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Delander, Brady – Education Commission of the States, 2014
While most states require testing in social studies or civic education, two states attach consequences for students and schools based on required statewide civics exams. Lawmakers in Florida, in 2010, and in Tennessee, in 2012, approved legislation that holds students accountable for their civics knowledge. Students are taking the tests for the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Citizenship Education, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
This Information Capsule answers the most frequently asked questions about M-DCPS' academic performance during the 2011-2012 school year. Over the past year, the Florida Department of Education made over 28 changes to the school grading formula, including the transition to new, more rigorous assessments, new accountability components, and…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Academic Achievement, School Effectiveness, Grading
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Pagnotti, John; Russell, William B., III – Social Studies, 2012
How can teachers utilize video games in the classroom, harnessing a technology that is gaining "market share" in the lives of our students? This article will provide classroom teachers with a research-based rationale for using video games along with a viable, classroom-tested lesson to teach social studies content using a widely…
Descriptors: World History, Video Games, History Instruction, Learner Engagement
Florida Department of Education, 2011
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is transitioning from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) to align with new student academic content standards. This booklet has been prepared to help understand the reports for the FCAT 2.0. It includes explanations of the reports,…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Academic Standards
Collins, Crystal – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
In 2010, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) convened an advisory panel of state leaders to study college completion, answer key questions and make policy recommendations to guide states toward improvement. The commitment of these leaders and philanthropic groups to address the problems of college completion--both nationwide and in SREB…
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Freshmen, High School Graduates, High School Freshmen
Zimmer, Ron; Gill, Brian; Booker, Kevin; Lavertu, Stephane; Sass, Tim R.; Witte, John – RAND Corporation, 2009
The first U.S. charter school opened in 1992, and the scale of the charter movement has since grown to 4,000 schools and more than a million students in 40 states plus the District of Columbia. With this growth has also come a contentious debate about the effects of the schools on their own students and on students in nearby traditional public…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Research Methodology, Probability, Student Characteristics
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Taylor, Rosemarye T.; Chanter, Carol – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2008
Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) has systematically made reading the center of instruction in the district's 10 high schools. Data-supported improvements have taken place in reading achievement in a short time through a two-pronged approach grounded in professional development. Through collaboration with the Florida Center for Reading…
Descriptors: High Schools, Reading Research, Reading Achievement, Secondary School Teachers
Herlihy, Corinne – National High School Center, 2007
The transition into high school is a critical point in the educational pipeline, and ninth-grade can be characterized as one of its leakiest junctures. This policy brief examines how some states and districts are currently easing the transition into high school for students. It focuses on five key challenges that states, districts and schools…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grade 9, Dropout Prevention, School Statistics
Froman, Terry; Rubiera, Vilma – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2005
Student scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) tests are increasingly being used for administrative purposes. Promotion and placement decisions are largely governed by FCAT performance. Although efforts are made to make the FCAT scores available as soon as possible, for some purposes they are not on hand when needed.…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Scores, Standardized Tests, Prediction