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Pollio, Marty; Hochbein, Craig – Teachers College Record, 2015
Background/Context: From two decades of research on the grading practices of teachers in secondary schools, researchers discovered that teachers evaluated students on numerous factors that do not validly assess a student's achievement level in a specific content area. These consistent findings suggested that traditional grading practices evolved…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Academic Standards, Grading, Scores
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Baete, Glenn S.; Hochbein, Craig – Journal of Educational Research, 2014
The authors sought to determine if an urban school district's effort to fundamentally change teaching, assessment, and intervention practices increased student achievement and decreased achievement variation among classrooms in 11 high schools. They examined Grade 11 mathematics achievement data from the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Kentucky Core…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Hochbein, Craig; Mitchell, Amanda M.; Pollio, Martin – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
The recent policy focus on the turnaround of persistently low-achieving schools has generated considerable debate about the reforms needed to dramatically and quickly increase school performance. The purpose of this article is not to focus on specific turnaround interventions, but rather on the identification of schools slated to receive these…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Effectiveness, Low Achievement, Intervention