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Figlio, David; Holden, Kristian L.; Ozek, Umut – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), 2018
Instructional time is a fundamental educational input, yet we have little causal evidence about the effect of longer school days on student achievement. This paper uses a sharp regression discontinuity design to estimate the effects of lengthening the school day for low-performing schools in Florida by exploiting an administrative cutoff for…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Low Achievement, Eligibility, Literacy Education
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Bigham, Gary D.; Riney, Mark R. – NASSP Bulletin, 2017
To meet the constantly changing needs of schools and diverse learners, educators must frequently monitor student learning, revise curricula, and improve instruction. Consequently, it is critical that careful analyses of student performance data are ongoing components of curriculum decision-making processes. The primary purpose of this study is to…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Educational Improvement, Decision Making, Curriculum Development
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Cowen, Joshua M. – Educational Researcher, 2017
This article provides provide a new, systematic profile of more than 18,000 homeless students in Michigan, utilizing rich administrative data from all test-taking students in Grades 3-9 during three academic years. These data are part of a larger study of school choice and student mobility in that state. Homelessness is a condition found…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Kwiatkowska-White, Bozena; Kirby, John R.; Lee, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2016
This longitudinal study of 78 Canadian English-speaking students examined the applicability of the stability, cumulative, and compensatory models in reading comprehension development. Archival government-mandated assessments of reading comprehension at Grades 3, 6, and 10, and the Canadian Test of Basic Skills measure of reading comprehension…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Reading Comprehension, Reading Achievement, Models
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Arnone, Marilyn P.; Small, Ruth V.; Weng, Shicheng – School Library Research, 2016
Several instruments previously validated for use in school library research were tested for their appropriateness in the context of public libraries' summer reading programs for youth. The researchers were also interested in whether the connection between perceived competence in one's own information skills and perceived competence in one's own…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Reading Programs, School Libraries, Public Libraries
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Cantrell, Susan Chambers; Almasi, Janice F.; Rintamaa, Margaret; Carter, Janis C. – Journal of Educational Research, 2016
In this study, the authors examine the impact of a yearlong supplemental reading course involving daily instruction in the learning strategies curriculum on lower achieving adolescent students' reading achievement and motivation. Using a multiple-cohort randomized treatment-control group design over 4 years, they compared achievement and…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Supplementary Education, Grade 6
Louisiana Department of Education, 2016
The Louisiana mathematics standards were created by over one hundred Louisiana educators with input by thousands of parents and teachers from across the state. Educators envisioned what mathematically proficient students should know and be able to do to compete in society and focused their efforts on creating standards that would allow them to do…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, State Standards, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education
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
Shannon, Lisa; Grant, Billie-Jo – Online Submission, 2015
Achieve3000 publishes a number of online literacy programs that differentiate lessons and activities based on student performance. Magnolia Consulting--an independent, third party evaluation firm--assessed Achieve3000 Solutions' impact on student learning during the 2014-15 school year. The researchers used a randomized control trial, where…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Program Evaluation, Randomized Controlled Trials
Council of the Great City Schools, 2015
This report measures trends in performance among urban schools receiving federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) awards as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Council of the Great City Schools aims to document how member districts of the Council of the Great City Schools implemented SIG and specifically what…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Educational Improvement
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Genao, Soribel – Education and Urban Society, 2015
Students across the nation are encountering more and more difficulties in their transition to high school. Not only are a significant number of students dropping out, but those who stay are also leaving high school without the skills they need to become productive citizens. Several intervention strategies are recommended to help students make a…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Middle School Students, High School Students, Principals
Dougherty, Chrys – ACT, Inc., 2014
Educators and policymakers have set a goal that all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. A substantial body of research supports the idea that the path to college and career readiness begins well before middle and high school. In an earlier policy report, ACT examined the percentage of academically far off track…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, At Risk Students, Grade 4
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Lingo, Amy Shearer – Education and Treatment of Children, 2014
This study evaluated the effectiveness of high school tutors' implementation of "Great Leaps Reading" (Campbell, 1998), a reading fluency supplementary instructional program. The program consists of three sections: phonics, sight word phrases, and story passages. Daily 15-minute tutoring sessions involved repeated 1-minute timings of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Tutoring, High School Students
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Mashburn, Andrew J.; Meyer, J. Patrick; Allen, Joseph P.; Pianta, Robert C. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2014
Observational methods are increasingly being used in classrooms to evaluate the quality of teaching. Operational procedures for observing teachers are somewhat arbitrary in existing measures and vary across different instruments. To study the effect of different observation procedures on score reliability and validity, we conducted an experimental…
Descriptors: Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Reliability, Validity
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Lazarev, Valeriy; Newman, Denis; Sharp, Alyssa – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2014
This study explored the relationships among the components of the Arizona Department of Education's new teacher evaluation model, with a particular focus on the extent to which ratings from the state model's teacher observation instrument differentiated higher and lower performance. The study used teacher-level evaluation data collected by the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Observation, State Departments of Education, Correlation
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