, David; Collins, Penny; Land, Robert E. – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
This study reports Year 1 findings from a multisite cluster randomized controlled trial of a cognitive strategies approach to teaching text-based analytical writing for mainstreamed Latino English language learners (ELLs) in 9 middle schools and 6 high schools. There were 103 English teachers stratified by school and grade and then randomly…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Intervention, Writing Instruction, Writing Tests
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Clark, M. H.; Cundiff, Nicole L. – Research in Higher Education, 2011
Researchers investigated the impact that a first-year college experience course had on students' first-year grade point averages (GPAs) and retention rates. A sample of 109 first-year students enrolled in the course was compared to a sample of 326 students from the same university who had not taken the course. The goals of the experience course…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Grade Point Average, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
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Jitendra, Asha K.; Star, Jon R.; Rodriguez, Michael; Lindell, Mary; Someki, Fumio – Learning and Instruction, 2011
This study investigated the effectiveness of an instructional program (schema-based instruction, SBI) designed to teach 7th graders how to comprehend and solve proportion problems involving ratios/rates, scale drawings, and percents. The SBI program emphasized the underlying mathematical structure of problems via schematic diagrams, focused on a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Problem Solving, Grade 7, Thinking Skills
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McNeil, Nicole M.; Fyfe, Emily R.; Petersen, Lori A.; Dunwiddie, April E.; Brletic-Shipley, Heather – Child Development, 2011
This study examined whether practice with arithmetic problems presented in a nontraditional problem format improves understanding of mathematical equivalence. Children (M age = 8;0; N = 90) were randomly assigned to practice addition in one of three conditions: (a) traditional, in which problems were presented in the traditional "operations…
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, Arithmetic, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Skills
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Strain, Phillip S.; Bovey, Edward H. – Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 2011
A clustered randomized design was used in which 28 inclusive preschool classrooms were randomly assigned to receive 2 years of training and coaching to fidelity in the LEAP (Learning Experiences and Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Their Parents) preschool model, and 28 inclusive classes were assigned to receive intervention manuals only.…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Preschool Education, Autism, Young Children
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