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Alderman, Clyde E. – Online Submission, 2008
This applied dissertation was designed to evaluate a Reading Recovery program at an alternative school in Florida. The Reading Recovery program was used as an intervention for improving students' reading skills and performances on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) that is given each year to students in Grades 7 and 8. The…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Middle Schools, Remedial Reading, Reading Failure
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Garcia, David R. – Educational Policy, 2008
This study captures the impact of school choice decisions by comparing the racial composition of the district schools students exited to the charter schools they entered. Charter school catchment areas are operationalized using a statewide student-level database to track school attendance patterns of individual students over 4 years. Charter…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Racial Segregation, American Indians, School Choice
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Thompson, Gail; Madhuri, Marga; Taylor, Deborah – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2008
Two pressing education reforms entail improving students' reading skills and improving high schools in the United States. In this article, the authors focus on both of these issues by adding the voices of students in an underperforming high school to the discussion about reading reform. We present the results of a larger study pertaining…
Descriptors: High Schools, Focus Groups, Educational Change, Reading Skills
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Shapiro, Edward S. – School Psychology Review, 2008
Over many decades, the efforts of researchers to understand key issues in the reading performance of those children most at risk for developing later reading problems has been relentless. This article presents the author's commentary to three studies: (1) Vanderwood, Linklater, and Healy (2008); (2) Edl, Jones, and Estell (2008); and (3) Baker et…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning, Risk, Research and Development
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Alexander-Passe, Neil – Dyslexia, 2008
All school children experience stress at some point in their school careers. This study investigates whether dyslexic children, by way of their educational and social difficulties, experience higher levels of stress at school. The School Situation Survey was used to investigate both the sources and manifestations of stress amongst dyslexic…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Siblings, Dyslexia, Age Differences
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Matsumura, Lindsay Clare; Garnier, Helen E.; Slater, Sharon Cadman; Boston, Melissa D. – Educational Assessment, 2008
This study explores two approaches to directly measuring the quality of instruction: teachers' assignments with student work and focused lesson observations. The technical quality and potential feasibility of these approaches for measuring instruction in large numbers of classrooms are compared within two different content areas (reading…
Descriptors: Assignments, Reading Comprehension, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests
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Phillips, Amber – Physical Educator, 2008
The purpose of this study was to describe the differences of teachers with and without National Board Certification in relation to their percentages of student competency in high school physical education. Data from the South Carolina Physical Education Assessment Program (SCPEAP) were used as the measure of student competency. Student competency…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Psychomotor Skills, Competence
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Young, John W.; Cho, Yeonsuk; Ling, Guangming; Cline, Fred; Steinberg, Jonathan; Stone, Elizabeth – Educational Assessment, 2008
English language learners (ELLs) constitute one of the fastest growing subpopulations of students in the United States. It is important to determine whether the assessments used by states in determining students' proficiencies are valid and fair for ELLs. This study focused on several standards-based assessments in mathematics and science…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, State Standards, Word Lists, Construct Validity
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Meadows, Sara; Herrick, David; Witt, Marcus – British Educational Research Journal, 2008
The aim of the National Numeracy Strategy is to raise standards in numeracy. Strong evidence for its success has, however, been lacking: most of the available data come from performance on National Test assessments administered in schools or from Ofsted reports, and is vulnerable to suggestions of bias. An opportunistic analysis of data from a…
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Numeracy, Arithmetic, National Competency Tests
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Chard, David J.; Stoolmiller, Mike; Harn, Beth A.; Wanzek, Jeanne; Vaughn, Sharon; Linan-Thompson, Sylvia; Kame'enui, Edward J. – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2008
Despite recent research findings that implicate a long list of student variables that predict reading success or failure, these predictor variables have not been considered in the context of contemporary models of multitiered schoolwide reading intervention. This longitudinal, retrospective study follows 668 kindergarten and first-grade students…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Fluency, Standardized Tests, Predictor Variables
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VanDerHeyden, Amanda M.; Burns, Matthew K. – Assessment for Effective Intervention, 2008
This article investigates the utility of various estimates of mathematics proficiency. The participants were 432 students in Grades 2 through 5. The delayed alternate form reliability of multiskill probes, retention probes, slopes of student growth, and trials to criterion were computed. The fluency probes were found to be both sufficiently…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Scores, Grade 5, Grade 2
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Ryan, Jennifer; Keir, Scott – Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific, 2008
This technical brief describes the large-scale assessment measures and practices used in the jurisdictions served by the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory. The need for effective large-scale assessment was identified as a major priority for improving student achievement in the Pacific Region jurisdictions: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the…
Descriptors: Measurement, Educational Assessment, Norm Referenced Tests, Criterion Referenced Tests
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Gamse, Beth C.; Jacob, Robin Tepper; Horst, Megan; Boulay, Beth; Unlu, Fatih – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008
This report presents findings from the third and final year of the Reading First Impact Study (RFIS), a congressionally mandated evaluation of the federal government's initiative to help all children read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 established Reading First (RF) and mandated its…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Regression (Statistics), State Programs
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Gamse, Beth C.; Jacob, Robin Tepper; Horst, Megan; Boulay, Beth; Unlu, Fatih – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008
This document provides an executive summary of "Reading First Impact Study. Final Report. NCEE 2009-4038." The final report presents findings from the third and final year of the Reading First Impact Study (RFIS), a congressionally mandated evaluation of the federal government's initiative to help all children read at or above grade…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, State Programs, Federal Legislation, Phonemic Awareness
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Roehrig, Alysia D.; Petscher, Yaacov; Nettles, Stephen M.; Hudson, Roxanne F.; Torgesen, Joseph K. – Journal of School Psychology, 2008
We evaluated the validity of DIBELS ("Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills") ORF ("Oral Reading Fluency") for predicting performance on the "Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test" (FCAT-SSS) and "Stanford Achievement Test" (SAT-10) reading comprehension measures. The usefulness of previously…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests
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