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Jackson, Whitney – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Tomorrow's STEM workforce consists of today's students. While it is imperative for students to gain a wider perspective of STEM careers, there are various ways in which this can be accomplished in the classroom. Classroom STEM exposure, field trip experiences, and opportunities to interview those in STEM occupations have all proven effective but…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Careers, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
Fortson, Brenda K. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study explores factors that may be related to Mississippi's 2015 eighth-grade reading scores, which rank the state in 50th place (Nation's Report Card, 2016). Whereas there are likely several factors that contribute to middle-school students' poor performance on the high-stakes tests, this study examines teachers' reported knowledge and use…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Middle School Students, High Stakes Tests, Teaching Methods
Dudley, Thomas Pettit, III – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Introduced in the era of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and continued with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are required to assess students in English Language Arts. The Mississippi Department of Education, in accordance with NCLB and later ESSA, developed the statewide accountability and accreditation model to measure student progress…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Language Arts, Academic Achievement