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Theobald, Roddy; Goldhaber, Dan; Gratz, Trevor; Holden, Kristian – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), 2018
We use longitudinal data on high school students in Washington State to assess the relationships between English Language Arts (ELA) teacher value added and other qualifications and the high school and postsecondary outcomes of their students. We also investigate whether these relationships differ for students with and without disabilities. We…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, English Teachers
Knuth, Randy; Sutton, Paul S.; Levias, Sheldon; Kuo, Annie Camey; Callison, Matthew – Grantee Submission, 2016
The purpose of this study is to describe and examine the structures and policies a public, comprehensive high school put in place to implement problem-based learning (PBL) across content areas. Starting in 2010, the school implemented PBL in the hopes of increasing students' career and college readiness skills. The research took place at a…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, High Schools, Problem Based Learning
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Goldhaber, Dan; Lavery, Lesley; Theobald, Roddy – Educational Researcher, 2015
Policymakers aiming to close the well-documented achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students have increasingly turned their attention to issues of teacher quality. A number of studies have demonstrated that teachers are inequitably distributed across student subgroups by input measures, like experience and qualifications, as well…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Advantaged, Disadvantaged, Teacher Distribution
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Gruman, Diana H.; Marston, Toby; Koon, Holly – Professional School Counseling, 2013
Professional school counselors are educational leaders with training and expertise to address the mental health concerns of students. Unfortunately, work conditions at some schools can create barriers to the delivery of effective mental health services. This article presents a case of one rural, diverse high school that transformed its school…
Descriptors: School Counselors, School Counseling, High Schools, Rural Schools
Echevarría, Jana – Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners, 2012
This research brief highlights two schools' efforts to improve the achievement of their students using the SIOP Model. These schools, one elementary and one secondary, have seen significant improvement in the performance of their English learners through the use of the SIOP Model of instruction, an approach that addresses both academic language…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Academic Achievement, Teaching Models, Elementary Schools
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Washington's test score trends through 2008-09. Three years of comparable mean scale score data were not available from the state. In 2004, 77% of non-Title I 4th graders and 60% of Title I 4th graders scored at the proficient level on the state reading test. In 2009, 75% of non-Title I 4th graders and 61% of Title I 4th…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
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Baird, Katherine – Educational Policy, 2011
Educational systems in the United States are generating vast amounts of data on student achievement. This may provide researchers and policy makers with long sought-after insight on the factors explaining student performance. This study uses recent data from Washington 10th graders to examine why some students learned more math than others.…
Descriptors: Test Results, Academic Achievement, Grade 10, High Schools
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This individual profile provides information on Washington's high school exit exam standards and policies. Some of the categories presented include: (1) State exit exam policy; (2) Type of Test; (3) Purpose; (4) Major changes in exit exam policy since the 2009-10 school year for financial reasons; (5) Subjects tested on exam; (6) Grade exam first…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Alignment (Education)
Coalition for Community Schools, 2010
Great strides have been made by community school initiatives across the nation in their efforts to impact student achievement, attendance, student engagement, graduation rates, parent involvement and more. Data on community schools is growing and the authors encourage readers to review research reports and syntheses on results. The results…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Parent Participation
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Slavit, David; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Kennedy, Anne – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
The Partnership for Reform in Secondary Science and Mathematics (PRiSSM) is a three-year project that targeted mathematics and science teachers in middle and high schools from six districts in southwest Washington. Consistent with NSDC (2009) recommendations for professional development, PRiSSM involved collaborative teacher teams in reflecting on…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, Research Skills, Science Teachers
Hancock, Tira K. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
A qualitative descriptive case study explored courses of action for educators and leaders of math and science educators to implement to help students achieve state assessment standard and postsecondary success. The problem focused on two demographically similar rural high schools in Southwest Washington that demonstrated inadequate rates of…
Descriptors: High Schools, State Standards, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, 2009
Strong relationships with adults who provide support are essential to the healthy development of children. Principals and staff in successful schools have found that respecting and addressing the needs and preferences of families and community members can be instrumental in forming lasting relationships. Through strong partnerships, successful…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Family School Relationship, Academic Achievement, School Effectiveness
Srikantaiah, Deepa; Moilanen, Carolyn; Swayhoover, Lisa – Center on Education Policy, 2009
In spring 2009, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) continued its research on the impact of test-based federal and state accountability policies by conducting case studies of six high schools in six different districts within Washington State. The purpose was to learn more about the curricular and instructional changes that administrators and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Rural Schools, Federal Legislation, Exit Examinations
Shipton, Stephanie – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2009
Research has shown that strong leadership support for whole school reform is critical to the successful turnaround of low-performing schools. Yet there is little discussion of how to successfully maintain changes in teaching, learning, and student outcomes when there is a changeover in school leadership. This profile highlights the efforts of…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, High Schools
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2009
Graduation rates are a fundamental indicator of whether or not the nation's public school system is doing what it is intended to do: enroll, engage, and educate youth to be productive members of society. Since almost 90 percent of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs require some postsecondary education, having a high school diploma and the…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropouts, Graduation, Academic Achievement
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