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Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov; Stanley, Christopher; Truckenmiller, Adrea – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2017
The objective of this study was to determine the latent profiles of reading and language skills that characterized 7,752 students in kindergarten through tenth grade and to relate the profiles to norm-referenced reading outcomes. Reading and language skills were assessed with a computer-adaptive assessment administered in the middle of the year…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Statistical Analysis, Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing
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Feng, Li; Sass, Tim R. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
Staffing problems are pervasive in certain subject areas, such as secondary math and science and special education, where the combination of training requirements and relatively high alternative wages makes it difficult to attract and retain high-quality teachers. This project evaluated the impacts of the Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Shortage, Intervention
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Petscher, Yaacov; Kershaw, Sarah; Koon, Sharon; Foorman, Barbara R. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2014
Districts and schools use progress monitoring to assess student progress, to identify students who fail to respond to intervention, and to further adapt instruction to student needs. Researchers and practitioners often use progress monitoring data to estimate student achievement growth (slope) and evaluate changes in performance over time for…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Achievement Gains, High Stakes Tests, Prediction
Solari, Emily J.; Petscher, Yaacov; Folsom, Jessica Sidler – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
The authors used a large data set (N = 1,011,549) to examine literacy growth over a single school year comparing general education (GenEd) students to three high-risk subgroups: English language learners (ELL), those with a specific learning disability (LD), and those identified as both LD and ELL (LD-ELL) in students in Grades 3-10. The authors…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Learning Disabilities, English Language Learners
Ozek, Umut – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, 2012
How to incorporate mobile students, who enter schools/classrooms after the start of the school year, into educational performance evaluations remains to be a challenge. As mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), all states currently require that a school is accountable only if the student has been enrolled in the school for a full…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Accountability, Eligibility, Enrollment
Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
In Florida, mean proficiency scores are reported on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) as well as recommended learning gains from the developmental scale score. Florida now has another within-year measure of growth in reading comprehension from the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR). The FAIR reading comprehension…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Scores
Shneyderman, Aleksandr; Froman, Terry – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
The time it takes for an English Language Learner (ELL) to reach reading proficiency in English depends on the grade level of entry into the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and on the student's initial English proficiency level. The summary table below presents the average years to English proficiency across different grade…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, English (Second Language), Reading Skills, Limited English Speaking
Borman, Kathryn M.; Cotner, Bridget A.; Lee, Reginald S.; Boydston, Theodore L.; Lanehart, Rheta – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2009
This study was designed to establish the efficacy of Teaching SMART (Teaching Science, Mathematics and Relevant Technologies); a science professional development program for teachers with students in grades 3 through 5. Teaching SMART promotes scientific inquiry and emphasizes the importance of equity, empowerment, exploration, and fun in the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Training, Program Effectiveness, Resource Teachers
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Abella, Rodolfo – Education and Urban Society, 2006
In accordance with the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), students attending public schools that receive failing grades are eligible to receive vouchers to attend a higher performing public or private school. An analysis of standardized test performance across a 2-year period compared students attending "F" schools to…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Scholarships, Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests