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Canady, Carol E.; Canady, Robert Lynn – Educational Leadership, 2012
On the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of U.S. 4th graders performed at or above the proficient level in reading. That's the good news. But what about the two-thirds of students who "didn't" read proficiently in 4th grade? For students who enter school with below-average language development, a one-year gain…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, National Competency Tests, Literacy, Language Acquisition
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Rothman, Robert – Educational Leadership, 2012
The common core state standards, which have now been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, were designed around the goal of ensuring college and career readiness for all students. In this article, Rothman discusses research showing that a large proportion of U.S. high school graduates are ill-prepared to succeed in college or a…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Goal Orientation
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Wormeli, Rick – Educational Leadership, 2012
According to former Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O'Connor, active citizenship requires that students know how to persuade others by logic, seek consensus, understand and create constructive dissent, and practice other vital critical-thinking skills. However, in the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress in civics, only one in four…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, National Competency Tests, Nonprofit Organizations, Citizenship
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Eliot, Lise – Educational Leadership, 2010
Eliot, a neuroscientist who has analyzed gender differences in children's brains, asserts that--contrary to the widely held idea that boys' and girls' brains are hardwired differently--few differences exist in the neural structures and neurochemistry of boys' and girls' brains. Actual ability differences between the genders are quite small as…
Descriptors: Females, Gender Differences, Gender Bias, Males