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Xu, Zeyu; Cepa, Kennan – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background: As of 2016, 42 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Tens of millions of students across the country completed high school before their schools were able to fully implement the CCSS. As with previous standards-based reforms, the transition to the CCSS-aligned state education standards…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Alignment (Education), College Readiness, High School Students
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Stornaiuolo, Amy; Nichols, T. Philip – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: Researchers, policy makers, and practitioners are paying increasing attention to the educational opportunities afforded by the maker movement--a growing public interested in do-it-yourself designing, remixing, and tinkering using physical and digital tools. While education research on "making" has often focused on…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, High Schools, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Barr, Dennis J.; Boulay, Beth; Selman, Robert L.; McCormick, Rachel; Lowenstein, Ethan; Gamse, Beth; Fine, Melinda; Leonard, M. Brielle – Teachers College Record, 2015
Background/Context: Billions of dollars are spent annually on professional development (PD) for educators, yet few randomized controlled trials (RCT) have demonstrated the ultimate impact PD has on student learning. Further, while policymakers and others speak to the role schools should play in developing students' civic awareness, RCTs of PD…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers, Citizenship Education, Academic Achievement
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Saavedra, Anna Rosefsky – Teachers College Record, 2014
Background: In schools accredited as "IB World Schools" by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), teachers use IB curriculum and pedagogy to teach a range of courses that are intended to prepare IB-enrolled students for college. Over the past 18 years, the number of U.S. schools that implement IB programs has increased…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Advanced Placement Programs, Case Studies, Academic Achievement
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Sax, Linda J.; Riggers, Tiffani A.; Eagan, M. Kevin – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: As opportunities for public and private single-sex education have expanded, the debate surrounding this issue has become more heated. Recent reviews of research on single-sex education have concluded that the evidence is mixed, due in large part to the difficulty of attributing differences between single-sex and coeducational…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Womens Education, Single Sex Schools, College Bound Students
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Ackerman, Phillip L.; Kanfer, Ruth; Calderwood, Charles – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: The past few decades have seen an explosive growth in high-school student participation in the Advanced Placement program┬« (AP), with nearly two million exams completed in 2011. Traditionally, universities have considered AP enrollment as an indicator for predicting academic success during the admission process. However, AP…
Descriptors: High School Students, Advanced Placement, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
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Braun, Henry; Kirsch, Irwin; Yamamoto, Kentaro – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/context: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only comparative assessment of academic competencies regularly administered to nationally representative samples of students enrolled in Grades 4, 8, and 12. Because NAEP is a low-stakes assessment, there are long-standing questions about the level of engagement and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Research Design, Incentives, Reading Achievement
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Heilig, Julian Vasquez – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/Context: The prevailing theory of action underlying No Child Left Behind's high-stakes testing and accountability ratings is that schools and students held accountable to these measures will automatically increase educational output as educators try harder, schools will adopt more effective methods, and students will learn more. In…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Minimum Competency Testing, High Stakes Tests, Grade Repetition
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Phillips, Kristie J. R.; Desimone, Laura; Smith, Thomas M. – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/Context: Recent research has demonstrated the potential for teacher professional development to enhance teacher learning, improve instruction, and increase student achievement. Nevertheless, research examining the relationship between state and local policies and teachers' participation in professional development is sparse. This…
Descriptors: State Standards, Teacher Participation, Science Teachers, School Policy
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Chapman, Thandeka K.; Antrop-Gonzalez, Rene – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/Context: The lack of court-ordered support for race-based policies that maintain and create integrated schools has forced communities of color to seek other avenues to obtain equitable education, such as school choice. Individual states and the federal government, as seen in grant provisions through the American Reinvestment and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Race, School Choice
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Carter, Prudence L. – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: One of the most critical functions of a well-integrated school is the development of "culturally flexible" students who, over the course of their social development, effectively navigate diverse social environs such as the workplace, communities, and neighborhoods. Most studies, albeit with some exceptions, have…
Descriptors: Race, School Desegregation, Program Effectiveness, Intergroup Relations
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Litke, Erica – Teachers College Record, 2009
Background/Context: Research on after-school programs has traditionally focused on those programs serving students in younger grades but found positive correlations between student participation in enriching after-school activities and school engagement. For older students, particularly teenagers, there tends to be lower participation. Research…
Descriptors: Student Participation, After School Programs, High School Students, Program Improvement
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Mitra, Dana – Teachers College Record, 2009
Background/Context: The sustainability of change efforts continues to be an important and challenging question in educational research. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: By examining 13 programs aimed at increasing student voice in school reform, this article examines conditions that enable and constrain the sustainability of…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Educational Change, Urban Environment, Grants
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Curry, Marnie Willis – Teachers College Record, 2008
Background/Context: This study builds upon research on teacher professional communities and high school restructuring reforms. It employs a conceptual framework that draws upon theories of "community of practice" and "community of learners." Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: This study analyzes how teachers' professional inquiry…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Instructional Improvement, Educational Change, Professional Development
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Strobel, Karen; Kirshner, Ben; O'Donoghue, Jennifer; McLaughlin, Milbrey Wallin – Teachers College Record, 2008
Background/Context: Studies carried out over the last two decades have established structured after-school programs as significant contexts for adolescent development. Recent large-scale evaluations of after-school initiatives have yielded mixed results, finding some impact on adolescents' attitudes toward school but limited impact on their…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Neighborhoods, Focus Groups, After School Programs
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