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Holmes, Venita R. – Houston Independent School District, 2018
To measure the impact of fine arts instruction in HISD [Houston Independent School District] , the study compared the STAAR [State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness] performance, attendance, and disciplinary outcomes of fine arts students enrolled in Fine Arts Magnet schools (treatment group) with students enrolled in non-Fine Arts Magnet…
Descriptors: Art Education, Academic Achievement, Attendance, Discipline
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Kiwanuka, Henry Nsubuga; Van Damme, Jan; Van Den Noortgate, Wim; Anumendem, Dickson Nkafu; Vanlaar, Gudrun; Reynolds, Chandra; Namusisi, Speranza – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2017
This study investigated the effects of student and classroom characteristics on math self-confidence, perceived usefulness, and enjoyment of mathematics as multiple outcomes. A sample of 7th-grade students from 78 classes of 49 schools was studied. The data were collected using, among other instruments, an attitude questionnaire. The results of…
Descriptors: Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Grade 7, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries
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Selcen Guzey, S.; Harwell, Michael; Moreno, Mario; Peralta, Yadira; Moore, Tamara J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The new science education reform documents call for integration of engineering into K-12 science classes. Engineering design and practices are new to most science teachers, meaning that implementing effective engineering instruction is likely to be challenging. This quasi-experimental study explored the influence of teacher-developed, engineering…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Change, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Jitendra, Asha K.; Dupuis, Danielle N.; Star, Jon R.; Rodriguez, Michael C. – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
This study examined the effect of schema-based instruction (SBI) on the proportional problem-solving performance of students with mathematics difficulties only (MD) and students with mathematics and reading difficulties (MDRD). Specifically, we examined the responsiveness of 260 seventh grade students identified as MD or MDRD to a 6-week treatment…
Descriptors: Schemata (Cognition), Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic
Lein, Amy E.; Jitendra, Asha K.; Starosta, Kristin M.; Dupuis, Danielle N.; Hughes-Reid, Cheyenne L.; Star, John R. – Grantee Submission, 2016
In this study, the authors assessed the contribution of engagement (on-task behavior) to the mathematics problem-solving performance of seventh-grade students after accounting for prior mathematics achievement. A subsample of seventh-grade students in four mathematics classrooms (one high-, two average-, and one low-achieving) from a larger…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Grade 7, Mathematics Achievement, Time on Task
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Lein, Amy E.; Jitendra, Asha K.; Starosta, Kristin M.; Dupuis, Danielle N.; Hughes-Reid, Cheyenne L.; Star, Jon R. – Preventing School Failure, 2016
In this study, the authors assessed the contribution of engagement (on-task behavior) to the mathematics problem-solving performance of seventh-grade students after accounting for prior mathematics achievement. A subsample of seventh-grade students in four mathematics classrooms (one high-, two average-, and one low-achieving) from a larger…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Grade 7, Mathematics Achievement, Time on Task
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Dadey, Nathan; Briggs, Derek C. – Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 2012
A vertical scale, in principle, provides a common metric across tests with differing difficulties (e.g., spanning multiple grades) so that statements of "absolute" growth can be made. This paper compares 16 states' 2007-2008 effect size growth trends on vertically scaled reading and math assessments across grades 3 to 8. Two patterns…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Scaling, Effect Size, Reading Tests
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Schafer, William D.; Lissitz, Robert W.; Zhu, Xiaoshu; Zhang, Yuan; Hou, Xiaodong; Li, Ying – Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 2012
Interest in Student Growth Modeling (SGM) and Value Added Modeling (VAM) arises from educators concerned with measuring the effectiveness of teaching and other school activities through changes in student performance as a companion and perhaps even an alternative to status. Several formal statistical models have been proposed for year-to-year…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
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Zebehazy, Kim T.; Zigmond, Naomi; Zimmerman, George J. – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2012
Introduction: This study investigated differential item functioning (DIF) of test items on Pennsylvania's Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) for students with visual impairments and severe cognitive disabilities and what the reasons for the differences may be. Methods: The Wilcoxon signed ranks test was used to analyze differences in the scores…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Test Items, Alternative Assessment, Visual Impairments
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Askeland, Margit – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
The main purpose of the present study was to examine the long-term effects of a previous quasi-experiment that used inner speech as a tool to promote appropriate strategies in multiplication. Results one year after the intervention were published by Ostad and Askeland. This is a follow-up study. The 50-week intervention program was conducted in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inner Speech (Subvocal), Intervention, Grade 7
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Lauen, Douglas Lee; Gaddis, S. Michael – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2012
The theory of action behind the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is that "shining a light" on subgroup performance will increase reading and math test scores for minority and disadvantaged students. Using a panel of all students in Grades 3 through 8 in North Carolina from 2000 to 2008 (N = 1.7 million students in 1,800 schools), the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Academic Achievement
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Cho, Hyun-Jeong; Lee, Jaehoon; Kingston, Neal – Applied Measurement in Education, 2012
This study examined the validity of test accommodation in third-eighth graders using differential item functioning (DIF) and mixture IRT models. Two data sets were used for these analyses. With the first data set (N = 51,591) we examined whether item type (i.e., story, explanation, straightforward) or item features were associated with item…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Test Bias, Item Response Theory, Validity
Bennett, Randy Elliot – Educational Testing Service, 2011
CBAL, an acronym for Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning, is a research initiative intended to create a model for an innovative K-12 assessment system that provides summative information for policy makers, as well as formative information for classroom instructional purposes. This paper summarizes empirical results from 16 CBAL…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Summative Evaluation, Formative Evaluation
Durant, Sarah; Dahlin, Michael – Northwest Evaluation Association, 2011
In 2007, the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute collaborated on "The Proficiency Illusion," a study that illustrated the issues created by having each state set its own standards for what constitutes student proficiency for reading and mathematics tests, while holding all states to the same…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Cutting Scores, Achievement Tests, State Standards