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Bauerlein, Mark; Milgram, R. James; Robbins, Jane – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2017
In 2016 the state of Massachusetts began a process to end the confusing series of alterations to education by revising and aligning the state's academic standards and tests. In March 2017 the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved revisions to the state English language arts (ELA) and math standards. The purpose of this report…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, State Standards, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests
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Nichols-Barrer, Ira; Place, Kate; Dillon, Erin; Gill, Brian P. – Education Next, 2016
The state of Massachusetts introduced a system of standardized testing in its public schools three years before the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandated such practices for all 50 states. Although the tests have evolved over time, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) has been in place ever since. After Massachusetts…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Common Core State Standards, College Readiness, Cutting Scores
Daniello, Frank – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The ability to express meaning in prose is a foundational skill in our society. Given the importance of being a competent writer, concern with the quality of writing instruction is a recurring theme among American educators (Cutler & Graham, 2008; Gilbert & Graham, 2010; National Commission on Writing, 2003, 2004, 2006). Research shows…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Longitudinal Studies, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
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Curtin, Jenny; Hurwitch, Bill; Olson, Tom – National Center for Education Statistics, 2012
An early warning system is a data-based tool that helps predict which students are on the right path towards eventual graduation or other grade-appropriate goals. Through such systems, stakeholders at the school and district levels can view data from a wide range of perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of student data. This "Statewide…
Descriptors: Databases, Educational Indicators, Predictor Variables, At Risk Students
Papay, John P.; Murnane, Richard J.; Willett, John B. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
In this paper, the authors examine how information that students receive about their academic performance affects their decisions to enroll in post-secondary education. In particular, they look at one specific piece of data--student performance on the state standardized mathematics test in grades 8 and 10 in Massachusetts. One key feature of such…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Mathematics Tests, Scores, Labeling (of Persons)
Leonard, Jack – Online Submission, 2010
This qualitative research case study examined the supports required for 31 academically average 10th grade students to succeed on three dual enrollment college courses. Conceptually, support was a team effort, with contributions considered from administrators, faculty, parents and students. The paper documents support contributions from all four…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Qualitative Research, School Readiness, Grade 10
Barnes, Tiffany, Ed.; Desmarais, Michel, Ed.; Romero, Cristobal, Ed.; Ventura, Sebastian, Ed. – International Working Group on Educational Data Mining, 2009
The Second International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM2009) was held at the University of Cordoba, Spain, on July 1-3, 2009. EDM brings together researchers from computer science, education, psychology, psychometrics, and statistics to analyze large data sets to answer educational research questions. The increase in instrumented…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Educational Research, Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries