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Toppo, Greg – Education Next, 2020
Accommodations, deserved or undeserved, have been under the microscope in 2019. They played a prominent role in this year's Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, with prosecutors alleging that wealthy parents persuaded willing psychologists to say their child needed extra time in special testing centers--in a few cases, ringers proctored the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Individualized Education Programs, Thinking Skills, Timed Tests
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Guthrie, Kate H. – Roeper Review, 2020
What is it like to be a gifted adolescent girl in today's world? Situated in the context of a five-session group activity, called Gifted+Grounded, the purpose of this qualitative inquiry study was to better understand how two groups of gifted adolescent girls (Group 1 = 11, Group 2 = 14; Ages 13-16) made meaning of being "gifted." The…
Descriptors: Females, Student Attitudes, Groups, Summer Programs
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Talbert, Lance E.; Bonner, James; Mortezaei, Kiana; Guregyan, Cybill; Henbest, Grace; Eichler, Jack F. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
In an effort to improve student conceptual understanding and help students better connect pre-existing knowledge to new ideas, a concept map assignment was implemented in a first-year college level general chemistry course. This implementation included a quasi-experiment that was carried out in discussion group recitation sections within a…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Large Group Instruction
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Tabron, Lolita A.; Ramlackhan, Karen – Educational Policy, 2019
We critically examined the odds of earning a college preparatory diploma for African American high school seniors receiving special education services under Texas's Top 10% Policy (TTPP). Critical policy analysis was used to explore the meritocratic guise of college access for African American youth with disabilities, and through DisCrit,…
Descriptors: State Policy, Disabilities, Access to Education, African American Students
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Snyder, Thomas D.; de Brey, Cristobal; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2019
The 2017 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 53rd in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Federal Aid, Educational Finance
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Veurink, Norma L.; Sorby, Sheryl A. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2019
Three-dimensional spatial skills are a cognitive ability that have been shown to predict success in engineering. Michigan Tech has been offering a course to help students improve their 3-D spatial skills for more than two decades. In previous studies, students who failed a rotations test and enrolled in the course performed better on a number of…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Spatial Ability, Engineering Education, Cognitive Ability
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Micari, Marina; Pazos, Pilar – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This study examines academic outcomes for university students engaged in a supplemental peer learning program in a selective institution. Using a matched sample of 1266 students, half enrolled in the supplemental program and half not enrolled, we find that participating students on average earned higher grades in linked courses. Using a subsample…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Selective Admission, Grades (Scholastic), Chemistry
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Ghaith, Ghazi – TESL-EJ, 2019
This study investigates the interrelatedness the English as a foreign language demotivation factors of learning difficulties, threats to self-worth, monotonous teaching, poor student-teacher relationships, and learners' proficiency in critical reading and writing. Eighty (n =80) EFL learners participated in the study. The rationale for the study…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Writing (Composition), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Jewett, Elizabeth C. – ProQuest LLC, 2019
The United States must expand the STEM pipeline in order to meet the growing demand of the STEM workforce and maintain our nation's prosperity and competitiveness in the global economy. The urgency of this need has been proclaimed by policymakers, business leaders, politicians, and educators. Despite the growing demand for STEM professionals,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Bias, Racial Bias, Ethnicity
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Zwick, Rebecca; Ye, Lei; Isham, Steven – Applied Measurement in Education, 2019
In US colleges, the scarcity of students from low-income families is a major concern. We present a novel way of boosting the percentage of qualified low-income students using constrained optimization (CO), an operations research technique. CO allows incorporation of both academic requirements and diversity goals in college admissions. The incoming…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Operations Research, College Admission, Admission Criteria
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Burkholder, Eric W.; Wieman, Carl E. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019
We examined the variation in Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE) preclass scores according to the type of physics class a student had in high school. This was done for students who had taken Physics 1 at a highly selective university. The majority of students had taken an Advanced Placement (AP) physics course, allowing us to examine in…
Descriptors: Physics, Advanced Placement Programs, Science Instruction, Science Tests
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Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
This article offers a critique of the validity argument put forward by Camara, Mattern, Croft, and Vispoel (2019) regarding the use of college-admissions tests in high school assessment systems. We challenge their argument in two main ways. First, we illustrate why their argument fails to address broader issues related to consequences of using…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Test Use, Validity
Kansas Association of School Boards, 2019
For many years, Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) has provided information on Kansas' rankings compared to other states on a variety of student outcome measures. In addition, KASB annually determines "peer states" which are most similar to Kansas in terms of student characteristics, adult population characteristics and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Expenditure per Student, Educational Finance, Postsecondary Education
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Strohl, Jeff; Van Der Werf, Martin; Quinn, Michael C.; Campbell, Kathryn Peltier – Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2019
Judging from how much high school students and their parents worry about standardized test scores, one might presume that an SAT or ACT score is the primary factor in college admissions. But a look at the numbers reveals a different reality. A review of SAT and ACT standardized test scores among students in a recent class at the nation's 200 most…
Descriptors: College Admission, Selective Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Admission Criteria
Carmichael, Ryan – Online Submission, 2019
All studies with randomized controlled experiments (scientific studies) on the effectiveness of SAT test preparation courses were analyzed to find SAT prep's true effectiveness (the average point change to average course hours ratio). The scientific studies complete with both known average point change and known average course length (complete…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Aptitude Tests, Test Preparation, Outcomes of Education
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