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Hennick, Calvin – Instructor, 2008
In this article, the author discusses the dilemma between retaining and promoting students who are unprepared for the next level, and offers a solution to this dilemma. In a perfect world, every student would be academically prepared for the next grade, and there would be no need to choose between holding students back and passing them on…
Descriptors: Grade Repetition, Student Promotion, Intervention, Child Psychology
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. – 2002
This report shares with educators and the public all of the test items on which spring 2002 student results from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) are based. The release of these items provides information on the kinds of knowledge and skills students are expected to demonstrate on the MCAS tests. Local educators are…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, State Programs, Test Items
Bartsch, Julie – 2001
This guide was developed to share successful Community Service Learning (CSL) instructional practices. It presents units that can be replicated and adapted for varying grade levels and curricular goals. The guide notes that as students use newly acquired academic knowledge and skills to address real issues in their communities, they often gain…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. – 2001
This overview of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests is designed to help schools implement the Massachusetts"Curriculum Frameworks." For this fourth administration of the MCAS tests in 2001, the design of the tests remains essentially the same, but there are some changes highlighted in this overview. The first…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, State Programs
Haycock, Kati – Thinking K-16, 1998
This issue focuses on what recent research from Tennessee, Texas, Massachusetts, and Alabama says about the most significant factor that impacts student achievement: the teacher. After presenting teacher effectiveness data from the four states, it discusses what makes an effective teacher, focusing on the need for strong verbal and math skills,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, Waltham. – 1989
Social studies programs have not received the attention they deserve in the last decade. This document is meant to help Massachusetts school districts strengthen the teaching of social studies at all grade levels. The rationale section offers direction about the need for and the primary purpose of social studies education, namely citizen…
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary School Curriculum
Godfrey, Paul J. – Science Probe, 1991
Documents the workings and findings of the Massachusetts Acid Rain Monitoring Project, which has pooled the volunteer efforts of more than 1,000 amateur and professional scientists since 1983. Reports on the origins of air pollution, the prediction of acid rain, and its effects on both water life and land resources. (JJK)
Descriptors: Acid Rain, Air Pollution, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education
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Stambaugh, Laura – Music Educators Journal, 1996
Profiles a summer music and arts program specifically designed for children and adults with Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a chromosomal aberration, usually resulting in mild or moderate retardation often accompanied by an acute sensitivity to sound and perfect pitch. The summer program focused on music and performing arts. (MJP)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Applied Music, Congenital Impairments, Disabilities
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Mollo, Arlene Black – Arts Education Policy Review, 1996
Maintains that a more thorough understanding of the complex relationship between state government and local schools would greatly benefit arts educators. Presents an examination of the structure of this relationship in Massachusetts as a model. Examines government funding, staffing, delegation of powers, and various shared responsibilities. (MJP)
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation
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Banit, Thomas F. – New England Journal of History, 1994
Contends that, although the topic of sports and leisure seems suited for study primarily at the national level, local communities can be rich sources of information. Describes the role of sports history within the overall work of the Needham (Massachusetts) Historical Society. (CFR)
Descriptors: Athletics, Community Resources, Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education
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Nutting, P. Bradley – New England Journal of History, 1994
Contends that what a society does publicly to entertain itself reveals shared values. Maintains that public entertainment in Worcester (Massachusetts) prior to the War of 1812 was limited largely to Sundays, court days, and the Fourth of July. Describes changes in entertainment and social values after the War of 1812. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Behavior, History Instruction