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Finkelstein, Neal; Hanson, Thomas; Huang, Chun-Wei; Hirschman, Becca; Huang, Min – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
Since 1995, the Buck Institute has partnered with university economists and expert teachers to create the Problem Based Economics curriculum. The curriculum was developed to respond to NCEE (National Council on Economic Education) standards, and it is supported by professional development for teachers. This study examines whether the Problem Based…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Problem Based Learning, Secondary School Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Somers, Marie-Andree; Corrin, William; Sepanik, Susan; Salinger, Terry; Levin, Jesse; Zmach, Courtney – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), just over 70 percent of students nationally arrive in high school with reading skills that are below "proficient"--defined as demonstrating competency over challenging subject matter. Of these students, nearly half do not exhibit even partial mastery of the knowledge…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Adolescents, High Schools, Grade 9
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Goodson, Barbara; Wolf, Anne; Bell, Steve; Turner, Herb; Finney, Pamela B. – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
State education departments, in discussions with Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast, identified low reading achievement as a critical issue for their students and expressed an interest in identifying effective strategies to promote the foundational skills in young students that might improve reading achievement. The Mississippi…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Intervention, Reading Aloud to Others, Observation
August, Diane; Branum-Martin, Lee; Cardenas-Hagan, Elsa; Francis, David – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2010
The goal of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an intervention--Quality English and Science Teaching (QuEST)--designed to develop the science knowledge and academic language of middle grades English language learners studying science in their second language and their English-proficient classmates. Both English language learners and…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Intervention, Vocabulary, Second Language Learning
Goodman, Sarena; Turner, Lesley – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
Teacher compensation schemes are often criticized for lacking a performance-based component. Proponents of merit pay argue that linking teacher salaries to student achievement will incentivize teachers to focus on raising student achievement and stimulate innovation across the school system as a whole. In this paper, we utilize a policy experiment…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, Class Activities, Teacher Persistence
Millenky, Megan; Bloom, Dan; Dillon, Colleen – MDRC, 2010
Young people who drop out of high school face long odds of success in a labor market that increasingly values education and skills. This report presents interim results from a rigorous, ongoing evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which aims to "reclaim the lives of at-risk youth" who have dropped out of high school.…
Descriptors: Military Service, Control Groups, Educational Development, Mentors
Sullivan, Colleen Janette – ProQuest LLC, 2010
First-year students experience academic, social, and emotional adjustments as they transition to college. First-year experience courses support students in this transitional phase by helping them integrate into the campus environment and by teaching them college-appropriate learning strategies. This study explored the role that participation in a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Seminars, Grade Point Average, Self Efficacy
Bibi, Tauqir – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The Carnegie Learning Cognitive Tutor curricula are based on cognitive models, which include a representation of the learner's thinking, strategies, and misconceptions. The Cognitive Tutor curricula typically speed up learning and yield greater learning as compared to traditional math curricula (Morgan & Ritter, 2002; Sarkis, 2004; Koedinger,…
Descriptors: Tutors, Geometry, Misconceptions, Core Curriculum
Brown, Kenyartic LeWon – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study was needed to determine if the Accelerated Reader (AR) program made a positive impact in schools, which were attempting to increase student achievement in reading. The purpose of this study was to determine if students who received reading instruction supplemented with the AR Program achieved higher reading scores as measured by the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Basal Reading, Reading Achievement, Academic Achievement
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Bai, Haiyan; Pan, Wei – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2010
The present study utilizes a multilevel approach to assess the effects of four different types of intervention on college student retention, focusing on the interaction effects between the student characteristics and the types of intervention. The program effects on a 3-year trend are also explored. The findings of the present study reveal that…
Descriptors: Intervention, Social Integration, Interaction, School Holding Power
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Wexler, Jade; Vaughn, Sharon; Roberts, Greg; Denton, Carolyn A. – Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 2010
This experimental study was conducted to examine the efficacy of repeated reading and wide reading practice interventions for high school students with severe reading disabilities. Effects on comprehension, fluency, and word reading were evaluated. Participants were 96 students with reading disabilities in grades 9-12. Students were paired within…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Reading Difficulties, Learning Disabilities, Effect Size
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O'Connor, Rollanda E.; Swanson, H. Lee; Geraghty, Cathleen – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2010
Improving reading rate can be difficult for poor readers. In this experiment, we investigated the impact of improvement in reading rate on other aspects of reading, including word recognition, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension. Poor readers in Grades 2 or 4 (N = 123) were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: practice reading text at their…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Independent Reading, Word Recognition, Grade 2
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Lorch, Robert F., Jr.; Lorch, Elizabeth P.; Calderhead, William J.; Dunlap, Emily E.; Hodell, Emily C.; Freer, Benjamin Dunham – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2010
Students (n = 797) from 36 4th-grade classrooms were taught the control of variables strategy for designing experiments. In the instruct condition, classes were taught in an interactive lecture format. In the manipulate condition, students worked in groups to design and run experiments to determine the effects of four variables. In the both…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Experiments, Predictor Variables, Pretests Posttests
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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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Begeny, John C.; Laugle, Kelly M.; Krouse, Hailey E.; Lynn, Amy E.; Tayrose, Michelle P.; Stage, Scott A. – School Psychology Review, 2010
Reading fluency is a critical component of effective reading instruction for students of early elementary age. However, national data suggest that 40% of U.S. fourth-grade students are nonfluent readers. Implementing evidence-based, time-efficient, and procedurally standardized instructional strategies may help address this problem. This study…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Early Reading, Reading Programs, Effect Size
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