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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
Allen, Melissa – Library Media Connection, 2010
Today school library media specialists operate in an environment of daily challenges and controversies. "No Child Left Behind" established mandates that all educators are scrambling to meet. No matter how people feel about the way the legislation is being carried out, it is difficult to argue against its purpose--that all educators must…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Academic Achievement
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Dai, Chifeng; Sindelar, Paul T.; Denslow, David; Dewey, James; Rosenberg, Michael S. – Journal of Teacher Education, 2007
Few studies have addressed the effects of teacher education generally, no less the specific program elements necessary to prepare competent and caring teachers. As a result, to address teacher shortages in science, mathematics, and special education, alternatives to traditional preparation have been proposed, and their development has proceeded…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Program Design, Economic Research, Teacher Education Programs
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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
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Carreker, Suzanne H.; Swank, Paul R.; Tillman-Dowdy, Lynn; Neuhaus, Graham F.; Monfils, Mary Jo; Montemayor, Mary Lou; Johnson, Paul – Reading Psychology: An International Quarterly, 2005
First and second grade public school teachers were trained through interactive video-conferencing to implement "Language Enrichment," an Orton-Gillingham-based literacy instruction. The effectiveness of the linguistically informed training was demonstrated by documenting the longitudinal third grade reading comprehension achievement of…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Inservice Teacher Education, Reading Instruction, Language Enrichment
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Toenjes, Laurence A. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2005
A paper appearing in this journal by Klein, Hamilton, McCaffrey and Stecher (2000) attempted to raise serious questions about the validity of the gains in student performance as measured by Texas' standardized test, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). Part of their analysis was based on the results of three tests which they…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Test Validity, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Fusarelli, Bonnie C.; Fusarelli, Lance D. – Planning and Changing, 2003
In this article, the authors explore whether educational systems have the institutional capacity to implement comprehensive, systemic reform, as envisioned in legislation such as No Child Left Behind. Drawing upon evidence from various state-level reform initiatives, the authors highlight the ways in which systemic reform appears to positively…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Standards
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Knight, Stephanie L.; Erlandson, David A. – Planning and Changing, 2003
The purpose of this article is to discuss an approach to analyzing the interactive effects of multiple reform efforts within a school or school district. The approach resulted from an intensive study of reform in one district in a state characterized by a strong accountability system. First, the authors present a brief history of educational…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Accountability, Federal Legislation
Lewis, Ann C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Comments on new Elementary Secondary Education Act, particularly the bill's national testing and school-choice provisions. (PKP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education
Burley, Hansel – American School Board Journal, 2001
Disappointing high-stakes test results matter far less than the type of future citizens that schools produce. Citizenship values (teamwork, leadership, and neighborliness) are not assessed well by multiple-choice exams. Poor performers should not be segregated, data should be reinterpreted, and remediation should stress tutoring interventions, not…
Descriptors: Accountability, Citizenship Education, Data Interpretation, Elementary Secondary Education
Hurley, Eric A.; Chamberlain, Anne; Slavin, Robert E.; Madden, Nancy A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2001
An evaluation of the Success for All reading program, based on Texas Assessment of Academic Achievement scores in 111 SFA schools, shows that these schools are closing the achievement gap between themselves and less impoverished schools in the state. Minority students' progress is especially remarkable. (Contains 19 references.) (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, High Stakes Tests, Minority Groups, Program Evaluation
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Bussert-Webb, Kathy – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2000
Follows up the author's April 1999 article in this same journal, which described how her teaching improved when she decided not to focus on the minimal competency test for Texas. Quantifies ways her students became better readers and reports on the high pass rate of those very students on the reading section of the Texas Assessment of Academic…
Descriptors: High Schools, High Stakes Tests, Holistic Approach, Reading Achievement
Johnson, Joseph F., Jr.; Treisman, Uri; Fuller, Ed – School Administrator, 2000
Studies of Texas' testing program, initiated in 1992, identify several factors contributing to improved achievement: alignment with state standards; results that inform instruction; understandable, attainable rating systems that encourage improvements for all populations; balance between school/student accountability; stable, yet improvable…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Gains, Elementary Secondary Education
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Cruse, Keith L.; Twing, Jon S. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2000
Provides a chronological summary of the evolution of statewide achievement tests in Texas to facilitate understanding of the issues behind the "GI Forum v. Texas Education Agency" litigation (1999), which challenged the curricular links of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills and other "opportunity to learn" issues. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements
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Smisko, Ann; Twing, Jon S.; Denny, Patricia – Applied Measurement in Education, 2000
Describes the Texas test development process in detail, showing how each test development step is linked to the "Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing." The routine use of this process provides evidence of the content and curricular validity of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Curriculum, Models, Test Construction
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