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Saw, Guan – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This dissertation consists of three chapters that examine the effects of school and students improvement interventions. The first chapter investigates whether, for whom, and under which conditions high school mathematics and science course graduation requirements (CGRs) affect student achievement and educational attainment. Drawing on data from…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Student Improvement, Intervention, Program Effectiveness
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2014
Researchers examined the impacts of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program on academic and behavioral outcomes of students in grades 9-12 in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program offers college scholarships to graduating high school students in the KPS district. The percentage of tuition and fees covered is…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average, Scholarships, Quasiexperimental Design
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Zeller, Pamela J.; Carpenter, Shelly; Lacefield, Warren E.; Applegate, E. Brooks – International Journal for Leadership in Learning, 2013
The GEAR UP graduation coach intervention developed by the GEAR UP Learning Centers at Western Michigan University (WMU) addresses the issue of academic failure of at-risk students in high school. This personalized early intervention strategy begins by assessing students' unique circumstances, academic histories, and strengths and weaknesses in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Districts, Coaching (Performance), Academic Failure
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Wood, Richard E.; Burz, Helen L. – Journal of Staff Development, 2013
E.A. Johnson High School is located in Mt. Morris, Michigan, near Flint, where the city has felt deeply the impact of the area's economic decline. 72% of the student population qualify for free and reduced lunch. The staff was willing to make the changes necessary for success, but needed more than a book study. Many of the structures for…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Literacy Education, High Schools, At Risk Students
Bartik, Timothy J.; Lachowska, Marta – W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2012
In order to study whether college scholarships can be an effective tool in raising students' performance in secondary school, we use one aspect of the Kalamazoo Promise that resembles a quasi-experiment. The surprise announcement of the scholarship created a large change in expected college tuition costs that varied across different groups of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Characteristics, Credits, Grade Point Average
Obenauf, Kaitlin; Brummet, Quentin – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
This project represents the beginning of a partnership between the State of Michigan and researchers at the University of Michigan and Michigan State Michigan. The partnership is formalized as the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research (MCER). The goal of MCER is to engage key stakeholders and experts in high quality education research for…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Graduation Requirements, Merit Scholarships, Educational Change
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Miron, Gary; Jones, Jeffrey N.; Kelaher-Young, Allison J. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2011
The Kalamazoo Promise was announced in the fall of 2005, offering free college tuition at any public state college or university for graduates of the district who have gained acceptance to a postsecondary institution. This program was funded through the generous support of anonymous donors, and a federally-funded evaluation is underway to examine…
Descriptors: State Colleges, Academic Achievement, Scholarships, Tuition
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2010
The "National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program" is a residential education and training program designed for youth ages 16 to 18 who have dropped out of or been expelled from high school. During the 22-week residential period, participants are offered GED preparation classes and other program services intended to promote positive youth…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, At Risk Students, Job Skills, Leadership
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This year the Center on Education Policy analyzed data on the achievement of different groups of students in two distinct ways. First, it looked at grade 4 test results to determine whether the performance of various groups improved at three achievement levels--basic and above, proficient and above, and advanced. Second, it looked at gaps between…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Low Income, American Indians, African American Students
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Bishop, John H. – Education Next, 2004
Nations other than the U.S. elicit better performance from their students through the use of high-stakes graduation exams. Along these same lines, Michigan now links college scholarships to high school test results. Michigan has rejected the use of minimum-competency exams, largely because it wanted the state's high-school test to reflect more…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Test Results, College Attendance, Scholarships