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Taneja, Anju – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Studies have shown an association between argumentative discourse in science class, better understanding of science concepts, and improved academic performance. However, there is lack of research on how argumentation can increase student motivation. This mixed methods concurrent nested study uses Bandura's construct of motivation and concepts of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Student Motivation
Thompson, Stephen A. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This research examined the extent to which benchmark assessments can be accurate forecasters of student performance on a state assessment in Algebra 1. The study applied correlational analysis, regression analysis, and receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis to the benchmark and state assessment results of a rural school district in…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Predictor Variables, Success, Mathematics Achievement
Spencer, James A., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The purpose of this study was to identify the principal behaviors that would define an instructional leader as being a data-driven school administrator and to assess current school administrators' levels of being data-driven. This research attempted to examine the relationship between the degree to which a principal was data-driven and the…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Educational Practices, Evidence Based Practice
Lamon, John Russell – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Georgia law mandates that students who fail the state Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) twice in grades three, five, and eight be retained, unless a committee is convened including a subject-area teacher, an administrator, and the student's parent or guardian. If the committee unanimously decides the student may be successful in the…
Descriptors: Student Promotion, Grade 8, Grade 9, Minimum Competencies
Gallagher, Faustina – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study assessed the relationship of an Arts Summer Learning Program (Arts Program) to student academic performance and college readiness. A North Texas school district collaborated with a research-based Arts Program in 2010, and a new approach was implemented in the summer school program for low-performing students who had failed courses in…
Descriptors: Art Education, Summer Programs, Academic Achievement, College Readiness
Giorgio, Dorian – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Educational experts have criticized status models of school accountability, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), describing them as ineffectual in measuring achievement because their one-time assessment of student knowledge ignores student growth. Research on student achievement has instead identified growth models as superior…
Descriptors: Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Models
Verhage, L. Paul – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study measured the effect of completing a BalloonSat project on student attitude toward science. Seven categories of student attitudes toward science were measured using the Test of Science Relate Attitudes survey (TOSRA). The research anticipated that the BalloonSat project would have similar effects on student attitudes as found in robotics…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Student Surveys, Student Projects
McClain-Pace, Erin Marie – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Interest in students who exhibit characteristics with difficulties in learning can be traced as far back as 1800. In order to better understand the complexities and causes of learning disabilities, many researchers (Bannatyne, 1968, 1974; Rugal, 1974) have investigated ways to better identify learners who struggle with academics. A strong argument…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Ability, Comprehension, Long Term Memory
Wright, Johnnie M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Social promotion is defined as the practice of allowing students who failed to meet performance standards and academic requirements the opportunity to pass on to the next grade with their peers. Although the A+ Educational Reform Act abolished the use of the practice, social promotion continues to occur in numerous school districts across one…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Placement, Academic Failure
Rossiter, Robert F. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study examined the effectiveness of the course, Math Recovery, on a group of ninth-grade students enrolled in the course Algebra/Geometry I measured by course grades and subsequent tenth-grade MAP scores. In addition, gender and race differences were investigated in this study to determine the impact, if any, on academic achievement. The…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 9, Algebra, Geometry
Van der Vossen, Maria R. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This causal-comparative study examined the relationship between enrollment/non-enrollment in music programs of differing content or quality and mathematical achievement among 739 secondary (grades 8-12) students from four different Maryland counties. The students, both female and male, were divided into sample groups by their participation in a…
Descriptors: Correlation, Music Education, Mathematics Achievement, Secondary School Students
White, James Alexander – ProQuest LLC, 2004
The opportunity and right to obtain a free public education provides the opportunity for all Americans to achieve success socially, financially, and professionally. The public education system has endured decades of changes as it attempts to address social, cultural, and academic issues that arise as the nation evolves. The public education system…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Public Education, African American Students, Males