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Davis, Dianne – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Assessment and accountability are hotly debated topics in the field of education. Finding ways to include students with significant cognitive disabilities, a requirement under federal law, remains a challenge. In Massachusetts, students with significant cognitive disabilities participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System's…
Descriptors: Severe Intellectual Disability, Standardized Tests, Alternative Assessment, Parent Attitudes
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Blaise, Jean G. – Urban Education, 2018
This article reports on a 3-year ethnographic study in a Boston Public school of the performance of Haitian students on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and its lasting and likely impact upon them. MCAS is a mandated exam required for students to graduate from high school. Although there are certain provisions for students…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Accountability, High School Students, Foreign Students
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Louie, Josephine; Rhoads, Christopher; Mark, June – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
Recent federal legislation, such as the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 and the "Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA)" of 2002, has insisted that educational evaluations use rigorous research designs with quantitative outcome measures. In particular, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Research Design, Curriculum Evaluation, Algebra
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Arroyo, Ivon; Woolf, Beverly Park; Burelson, Winslow; Muldner, Kasia; Rai, Dovan; Tai, Minghui – International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 2014
This article describes research results based on multiple years of experimentation and real-world experience with an adaptive tutoring system named Wayang Outpost. The system represents a novel adaptive learning technology that has shown successful outcomes with thousands of students, and provided teachers with valuable information about students'…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Multimedia Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Heffernan, Neil T.; Heffernan, Cristina Lindquist – International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 2014
The ASSISTments project is an ecosystem of a few hundred teachers, a platform, and researchers working together. Development professionals help train teachers and get teachers to participate in studies. The platform and these teachers help researchers (sometimes explicitly and sometimes implicitly) simply by using content the teacher selects. The…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Educational Research, Formative Evaluation, Artificial Intelligence
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Perry, Judy; Klopfer, Eric – Computers in the Schools, 2014
The integration of learning games into schools holds significant promise, yet faces numerous obstacles. Ubiquitous games (casual games for smart phones) attempt to motivate students to engage repeatedly with content beyond school, while enabling teachers to facilitate deeper reflection on game-related curricula during class. During a two-year…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Handheld Devices, Electronic Learning, Biology
Kustigian, Brett M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to look at mission driven school district leadership in Massachusetts public schools and attempt to identify any relationship, or lack thereof, between district mission statements and student achievement. In this study, 288 Massachusetts public school districts are ranked according to their 2011 high school graduation…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Correlation, Academic Achievement, Institutional Mission
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) created the grades 1-12 Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) in response to district interest in the Early Warning Indicator Index (EWII) that the Department previously created for rising grade 9 students. Districts shared that the EWII data were helpful, but also…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Risk, Models, Identification
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Hedges, Larry V.; Hedberg, E. C. – Evaluation Review, 2013
Background: Cluster-randomized experiments that assign intact groups such as schools or school districts to treatment conditions are increasingly common in educational research. Such experiments are inherently multilevel designs whose sensitivity (statistical power and precision of estimates) depends on the variance decomposition across levels.…
Descriptors: Correlation, Multivariate Analysis, Educational Experiments, Statistical Analysis
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Curtin, Jenny; Hurwitch, Bill; Olson, Tom – National Center for Education Statistics, 2012
An early warning system is a data-based tool that helps predict which students are on the right path towards eventual graduation or other grade-appropriate goals. Through such systems, stakeholders at the school and district levels can view data from a wide range of perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of student data. This "Statewide…
Descriptors: Databases, Educational Indicators, Predictor Variables, At Risk Students
Papay, John P.; Murnane, Richard J.; Willett, John B. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
In this paper, the authors examine how information that students receive about their academic performance affects their decisions to enroll in post-secondary education. In particular, they look at one specific piece of data--student performance on the state standardized mathematics test in grades 8 and 10 in Massachusetts. One key feature of such…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Mathematics Tests, Scores, Labeling (of Persons)
Principal Leadership, 2011
This article features Worcester (MA) Technical High School, a school that has achieved significant gains in Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores. The school opened as Worcester Boys' Trade High School on February 9, 1910, with 52 student ironworkers and woodworkers attending on weekdays and Saturday mornings--the beginning…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Federal Programs
Massachusetts 2020, 2011
2010 was a pioneering year for Massachusetts public schools. State leaders recognized that while the Commonwealth leads the nation in student achievement on national measures such as NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), more needed to be done to close the persistent achievement gaps between our wealthy and poor students. Combining a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Surveys, Teacher Collaboration
Lubawski, Michael; Sheehan, Caitlyn – Online Submission, 2010
Reading comprehension is often a forgotten skill in secondary classrooms. Teachers of older students assign readings of different styles and levels, but don't teach the skills necessary to process different kinds of texts. This study examined which strategies are effective in giving students the skills necessary to read for understanding by…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Literary Genres, Reading Strategies, Visualization
Center on Education Policy, 2010
This paper provides information about Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), a comprehensive standards-based test. The purpose of the test is to: (1) Inform and improve classroom instruction; (2) Evaluate student, school, and district performance according to Massachusetts Curriculum Framework content standards and MCAS performance…
Descriptors: High Schools, Exit Examinations, Educational Assessment, Academic Standards
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