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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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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