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Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Cannon, Jill S.; Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2018
Launched in 2012, The Big Lift is a collective impact initiative extending from preschool to third grade that aims to boost children's reading proficiency in San Mateo County, California, through four different types of activities, called "pillars": (1) High-Quality Preschool, (2) Summer Learning, (3) School Attendance, and (4) Family…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Outcomes of Education, Elementary Schools
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Banes, Leslie C.; Ambrose, Rebecca C.; Bayley, Robert; Restani, Rachel M.; Martin, Heather A. – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2018
This mixed-method study examines the relationship between classroom discussion and student performance in twenty 3rd and 4th grade classrooms in northern California with 50% English language learners (ELLs). Discussions were scored on features including use of multiple approaches for solving problems, students' opportunities to speak, equitable…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Tests, Problem Solving
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Bruni, Coral M.; Winter, Patricia L.; Schultz, P. Wesley; Omoto, Allen M.; Tabanico, Jennifer J. – Environmental Education Research, 2017
People in industrialized countries may be losing their connection with nature. The Get to Know Program (Get to Know) is a multi-faceted program aimed at encouraging direct connection with nature through a variety of activities (observations of wildlife, hiking, creative arts, and special events), specifically among youth. Three studies assessed…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Youth Programs
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Diamond, Elena; Furlong, Michael J.; Quirk, Matthew – Contemporary School Psychology, 2016
This study investigated associations between school-readiness patterns of Latino students and their subsequent academic achievement. After identifying a subgroup of students with academic risk at kindergarten entry who showed signs of later average or better academic skill development, academic data were gathered to explore how this group of…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students
Haas, Eric; Tran, Loan; Linquanti, Robert; Bailey, Alison – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2015
The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the extent to which a proposed home language survey in California could better identify possible English learner and multilingual students than the current home language survey. The responses to a proposed and current survey were examined for students registering for kindergarten through grade…
Descriptors: Parent Surveys, State Surveys, English Language Learners, Language Tests
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Courtney, Robert H. – Multicultural Education, 2015
In 2005, a group of concerned parents who had arrived in the United States as refugees from war-torn Somalia received approval from their local school district to establish the Iftin Charter School (ICS). The K-8 school continues to engender hope and intellectual strength in its students and parents. ICS finds itself uniquely equipped to meet the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Refugees, Charter Schools, Second Language Learning
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Perez, Maria; Kennedy, Alec – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
The number of students that live in families where a language other than English is spoken has risen relative to the English-only households in the United States over the last 25 years. These students face the dual challenge of mastering English while acquiring academic skills and knowledge. The education of these students has been shaped by…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, English Language Learners, Classroom Environment, Barriers
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Lindholm-Leary, Kathryn – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2014
The purpose of this research was to better understand the bilingual and biliteracy skills of Spanish-speaking low-socio-economic status (low-SES) children who attended an English or a bilingual programme during preschool and kindergarten/first grade, and to determine whether their outcomes varied according to instructional language and primary…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Low Income, Spanish Speaking, Literacy
Gonzalez, Michael – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The introduction of the Internet and its hyperlinked content made easily accessible with portable digital devices like smart phones and tablets, posed challenges to the traditional linear and print-oriented notions of what it means to read and write. Now that these traditional notions of read and write literacy have been breached by these…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Disadvantaged
Collins, Joyce C. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
National attention has been focused on improving students' ability to read since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The California Reading First Program was implemented throughout the state with the goal of improving reading skills for students from kindergarten through third grade. This research study was designed…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
Hamlin, Christine – ProQuest LLC, 2013
During conferences to decide whether or not to retain a child, usually two questions are asked. The first is, "Will retention bring success in school?" The other is, "If we retain him, will he perform better in school than if we don't retain him?" The goal of this research was to see if retained students would make enough…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Policy, School Holding Power, Low Achievement
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Starkey, Prentice; Klein, Alice; DeFlorio, Lydia – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
There is a national need for effective interventions to improve school readiness and subsequent achievement in mathematics for students from low-income families. The purpose of this study was to implement and evaluate a 2-year preschool math intervention that began at preschool entry when children were 3 years of age and continued through the end…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten
Maddox, Pamela Rena – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Every educator's quest is to help students learn in the environment that will allow them to obtain and retain the information presented to them. In the new age of technology, more students are able to choose the environment in which they learn. This study is a quantitative comparative study of the academic performance between online and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, High School Students, English Instruction, Language Arts
Black, Aime – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Student achievement to reward or sanction schools. These unadjusted accountability indicators do not account for differences in student or school characteristics that contribute to variations in assessment results. Since the "Coleman Report" (1966), a guiding principle in accountability design has been that educational outcomes data…
Descriptors: Least Squares Statistics, Regression (Statistics), Accountability, Educational Indicators
Cohen, Miriam – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The outcome of American students' performances during international comparisons consistently scoring inadequately in mathematics exposes the crisis of deficient mathematics achievement thus causing deep concerns. Learners who acquire a strong theoretical foundation in mathematics at the primary level thrived later in more advanced level…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Mathematics Achievement
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