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Huhn, Craig – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
When the author was first charged with getting a group of students to understand the correlation coefficient, he did not anticipate the topic would challenge his own understanding, let alone cause him to eventually question the very nature of mathematics itself. On the surface, the idea seemed straightforward, one that millions of students across…
Descriptors: Correlation, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, 2012
This "Report Card to the Public" is published in accordance with Alaska Statute 14.03.120 for the school year 2011-2012. Under state law, each school district is required to report information about its plans and performance to its community. This report includes a statewide summary of performance results. It reports the status of public…
Descriptors: Public Schools, State Legislation, School Districts, Academic Achievement
Walker, Karen – Principals' Partnership, 2010
Even though it often feels like standardized testing is a relatively recent phenomena, it has been around at least since the 1800s, when in China, those that wanted a government job were required to take a test on their expertise of Confucian philosophy and poetry. During the Industrial Revolution, standardized tests were a quick way to test large…
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, Testing, Standardized Tests, Graduation
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Ma'ayan, Hadar Dubowsky – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2010
Erika was a failing student at a large urban public middle school. She was poor, Hispanic, bilingual, and had repeated fourth grade. She scored low on her standardized tests and was failing several subject areas. In class, Erika was a student who sat silently with her head on her desk, and rarely turned in any of her assignments. She was a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Family Violence, Standardized Tests
Flowers, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2010
As school districts face declining enrollment and stable or reduced funding they look for ways to contain costs and continue to provide a quality educational experience. In many states "a new wave of consolidation...may be at hand" (Kysilko, 2003). The research cites advantage for both consolidation and for maintaining small schools. The…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Declining Enrollment, Small Schools, School Closing
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Hardwick-Ivey, Amy R. – English Journal, 2008
High school teacher Amy R. Hardwick-Ivey loves teaching vocabulary. She describes numerous activities that increase students' understanding of the nuances of language and their confidence in using language well.
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, English Teachers, English Instruction
Meierding, Loren – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006
This is a step-by-step guidebook that is designed to help students on the quantitative section of the SAT. This guidebook produces an understanding of key mathematical concepts as the various topics are covered by the text, and, unlike other SAT guides, lists skills and capabilities, that if mastered will result in well-prepared students. More…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Guides, Standardized Tests, Test Wiseness
Muir, Mike – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2005
There is decades of research on the correlation between grades and standardized test scores. Much of what the author accessed was published in the 70s and 80s, partly because a scare around "the declining American SAT score" led to an examination of the tests (the drop can easily be explained by the fact that many students who might not…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grades (Scholastic), Academic Persistence, African American Students
Wiest, Lynda; Johnson, Shanna – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2005
Girls take as many mathematics courses as boys do in high school. However, they show lower achievement in mathematics and are less likely to pursue mathematics-related fields. Women's interest and participation in computer science fields is also a concern. Moreover, women in these occupations are more likely than men to use computers for clerical…
Descriptors: Role Models, Females, Mathematics Achievement, Teacher Role
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Braswell, James S. – Mathematics Teacher, 1992
Described are important changes that will be introduced in the mathematics sections of the new Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The three main changes are (1) permission to use calculators; (2) inclusion of open-ended questions; and (3) content revisions consistent with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics "Curriculum and Evaluation…
Descriptors: Calculators, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills
Rigol, Gretchen W. – College Board Review, 1991
The College Entrance Examination Board has not permitted calculator use on the Scholastic Aptitude Test because of unresolved concerns about equity, implications for test content, and logistical and security issues. Those issues no longer seem insurmountable, and significant changes are being introduced on many tests. (MSE)
Descriptors: Calculators, Cheating, College Entrance Examinations, Higher Education
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Collins, Cathy – Clearing House, 1989
Argues that developing students' higher-level thinking abilities will reinforce fact-oriented competencies necessary to successful performance on scholastic achievement tests. Presents guidelines for: (1) developing a teacher training program; (2) supporting teachers as they modify teaching strategies; and (3) evaluating students on the basis of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Guides, Administrator Responsibility, Critical Thinking