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Wilson, Claire – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this quantitative correlational research was to study the relationship between class size and students' academic achievement. Citywide language arts and math test scores for third and fifth grade students in four New York City public schools were examined using a variety of variables including (a) gender, (b) ethnicity, (c) grade…
Descriptors: Class Size, Academic Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Teaching Experience
Weaver, Wendy Smyth – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine if the implementation of a Response to Intervention framework had a positive impact on student reading achievement in urban elementary schools. This was a causal-comparative study that examined the reading performance of a sample of kindergarten through grade three students who experienced the Response to…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Reading Achievement, Urban Schools, Elementary School Students
Johnson, Diane D. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
An estimated 75% of students who are poor readers in third grade continue to be lower achieving readers in ninth grade. The National Reading Panel has identified fluency as a prominent cause of reading comprehension problems which ultimately affect overall reading development. The purpose of this study was to test the theoretical framework of…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Intervention, Theater Arts, Reading Fluency
Norman, Mary Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Literacy is a nationwide concern. Although the national spotlight and numerous studies have focused on early literacy, the needs of adolescent readers have just come to the forefront. The Alabama State Department of Education responded to this nationwide concern for K-12 literacy by planning and implementing the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).…
Descriptors: High Schools, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Achievement
Putnam, Jennifer D. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This dissertation was designed to examine the degree to which the fidelity of implementation of the Renaissance Learning program impacts teacher instruction, as well as teacher perception of student reading motivation and achievement. The teachers at a western North Carolina elementary school used the Renaissance Learning program for over 15…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Reading Motivation, Professional Development, Researchers
Khan, Farjana – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Many researchers have documented that reading fluency scores continue to be a national concern for the United States and have suggested that early reading failure has long-term detrimental effects on society. However, much less is known regarding specific interventions that could reduce this concern. Investigators in other studies have suggested…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Fluency, Social Change, Statistical Analysis
Heier, Sharon L. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Federal Title I funding has been allocated to districts since 1965 in an effort to provide schools with a high population of identified low socioeconomic students with additional resources to close the achievement gap. The basis for this study was to ascertain whether the Title I funding that schools received was having a positive impact on…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Program Effectiveness, Standardized Tests, Constructivism (Learning)
Brooks-Bey, Michelle Rubee – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the length of years of preschool attendance on the academic achievement and retention of third and fourth grade students in high and low achieving schools. The study consisted of the analysis of secondary data, i.e., mathematics and language arts literacy scores as the measurement of academic…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Economic Status, Preschool Education, Language Arts
Hays, James M. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
With the advent of No Child Left Behind legislation in 2002 and its mandates for annual yearly progress for all students, many districts and schools in Texas have had difficulty elevating African American and Hispanic students' scores. The current study examined these students' achievement on the annual Texas high-stakes measure as a function of a…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Ratio, Achievement Gap, Racial Differences, Ethnicity
Murrell-Heydorf, Tanya – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The driving force behind high-stakes-testing may be attributed to the issue of education reform. In the last decade, high-stakes testing has generated intense controversy among educators and parents. The use of high-stakes testing in making decisions about student promotion and graduation is both controversial and significant. The purpose of the…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, African American Students, Males, Middle School Students
Murphy, Hope Helene – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to advance educators' understanding of the role of teachers' culture on students' discipline. A key issue in education is disproportionate disciplinary representation of Black male students for cultural behaviors. National and Commonwealth of Virginia discipline data indicate that Black male students are most…
Descriptors: Teacher Background, Teacher Attitudes, Racial Bias, Misconceptions
Gray, Cassandra D. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference with student achievement at third grade in reading with a traditional public school as compared to a public charter school; both schools were a part of the Southwest Region School Corporation. This quasi-experimental study compared third grade ISTEP+ scale scores in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Tests, Comparative Analysis
Wylie, Antonia D. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of using a qualitative instrumental case study design for this research was to explore a school district and to gain an understanding about the academic obstacles that a school district may have regarding funding a gifted elementary school curriculum under NCLB mandates. The study elicited reliable and valid data from teachers and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
Abel, Brian B. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This study was designed to investigate the differences between two groups of fifth grade students' performance on the 2010 fifth grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) math test. The sample consisted of a group of fifth grade students receiving the traditional instruction from their classroom teacher and a group of fifth grade…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Standardized Tests
Huber, Melissa S. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This mixed methods study explored implementing guided reading in grades 3-5 in a suburban school district located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how teachers implement guided reading in their classrooms and how the use of guided reading affects student achievement in Text Structure and Vocabulary, Reading…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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