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Murray, Nancy; Tietjen, Karen – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
From 2000 to 2011, the number of children out of school worldwide has decreased from 102 million to 57 million--a reduction of almost 50 percent (Millennium Development Goals Report, 2013). However, many children in developing countries do not complete primary or secondary cycles once they enroll; out of the 137 million children who entered first…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Intervention, Dropout Rate, Elementary School Students
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Deussen, Theresa; Autio, Elizabeth; Roccograndi, Angela; Hanita, Makoto – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
With the increased population of English learners (ELs), educators need programs that help students access academic content while learning to understand, speak, read, and write English (Tharp, Estrada, Dalteen, & Yamaguchi 2000; Echevarria, Short & Powers, 2006). ELs come into U.S. schools needing to learn the same grade-level content as…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Student Needs
Aucejo, Esteban M.; Romano, Teresa Foy – Centre for Economic Performance, 2014
While instructional time is viewed as crucial to learning, little is known about the effectiveness of reducing absences relative to increasing the number of school days. In this regard, this paper jointly estimates the effect of absences and length of the school calendar on test score performance. Using administrative data from North Carolina…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Scores, Public Schools, Standardized Tests
WestEd, 2014
Amargosa Valley School in Nevada could be considered representative of almost any preK-8 school that serves a large proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged students and is focused on turning around persistently low achievement. Like other schools supported by federal School Improvement Grants, Amargosa is beginning to implement a reform plan…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Rural Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Achievement
Wendt, Staci; Rice, John; Nakamoto, Jonathan – WestEd, 2014
The MIND Research Institute contracted with the Evaluation Research Program at WestEd to conduct an independent assessment of mathematics outcomes in elementary school grades across California that were provided with the ST Math program. Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math is a game-based instructional software designed to boost K-5 and secondary-level…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Mathematics
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Garza, Armando; Langman, Juliet – Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 2014
Considering a Latin@ fifth-grade dual-language classroom (Spanish/English) as a community of practice, this paper explores how a bilingual teacher and her bilingual students, as members of such community, utilize translanguaging (García, 2009) as a learning and teaching tool in social studies and science classes. In this particular classroom, the…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Language of Instruction, Bilingual Education, Spanish
Larke, Patricia J.; Webb-Hasan, Gwendolyn; Jimarez, Teresa; Li, Yeping – Journal of Case Studies in Education, 2014
This study provides a critical look at achievement of African American (AA), and Latino (L) females in third and fifth grades on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in reading, mathematics and science. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the 2007 and 2011 TAKS raw data. Data analyses indicate that AAL females had the lowest…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
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Gage, Nicholas A.; Wilson, Joshua; MacSuga-Gage, Ashley S. – Behavioral Disorders, 2014
Students with emotional and/or behavioral disabilities (E/BD), including students with emotional disturbance and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, receiving special education services perform significantly worse on academic performance measures than same age peers. Researchers have focused on reading and math performance while less is…
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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DiLucchio, Connie; Leaman, Heather; Elicker, Kathleen; Mathisen, Denise – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2014
Teacher research (practitioner inquiry) is an effective form of professional development for middle level teachers. Through teacher research, classroom teachers develop the skills needed to demonstrate mastery of the performance standards for middle level master teacher candidates. Using well-established research methods, middle level educators…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Teacher Researchers, Participatory Research, Action Research
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Chiu, Mei-Shiu; Yeh, Huei-Ming; Whitebread, David – Cogent Education, 2014
This study aims to understand students' constructs regarding mathematical problems. Fifty-one Taiwanese primary students' constructs are elicited using interviews with the repertory grid technique based on their responses to creative and non-creative problems. The results of qualitative data analysis show that students' initial constructs can be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Primary Education
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Buckingham, Jennifer; Beaman-Wheldall, Robyn; Wheldall, Kevin – Cogent Education, 2014
The study reported here examined the efficacy of a small group (Tier 2 in a three-tier Response to Intervention model) literacy intervention for older low-progress readers (in Years 3-6). This article focuses on the second phase of a two-phase, crossover randomized control trial involving 26 students. In Phase 1, the experimental group (E1)…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Intervention, Reading Comprehension, Effect Size
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Wiest, Dudley J.; Wong, Eugene H.; Minero, Laura P.; Pumaccahua, Tessy T. – Education, 2014
Working memory has been well documented as a significant predictor of academic outcomes (e.g., reading and math achievement as well as general life outcomes). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of computerized cognitive training to improve both working memory and encoding abilities in a school setting. Thirty students…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Short Term Memory, Intervention, Parochial Schools
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Ruff, Sarah E.; Boes, Susan R. – Georgia School Counselors Association Journal, 2014
Low math achievement is a recurring weakness in many students. Math anxiety is a persistent and significant theme to math avoidance and low achievement. Causes for math anxiety include social, cognitive, and academic factors. Interventions to reduce math anxiety are limited as they exclude the expert skills of professional school counselors to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Achievement, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Gebhardt, Markus; Zehner, Fabian; Hessels, Marco G. P. – Frontline Learning Research, 2014
The mission of German special schools is to enhance the education of students with Special Educational Needs in the area of Learning (SEN-L). However, recent studies indicate that students with SEN-L from special schools show difficulties in basic arithmetical operations, and the development of basic mathematical skills during secondary special…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Skills
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De Naeghel, Jessie; Van Keer, Hilde; Vanderlinde, Ruben – Frontline Learning Research, 2014
It is important to reveal strategies which foster students' reading motivation in order to break through the declining trend in reading motivation throughout children's educational careers. Consequently, the present study advances an underexposed field in reading motivation research by studying and identifying the strategies of teachers excellent…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Reading Motivation, Case Studies, Elementary School Teachers
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