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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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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 programĀ® (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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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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Konstantopoulos, Spyros; Hedges, Larry V. – Teachers College Record, 2008
Background/Context: Determining the effectiveness of reform strategies is a major part of the current and future educational research agenda. Effects of education reforms will be evaluated largely quantitatively, and an important aspect of this work will be judging how well reform strategies work. The rhetoric of contemporary school reform…
Descriptors: Research Design, Policy Formation, Intervention, Educational Research