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Morgan, Hani – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2016
In the twenty-first century, the use of standardized tests as the primary means to evaluate schools and teachers in the United States has contributed to severe dilemmas, including misleading information on what students know, lower-level instruction, cheating, less collaboration, unfair treatment of teachers, and biased teaching. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Educational Legislation
Lyons, Douglas; Niblock, Andrew W. – Independent School, 2014
Independent schools are, for the most part, exempt from mandatory participation in standardized tests designed for state and federal comparisons, nor are they required to take part in comparative international assessments. The anxiety in the broader culture, however, is driving a growing interest among independent school parents (and prospective…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Educational Practices
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Gill, Brian; Bruch, Julie; Booker, Kevin – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2013
States and school districts are exploring alternatives to state tests for measuring teachers' contributions to student learning. One approach applies statistical value-added methods to alternative student assessments such as commercially available tests and end-of course tests. The evidence suggests that these methods can reliably distinguish…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Competencies, Evaluation Methods, Educational Testing
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Morrow, Jennifer Glenn; Torrez, Alex – Educational Leadership, 2012
Like all early college high schools, Clear Horizons Early College High School in Houston, Texas, tries to help its students earn a high school diploma and a two-year associate's degree simultaneously through taking dual credit courses while in high school. Although many of the school's students were successful, Clear Horizon's leaders realized…
Descriptors: College Preparation, High Schools, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement Programs
Lee, Jaekyung; Finn, Jeremy; Liu, Xiaoyan – Online Submission, 2011
Through a synthesis of test publisher norms and national longitudinal datasets, this study provides new national norms of academic growth in K-12 reading and math that can be used to reinterpret conventional effect sizes in time units. We propose d' a time-indexed effect size metric to estimate how long it would take for an "untreated"…
Descriptors: Control Groups, National Norms, Effect Size, Mathematics Education
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Holcomb, Thomas K. – American Annals of the Deaf, 2010
The standard epistemology requires the use of hard science to gain knowledge and discover the truth. In contrast, Deaf epistemology relies heavily on personal testimonies, personal experiences, and personal accounts to document knowledge. In recent years, a number of deaf schools have adopted deaf-centric policies shaped by Deaf epistemology in an…
Descriptors: Deafness, Educational Change, Epistemology, Academic Achievement
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Demko, Maura – Voices from the Middle, 2010
A brief history of NCLB and the resultant scripted reading programs shows how hollow these fixes are when you eliminate teacher responsibility, professional judgment, and flexibility. The authors caution, "In some cases, we do think that these programs can be successful, but only if the teacher has the power as an educator to adjust the…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Teacher Responsibility, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
Peterson, Paul E.; Chingos, Matthew M. – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2009
At the request of the State of Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia, in the summer of 2002, asked three for-profit firms to assume responsibility for 30 of its lowest-performing schools and it asked four nonprofit managers to assume the management of 16 other low-performing schools. A difference-in-differences analysis is used to…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Business, School Administration, Urban Schools
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Campuzano, Larissa; Dynarski, Mark; Agodini, Roberto; Rall, Kristina – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2009
In the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Congress called for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to conduct a rigorous study of the conditions and practices under which educational technology is effective in increasing student academic achievement. A 2007 report presenting study findings for the 2004-2005 school year, indicated that, after one…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Computer Software
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National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2009
After-school programs receive federal support through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. A primary purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students meet state and local standards in core content areas. This brief presents findings for the first of two years of program operations (school year…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Academic Standards, Enrichment, Mathematics Education
Gilroy, Marilyn – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2007
This article reports that more colleges are dropping the SAT as a requirement for admission and, in many cases, these institutions are attracting a larger and more diverse pool of applicants. According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), 740 schools have made the SATs optional. The list includes some of the nation's most…
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Achievement Tests
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Balajthy, Ernest – Reading Teacher, 2007
Computer-based technologies offer promise as a means to assess students and provide teachers with better understandings of their students' achievement. This article describes recent developments in computer-based and web-based reading and literacy assessment, focusing on assessment administration, information management, and report creation. In…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Testing
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Petersen, Julie Landry – Education Next, 2007
In just the last ten years, goaded by broad and still unsettled cultural shifts, education practices have changed dramatically. Schools are no longer just recording and analyzing inputs--dollars spent, number of days of instruction, numbers of students per teacher--but pushing their data-gathering and analysis efforts into the brave new world of…
Descriptors: Test Results, Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, Educational Practices
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Hightower, Amy M.; Husbands, Jennifer L.; LaFors, Jeanette R.; Young , Viki M.; Christopher, Carl – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2005
Instructional quality is one of the most important factors in effective teaching. Without it, school reform is impossible. How can leaders develop and implement strategies to improve faculty quality and then manage the process of school reform in today's complex school environments? The authors answer this question through the study of a systemic…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Improvement, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
Wright, Wayne; Pu, Chang – Language Policy Research Unit, 2005
This report reveals the problems with claims made by Arizona state public education officials that English Language Learners (ELLs) are thriving under English-only instruction. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the state's accountability system, Arizona LEARNS, require all students, including ELLs, to participate in statewide…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Language of Instruction, Immersion Programs
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