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Ferrell, Kay Alicyn; Correa-Torres, Silvia M.; Howell, Jennifer Johnson; Pearson, Robert; Carver, Wendy Morrow; Groll, Amy Spencer; Anthony, Tanni L.; Matthews, Deborah; Gould, Bryan; O'Connell, Trisha; Botsford, Kathryn D,; Dewald, Hong Phangia; Smyth, Catherine A.; Dewald, Aaron John – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2017
Introduction:Although image description has been identified as an accommodation for presentations conducted in the classroom, only a few U.S. states have approved it for use in high-stakes assessments. This study examined the use of audible image description as an assessment accommodation for students with visual and print disabilities by…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Auditory Stimuli, Testing Accommodations, High Stakes Tests
Master, Benjamin; Loeb, Susanna; Wyckoff, James – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2017
Evidence that teachers' short-term instructional effects persist over time and predict substantial long-run impacts on students' lives provides much of the impetus for a wide range of educational reforms focused on identifying and responding to differences in teachers' value-added to student learning. However, relatively little research has…
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Value Added Models
Myers, Brenda Gail – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Using a quantitative ex post facto causal comparative research design, this study analyzed the effects of the Academy of Reading software program on students' reading achievement. Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) reading scale scores of students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades from 2013-2014 were utilized in this study. The…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Reading Achievement
Johnson, Matthew; Demers, Alicia; Johnson, Cleo Jacobs; Gentile, Claudia – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2016
As part of its ongoing efforts to raise the academic achievement of children from low-income families in Kansas City, Missouri, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation founded the Ewing Marion Kauffman School in fall 2011. The Kauffman School's mission is "to prepare students to excel academically, graduate from college, and apply their unique…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Academic Achievement
Meredith, Julie; Anderson, Leslie M. – Policy Studies Associates, Inc., 2015
City Year is a learning organization committed to the rigorous evaluation of its "Whole School Whole Child" model, which trains and deploys teams of AmeriCorps members to low-performing, urban schools to empower more students to reach their full potential. A third-party study by Policy Studies Associates (PSA) examined the impact of…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Standardized Tests
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Isenberg, Eric; Teh, Bing-ru; Walsh, Elias – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
Researchers often presume that it is better to use administrative data from grades 4 and 5 than data from grades 6 through 8 for conducting research on teacher effectiveness that uses value-added models because (1) elementary school teachers teach all subjects to their students in self-contained classrooms and (2) classrooms are more homogenous at…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Academic Achievement
Sharkey, Patrick; Schwartz, Amy Ellen; Ellen, Ingrid Gould; Lacoe, Johanna – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2013
This paper examines the effect of exposure to violent crime on students' standardized test performance among a sample of students in New York City public schools. To identify the effect of exposure to community violence on children's test scores, we compare students exposed to an incident of violent crime on their own blockface in the week prior…
Descriptors: Violence, Crime, Environmental Influences, Standardized Tests
Myers, Rebecca E. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study investigated the relationship between academic achievement scores for Hispanic and all students within Tennessee. The study compared the measurement of achievement scores by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) on standardized Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) evaluations for 5th-grade students and Gateway exams…
Descriptors: Scores, Correlation, Hispanic American Students, Comparative Analysis
Wendt, Stephanie L. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Using a causal-comparative research design, this study investigated the effectiveness of Differentiated Instruction Support Inclusion Services on fifth grade regular education and gifted students' Reading/Language Arts achievement. The study analyzed and compared the achievement of the regular education students who received no inclusion support…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Inclusion, Grade 5, Academically Gifted