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Reardon, Sean; Fahle, Erin; Kalogrides, Demetra; Podolsky, Anne; Zarate, Rosalia – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Gender achievement gaps on national and state assessments have been a popular research topic over the last few decades. Many prior studies examine these gaps in different subjects (e.g., mathematics, reading, and science) and grades (typically kindergarten through eighth grade) for students living in various regions (typically states or countries)…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Gender Differences, Achievement Gap, Standardized Tests
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Ye, Ai; Hansen, Nicole; Resnick, Ilyse; Carrique, Jessica; Jordan, Nancy – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
The purpose of the present study was to reveal the developmental pathway from third grade cognitive competencies to sixth grade conceptual and procedural fraction knowledge through the intervening whole numerical skills at fifth grade. The study used empirical data that come from 536 students in nine schools across two Delaware public school…
Descriptors: Fractions, Number Concepts, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy
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Westine, Carl D. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
A cluster-randomized trial (CRT) relies on random assignment of intact clusters to treatment conditions, such as classrooms or schools (Raudenbush & Bryk, 2002). One specific type of CRT, a multi-site CRT (MSCRT), is commonly employed in educational research and evaluation studies (Spybrook & Raudenbush, 2009; Spybrook, 2014; Bloom,…
Descriptors: Correlation, Randomized Controlled Trials, Science Achievement, Cluster Grouping
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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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Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
Attendance is probably the most fundamental behavioral indicator of student engagement with school. Though many students fall off-track to success for the first time in ninth grade, poor attendance patterns often begin increasing in middle school and become worse in high school. Missing school during the secondary grades can often be traced to low…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Learner Engagement, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
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Yuan, Kun; Engberg, John; Kaufman, Julia; Hamilton, Laura; Hill, Heather; Umland, Kristin; McCaffrey, Daniel – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
High-quality measures of instructional practice are essential for research and evaluation of innovative instructional policies and programs, as well as for providing feedback to teachers and administrators. In this study, the authors examined whether using anchoring vignettes in web-based surveys improved the validity of teachers' self-assessments…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Mathematics Teachers, Vignettes, Online Surveys
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Faria, Ann-Marie; Greenberg, Ariela; Meakin, John; Bichay, Krystal; Heppen, Jessica – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
Educators have long used test scores to make educational decisions, but only within the last decade has the availability of data been systematic (Abelman, Elmore, Even, Kenyon, & Marshall, 1999). In recent years, interest has spiked in data-driven decision making in education (Marsh, Pane, & Hamilton, 2006). With technological advances and…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, Correlation
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Gonzalez Canche, Manuel S.; Portes, Pedro R.; Mellon, Paula J.; Stollberg, Robert A.; Turk, Jonathan M. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
This study is part of the core research agenda of the five-year, Goal 3 grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U. S. Department of Education "Improving the Teaching and Learning of English Language Learners: The Instructional Conversation Model." In video review of teaching, bias in evaluation or rating is evident in many…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Program Implementation, Educational Research, Grants
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Lazarev, Valeriy; Newman, Denis – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
Teacher evaluation is currently a major policy issue at all levels of the K-12 system driven in large part by current US Department of Education requirements. The main objective of this study is to explore the patterns of relationship between observational scores and value-added measures of teacher performance in math classrooms and the variation…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Observation, Scores, Value Added Models
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Williams, Laura K.; Mendiburo, Maria; Hasselbring, Ted – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
A strong understanding of fractions is vital to later success in mathematics. However, research has consistently shown that fractions are one of the most difficult mathematical concepts for elementary school students to master. To attempt to remedy this deficit, the authors began a project called Helping At-risk students Learn Fractions (HALF) in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Students, Concept Formation
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Cavalluzzo, Linda; Geraghty, Thomas M.; Steele, Jennifer L.; Alexander, Jane K. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The last two decades have witnessed a vast expansion in the use of education data to improve classroom instruction and raise student achievement. Schools and districts face important challenges in implementing increased data use for instructional improvement. One key challenge is the need for teachers and administrators to have "data…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Decision Making, Program Evaluation, Attribution Theory
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Paxton, Carol L. C.; Wanless, Shannon B.; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
Research in social and emotional learning interventions confirms the importance of fidelity of implementation in predicting intervention effectiveness (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011). The present mixed-methods study was conducted in the context of the Responsive Classroom Efficacy Study (RCES). This was a randomized…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Coaching (Performance), Program Implementation, Fidelity
Corcoran, Sean P.; Jennings, Jennifer L.; Beveridge, Andrew A. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
The authors use data from the Houston Independent School District to estimate teacher effects on two different academic tests of the same subject areas, administered in the same school year to the same students at approximately the same time of year. The first is the statewide "high-stakes" test administered as part of the Texas…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Reading Tests, Mathematics Tests
Jaciw, Andrew; Ma, Boya; Zhao, Qingfeng – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2010
Randomized trials of educational interventions often face logistical hurdles (Cook, 2002). For example, sometimes they are prevented from reaching their full-term. This would happen if, as a condition of participation, subjects insist on receiving the treatment program within a certain timeframe. This timeframe may be shorter than the full-term…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Research Design, Educational Research, Statistical Analysis