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Lin-Siegler, Xiaodong; Ahn, Janet N.; Chen, Jondou; Fang, Fu-Fen Anny; Luna-Lucero, Myra – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Students' beliefs that success in science depends on exceptional talent negatively impact their motivation to learn. For example, such beliefs have been shown to be a major factor steering students away from taking science and math courses in high school and college. In the present study, we tested a novel story-based instruction that models how…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Interests, Learning Motivation, Science Instruction
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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
Pane, John F.; Griffin, Beth Ann; McCaffrey, Daniel F.; Karam, Rita – RAND Corporation, 2014
This addendum to previously published results presents alternative analyses of data from large-scale effectiveness studies of Cognitive Tutor Algebra I in middle schools and high schools. These alternative analyses produce results that are substantively the same as previously reported. We find a significant positive effect of 0.21 standard…
Descriptors: Algebra, Statistical Significance, Pretests Posttests, Reader Response
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Johnson, Valerie L.; Simon, Patricia; Mun, Eun-Young – Journal of Educational Research, 2014
The authors investigated the impact of a manualized high school transition program, the Peer Group Connection (PGC) program, on the graduation rate at a low-income, Mid-Atlantic high school. The program utilized 12th-grade student peer leaders to create a supportive environment for incoming ninth-grade students. Results of a randomized control…
Descriptors: High School Students, Graduation Rate, Hispanic Americans, Males
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Hoxby, Caroline; Turner, Sarah – Education Next, 2013
For this study, the authors designed an experiment to test whether some high-achieving, low-income students would change their behavior if they knew more about colleges and, more importantly, whether a cost-effective way to help such students realize their full array of college opportunities can be implemented. This was done by randomly assigning…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Intervention, High Achievement, Low Income Groups
Deussen, Theresa; Scott, Caitlin; Nelsestuen, Kari; Roccograndi, Angela; Davis, Ann – Education Northwest, 2012
In 2009, the United States Department of Education conducted a competition for a second round of Striving Readers grants. Its dual purpose was to: (1) Raise middle and high school students' literacy levels in Title I-eligible schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level; and (2) Build a strong, scientific research base…
Descriptors: Grants, Reading Instruction, Middle School Students, High School Students
Hobbs, Robert Maurice – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Teachers can use culturally relevant pedagogical strategies and technologies as emerging tools to improve students' problem-solving skills. The purpose of this study was to investigate and assess the effectiveness of culturally specific computer-based instructional tasks on ninth-grade African American mathematics students. This study tried to…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, National Competency Tests, Test Construction, Maps
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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
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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Edmunds, Julie A.; Bernstein, Lawrence; Unlu, Fatih; Glennie, Elizabeth; Willse, John; Smith, Arthur; Arshavsky, Nina – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
Early college high schools are a new and rapidly spreading model that merges the high school and college experiences and that is designed to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. This article presents results from a federally funded experimental study of the impact of the…
Descriptors: Control Groups, High School Students, Suspension, Grade 9
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Wolf, Patrick; Gutmann, Babette; Puma, Michael; Kisida, Brian; Rizzo, Lou; Eissa, Nada; Carr, Matthew – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2010
The District of Columbia School Choice Incentive Act of 2003, passed by Congress in January 2004, established the first federally funded, private school voucher program in the United States. Since that time, more than 8,400 students have applied for what is now called the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), and a rigorous evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Graduation Rate, School Choice, Educational Environment
Bloom, Dan; Gardenhire-Crooks, Alissa; Mandsager, Conrad – MDRC, 2009
High school dropouts face daunting odds of success in a labor market that increasingly rewards education and skills. This report presents very early results from a rigorous, independent evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, an intensive residential program that aims to "reclaim the lives" of young people ages 16 to 18…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High Schools, Youth Programs, Residential Programs