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What Works Clearinghouse, 2012
The study reviewed in this report examined the effects of Philadelphia's "Renaissance Schools Initiative" on students in K-8 schools after one year of implementation. Schools were selected for participation based on their School Performance Index (SPI) at the start of the 2010-11 school year. The SPI rates every school in Philadelphia…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary Schools, School Turnaround, Program Effectiveness
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The study examined the effectiveness of Philadelphia's Renaissance Schools Initiative after one year of implementation. The Renaissance Schools Initiative, which began in the 2010-11 school year, aimed at improving low-performing schools by providing new management, additional resources, and new educational strategies. The study reported that…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Reading Achievement, Academic Achievement, Low Achievement
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O'Conner, Rosemarie; Abedi, Jamal; Tung, Stephanie – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2012
This study describes English language learner (ELL) student enrollment and achievement trends in Pennsylvania public schools between 2002/03 and 2008/09. Two research questions guide this study: (1) How did the enrollment of ELL students in Pennsylvania public schools change between 2002/03 and 2008/09?; and (2) How did performance (the percentage…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Comparative Analysis, Educational Indicators
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Riggan, Matthew; Olah, Leslie Nabors – Educational Assessment, 2011
Promising research on the teaching and learning impact of classroom-embedded formative assessment has spawned interest in a broader array of assessment tools and practices, including interim assessment. Although researchers have begun to explore the impact of interim assessments in the classroom, like other assessment tools and practices, they…
Descriptors: Homework, Student Evaluation, Observation, Formative Evaluation
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2009
"Odyssey Math," published by CompassLearning[R], is a web-based K-8 mathematics curriculum and assessment tool designed to allow for instructional differentiation and data-driven decision making. The online program includes electronic curriculum and materials for individual or small group work, assessments aligned with state curriculum…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Computer Software, Instructional Effectiveness, Grade 5