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Vermont Department of Education, 2012
The annual event dropout rate describes the proportion of students who leave school each year without completing a high school program. The event dropout rates for the school year 2010-2011 of 1.77% for grades 7 through 12th and 2.55% for grades 9 through 12th are consistent with the dropout rates for the past four years. The event completion rate…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Dropout Rate, Graduation Rate, Enrollment Trends
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Smith, M. Cecil; Darfler, Anne – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
US educators express concern that students are turning away from the study of science and have little interest in pursuing science careers. Nationally, science achievement scores for 8th graders are unchanged since 1996, but 12th graders' scores have significantly decreased. A shortcoming of education reform efforts is lack of attention to…
Descriptors: Science Careers, Teacher Characteristics, Science Achievement, Standardized Tests
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Pinxten, Maarten; De Fraine, Bieke; Van Den Noortgate, Wim; Van Damme, Jan; Anumendem, Dickson – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2012
The present study aims at unravelling the myriad of student-level (i.e., gender, socioeconomic status [SES], academic self-concept, achievement, ability, and occupational interests) and school-level (i.e., gender composition, maths composition, and SES composition) determinants of option choice in the academic track of secondary school in…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, School Choice, Grade 9, Grade 8
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Gutchewsky, Kim; Curran, Joanne – Educational Leadership, 2012
According to a 2010 report by ACT, "Only 31 percent of students are performing at a college-and-career reading level with respect to successfully understanding complex text" (p. 5). This statistic demonstrates what educators know: Middle and high school students face numerous challenges in reading, understanding, connecting to, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Reading Instruction, Time Management, Secondary School Teachers
Hunley-Jenkins, Keisha Janine – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This qualitative study explores large, urban, mid-western principal perspectives about cyberbullying and the policy components and practices that they have found effective and ineffective at reducing its occurrence and/or negative effect on their schools' learning environments. More specifically, the researcher was interested in learning more…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Urban Schools, Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication
ACT, Inc., 2012
Last year, Hispanic and African American high school graduates met ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks in English, reading, mathematics, and science at substantially lower rates than did Asian and White graduates. For example, the rate of White graduates who were college ready in English (77%) was twice that of their African American peers (35%).…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Academic Achievement
Van der Vossen, Maria R. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This causal-comparative study examined the relationship between enrollment/non-enrollment in music programs of differing content or quality and mathematical achievement among 739 secondary (grades 8-12) students from four different Maryland counties. The students, both female and male, were divided into sample groups by their participation in a…
Descriptors: Correlation, Music Education, Mathematics Achievement, Secondary School Students
Marsh, Rose M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Schools have gone through educational reforms having various focuses on curriculum changes, consolidation, open classrooms, mastery learning, decentralization, shared decisionmaking, legislative mandates and controls, high expectations, integrated thematic instruction, professional development, technology integration, and standards with…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Virtual Classrooms
Chudowsky, Naomi; Chudowsky, Victor – Center on Education Policy, 2012
In recent years, as schools have shifted more attention to English language arts and mathematics, several groups have made a plea for renewed attention to civic education for all students. One such group is the Spencer Foundation, which promotes research to improve students' civics knowledge and skills and their dispositions for responsible…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Charter Schools, Traditional Schools, Comparative Analysis
Bayard, Robert – ProQuest LLC, 2012
As of 2008, approximately 40% of eighth grade students in the United States enroll in Algebra I (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2008). Although research has shown that students have more opportunities to take advanced mathematics courses by taking eighth grade Algebra I, in the United States, approximately only one-third to one-half…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Algebra, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Students
Wilcox, Michael Lee – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was two-fold in nature. First, this study sought to identify whether extracurricular participation for students in a rural, Grades 7-12 building created significant differences when examining academic performance, attendance, gender, lunch status, and student discipline compared to their non-participant peers. Secondly,…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Rural Schools, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Ezzi, Nemah Abdullah Ayash – English Language Teaching, 2012
Beliefs of in-service English teachers about grammar learning/teaching and the influence of such beliefs on their classroom practices remain relatively unexplored. More precisely, this study explores English teachers' beliefs about grammar learning and teaching. It throws light on the teachers' actual practices in the classrooms of 7th -12th…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Grammar, Grammar Translation Method
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2012
This report presents results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in writing at grades 8 and 12. In this new national writing assessment sample, 24,100 eighth-graders and 28,100 twelfth-graders engaged with writing tasks and composed their responses on computer. The assessment tasks reflected writing situations common to…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Writing Tests, Grade 8, Grade 12
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2012
The Nation's Report Card[TM] informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time. Since 1969, NAEP…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Reading Tests, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension
Mielke, Monica; LaFleur, Jennifer; Butler, Alisha; Sanzone, Joy – Policy Studies Associates, Inc., 2012
In 2006 4-H National Headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National 4-H Council introduced a new initiative aimed at increasing the number and quality of science, engineering, and technology programs that 4-H offers around the country, and increasing the number of youth involved in these programs. By engaging youth in informal…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Science Interests, Science Careers
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