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Barr, Dennis J.; Boulay, Beth; Selman, Robert L.; McCormick, Rachel; Lowenstein, Ethan; Gamse, Beth; Fine, Melinda; Leonard, M. Brielle – Teachers College Record, 2015
Background/Context: Billions of dollars are spent annually on professional development (PD) for educators, yet few randomized controlled trials (RCT) have demonstrated the ultimate impact PD has on student learning. Further, while policymakers and others speak to the role schools should play in developing students' civic awareness, RCTs of PD…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers, Citizenship Education, Academic Achievement
Herrera, Carla; Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Linden, Leigh L. – MDRC, 2013
One crucial decision that middle schoolers (and their families) make is where they will attend high school. Many districts employ school choice systems designed to allow students to pick a high school that will meet their needs and interests. Yet most students prefer high schools that are close to home, and for youth in low-income neighborhoods,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Middle School Students
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Finkelstein, Neal; Hanson, Thomas; Huang, Chun-Wei; Hirschman, Becca; Huang, Min – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2011
This study examines whether the Problem Based Economics curriculum developed by the Buck Institute for Education improves grade 12 students' content knowledge as measured by the Test of Economic Literacy, a test refined by the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) over decades. Students' problem-solving skills in economics were also…
Descriptors: Test Items, Intervention, Economics Education, Problem Based Learning
Miller, Cynthia; Riccio, James – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
Aimed at low-income families in six of New York City's highest-poverty communities, Family Rewards ties cash rewards to a pre-specified set of activities and outcomes thought to be critical to families' short- and long-term success in the areas of children's education, family preventive health care, and parents' employment. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Family Programs, Family Income, Rewards
Bloom, Howard S.; Thompson, Saskia Levy; Unterman, Rebecca – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
Over the last decade, New York City has been the site of a systemwide high school reform effort that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Since 2002, the school district has closed more than 20 failing high schools, opened more than 200 new secondary schools, and implemented a centralized high school admission process in which approximately…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Required Courses, High Schools, School Restructuring
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Xu, Zeyu; Hannaway, Jane; Taylor, Colin – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2011
Teach For America (TFA) selects and places graduates from the most competitive colleges as teachers in the lowest-performing schools in the country. This paper is the first study that examines TFA effects in high school. We use rich longitudinal data from North Carolina and estimate TFA effects through cross-subject student and school fixed…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Placement, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
Furgeson, Joshua; Gill, Brian; Haimson, Joshua; Killewald, Alexandra; McCullough, Moira; Nichols-Barrer, Ira; Verbitsky-Savitz, Natalya; Teh, Bing-ru; Bowen, Melissa; Demeritt, Allison; Hill, Paul; Lake, Robin – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2012
Charter schools--public schools of choice that are operated autonomously, outside the direct control of local school districts--have become more prevalent over the past two decades. There is no consensus about whether, on average, charter schools are doing better or worse than conventional public schools at promoting the achievement of their…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Nonprofit Organizations, Organizational Effectiveness
Bloom, Howard S.; Thompson, Saskia Levy; Unterman, Rebecca – MDRC, 2010
Since 2002, New York City has closed more than 20 underperforming public high schools, opened more than 200 new secondary schools, and introduced a centralized high school admissions process in which approximately 80,000 students a year indicate their school preferences from a wide-ranging choice of programs. At the heart of these reforms lie 123…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Educational Experience, Educational Improvement
Glazerman, Steven; Seifullah, Allison – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2010
In 2007, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) began implementing a schoolwide reform called the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) using funds from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) and private foundations. Under the TAP model, teachers can earn extra pay and responsibilities through promotion to mentor or master teacher as well as annual…
Descriptors: Teacher Promotion, Mentors, Academic Achievement, Teacher Motivation
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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
Xu, Zeyu; Hannaway, Jane; Taylor, Colin – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, 2009
This research investigates the relative effectiveness (in terms of student tested achievement) of Teach for America (TFA) teachers, and examines the validity of the criticisms of TFA. Specifically, the authors look at TFA teachers in secondary schools, and especially in math and science, where considerable program growth is planned over the next…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, High Schools