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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
"Looking Closer" is the eighth biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB's Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Demography, Student Diversity, Preschool Education
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Lynch, Kathleen; Kim, James S. – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2017
Prior research suggests that summer learning loss among low-income children contributes to income-based gaps in achievement and educational attainment. We present results from a randomized experiment of a summer mathematics program conducted in a large, high-poverty urban public school district. Children in the third to ninth grade (N = 263) were…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Mathematics Instruction, Low Income Groups, Randomized Controlled Trials
Cooper-Martin, Elizabeth – Montgomery County Public Schools, 2017
At the request of the Chief Academic Officer, the Office of Shared Accountability conducted a study of successful secondary students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and what helped them to achieve academic success. The study first examined performance at the advanced level over time. In response to the finding that Black or African…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Secondary School Students
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Cerulli, D.; Holbrook, J.; Mander, Ü. – Science Education International, 2016
As global average temperatures rise, there has been an increase in the frequency and magnitude of meteorological natural hazards. To survive in the world and thrive in the work place, students need to utilize educational skills (such as creative thinking, non-routine problem solving, collaboration and systems thinking) and become independent…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 10
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Ling, Guangming – International Journal of Testing, 2016
To investigate possible iPad related mode effect, we tested 403 8th graders in Indiana, Maryland, and New Jersey under three mode conditions through random assignment: a desktop computer, an iPad alone, and an iPad with an external keyboard. All students had used an iPad or computer for six months or longer. The 2-hour test included reading, math,…
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Handheld Devices, Computers
Thompson, Stephen A. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This research examined the extent to which benchmark assessments can be accurate forecasters of student performance on a state assessment in Algebra 1. The study applied correlational analysis, regression analysis, and receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis to the benchmark and state assessment results of a rural school district in…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Predictor Variables, Success, Mathematics Achievement
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McKellar, Sarah E.; Marchand, Aixa Daphne; Diemer, Matthew; Malanchuk, Oksana – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2016
Student self-concept of math ability (SCMA) and math utility value shape course-taking patterns, achievement, and entree into mathematics-intensive college majors (Eccles & Wigfield, 2005). The development of SCMA and math utility value are embedded in social contexts (Marsh et al., 2005). School racial climate is a particularly important…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Mathematics Skills, African American Students, Racial Composition
Maina, Nyambura Susan – Montgomery County Public Schools, 2015
At the request of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs, the Office of Shared Accountability examined the impact of offering Advanced Grade 8 U.S. History on enrollment and performance in Advanced Placement (AP) social studies courses in Grade 9. The study compared Grade 9 enrollment and performance in AP U.S. History or AP U.S.…
Descriptors: United States History, Grade 8, History Instruction, Student Participation
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2015
Making robust and reliable information about schools accessible is one of the most powerful ways to foster engagement and promote informed decisions that will shape our communities. Though education data is frequently collected and aggregated at the state level, data is rarely synthesized across cities. This report provides comparable information…
Descriptors: School Districts, Geographic Location, Public Officials, City Government
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Summers, Amber C.; Smith, Paul; Ezike, Adaora; Frutchey, Robin; Fahle, Jenna; DeVries, Eva; Taylor, Jarrett; Cheskin, Lawrence J. – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2015
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine if mushroom blended recipes are an acceptable option for use in the school food program. The palatability and acceptance of mushroom-soy-beef blend burgers among school-aged children was tested. Methods: Students in grades 2 through 8 were invited to participate in a taste test.…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Food, Student Attitudes, Grade 2
Hollenbeck, Kevin; Bartik, Timothy J.; Eberts, Randall W.; Hershbein, Brad J.; Miller-Adams, Michelle – W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2015
Michigan has a problem. By several measures, the achievement of students attending its K-12 educational system has not kept pace with other states. Although Michigan's student achievement has improved over the past decade, the improvement has been modest, and achievement in many other states has easily surpassed that in Michigan. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Quality, Educational Finance, Academic Achievement
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Ghent, Cynthia; Trauth-Nare, Amy; Dell, Katie; Haines, Sarah – Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2014
This study investigates the influence of Green School designation on students' achievement in state-mandated standardized tests. Data were gathered 3 years pre- and post-Green schools designation, from test pass rates in reading and mathematics for Grade 5 and Grade 8 students, and from mathematics, English language arts, and biology scores for…
Descriptors: State Programs, Standardized Tests, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Connolly, Faith; Olson, Linda S.; Durham, Rachel E.; Plank, Stephen B. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
This report compares high school indicators of college readiness for the Baltimore City Schools Class of 2011 with actual readiness as determined by Maryland colleges. Each Maryland college determines its own criteria for entering credit bearing courses or taking developmental courses. As a result, findings are reported separately by college…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Educational Indicators, Readiness, Urban Schools
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
Recognizing the importance of both keeping middle school students engaged and improving their math skills, Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) developed a summer school STEM program involving not only math and science instruction but also the experience of building a robot and competing with those robots in a city-wide tournament.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Programs, Robotics, Mathematics Skills
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
"Taking Stock and Pushing Forward" (2014) reports states' progress toward the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education. State-specific documents report on student achievement as well as essential state policies to improve it. Among the many metrics: how states are improving achievement on NAEP [National Assessment of Educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, State Policy, National Competency Tests
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