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MDRC, 2018
This issue brief describes the programs and systems of the MDRC Center for Data Insights. Ranging from simple descriptive summaries to advanced machine learning algorithms, the Center's eight current projects aim to use institutions' increasingly rich data to provide new insights that can help refine and target their client's services: (1)…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Federal Programs, Welfare Services, State Aid
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Amendum, Steven J.; Conradi, Kristin; Pendleton, Melissa J. – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2016
This article is designed to help teachers interpret reading assessment data from DIBELS beyond individual subtests to better support their students' needs. While it is important to understand the individual subtest measures, it is more vital to understand how each fits into the larger picture of reading development. The underlying construct of…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Data Interpretation, Student Needs, Elementary School Students
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Sanderson, Donna R. – School Community Journal, 2016
This article highlights how an existing university-school partnership between a university and a kindergarten center was restructured in an attempt to bring academic and practitioner knowledge together in a more synergistic way in support of preservice teacher learning. In an effort to more closely connect a campus-based course that had a small…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Kindergarten, Preservice Teacher Education
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Rubin, Daniel Ian – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2016
The process of learning to read is difficult for many children, and this is especially true for students with learning disabilities (LD). Reading in English becomes even more difficult when a student's home language is not English. For English language learner (ELL) students with LD, acquiring the necessary skills to read fluently is an even…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, English Language Learners, Learning Disabilities
Polikoff, Morgan S. – Center for American Progress, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were created in response to the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind era standards and assessments. Among those failings were the poor quality of content standards and assessments and the variability in content expectations and proficiency targets across states, as well as concerns related to the economic…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2014
Less frequently than you might expect, a court case within the booming world of special education litigation focuses on the evaluation practices of a school psychologist. The appropriateness of such practices merits comparative examination from both professional and legal perspectives. This article contains the facts for examination under these…
Descriptors: School Psychology, Court Litigation, Special Education, School Psychologists
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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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Murray, Maria S.; Munger, Kristen A.; Clonan, Sheila M. – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2012
For students with reading disabilities who experience difficulties with oral reading fluency, school-based interventions frequently focus on increasing speed through interventions such as repeated readings of texts. Students may not respond adequately to such "fluency only" interventions if the underlying skills that lead to fluent…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Fluency, Intervention, Reading Improvement
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Abbott, Mary; Wills, Howard – Preventing School Failure, 2012
In today's educational environment, schools struggle to meet the academic needs of every student. Many schools are challenged by the use of a response-to-intervention framework in which too many students need strong interventions. This article details a data-driven, decision-making response-to-intervention reading team model in which teachers,…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Data, Decision Making, Reading Instruction
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Porche, Michelle V.; Pallante, Daniel H.; Snow, Catherine E. – Elementary School Journal, 2012
The Collaborative Language and Literacy Instruction Project (CLLIP) is a model of professional development designed to help teachers incorporate research-based practices of literacy instruction, support mastery, and sustained use of these practices through coaching, and serve as a foundation for whole-school reform efforts. We describe the model,…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Phonemic Awareness, Grade 4, Faculty Development
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Hoffman, James V. – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
This essay raises concerns over the future direction for educational aid designed to promote literacy in developing countries. The essay focuses on the EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment) initiative in Africa. At one level, this essay challenges the claims for empirical and research-based support for the EGRA. At a broader level, this essay…
Descriptors: Expertise, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Developing Nations
South Dakota Department of Education, 2012
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE, 2005) defines response to intervention (RTI) as the practice of providing high-quality instruction and intervention based on a student's needs, changing instruction and/or goals through frequent monitoring of progress, and applying the student response data to important…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Program Implementation, Models, At Risk Students
Stecker, Pamela M.; Lembke, Erica S. – National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, 2011
Progress monitoring refers to a system of ongoing data collection on academic skills of interest. Short samples of student performance are collected on a regular basis, and the scores from these short samples of performance are graphed to create a picture of student progress. Teachers can use the graphed student performance as they make…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, Reading, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation
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McAlenney, Athena Lentini; Coyne, Michael D. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2011
Accurate identification of at-risk kindergarten and 1st-grade students through early reading screening is an essential element of responsiveness to intervention models of reading instruction. The authors consider predictive validity and classification accuracy of early reading screening assessments with attention to sensitivity and specificity.…
Descriptors: Intervention, Early Reading, Predictive Validity, At Risk Students