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Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
The challenge of "educational" assessments--assessments that advance the purposes of learning and instruction--is to provide useful information regarding students' progress towards the goals of instruction in ways that are reliable and not idiosyncratic. In this commentary, the author indicates that the challenges are actually more…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning, Student Evaluation, Psychometrics
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2017
"Success for All" ("SFA"®) is a whole-school reform model (that is, a model that integrates curriculum, school culture, family, and community supports) for students in prekindergarten through grade 8. "SFA"® includes a literacy program, quarterly assessments of student learning, a social-emotional development program,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Literacy Education, Educational Research, Elementary Education
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Kettler, Todd – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
Bui, Craig, and Imberman assessed the impact of gifted and talented programs on student achievement using regression discontinuity and random assignment to gifted magnet schools. In both analyses, they found minimal impact of the gifted and talented programs on student achievement. This commentary addresses two concerns associated with the study.…
Descriptors: Economic Research, Educational Research, Gifted, Special Education
Houston Independent School District, 2015
The State Compensatory Education (SCE) program is designed to reduce dropout rates and increase academic performance of students identified as being at-risk of dropping out of school. SCE operates as a funding source to supplement instructional services and offer academic support to students who meet the SCE at-risk criteria established by the…
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, At Risk Students, Remedial Instruction, Dropout Prevention
Urdegar, Steven M. – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2014
My Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC) is an online program for students who have been identified as struggling readers. It is used as an intervention within the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, as well as for students with disabilities. The software addresses reading sub-skills (i.e., comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Intervention, Response to Intervention, Disabilities
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Cawthon, Stephanie W; Schoffstall, Sarah J.; Garberoglio, Carrie Lou – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2014
Educational policy in the United States is increasingly focused on the need for individuals to be academically ready for postsecondary education experiences. The focus of these initiatives, however, centers primarily on individuals and their competencies and characteristics, and not on the capacities of postsecondary institutions to serve them.…
Descriptors: Partial Hearing, Deafness, Colleges, College Students
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2014
This study of 952 fifth and sixth graders in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, found that students who were offered the "Higher Achievement" program had higher test scores in mathematical problem solving and were more likely to be admitted to and attend private competitive high schools. "Higher Achievement" is a…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, After School Programs, Program Effectiveness, Grade 5
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Hosp, John L.; Suchey, Nicole – School Psychology Review, 2014
Over the past few decades, reading assessment has been pushed to the forefront of the national discussion about education. The most recent reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1994, 2001) made assessment a priority as administrators and teachers are attempting to meet increasing accountability standards, but measuring…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Reading Ability
Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov; Schatschneider, Chris – Florida Center for Reading Research, 2015
The grades K-2 Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Reading Assessment (FRA) consists of computer-adaptive alphabetic and oral language screening tasks that provide a Probability of Literacy Success (PLS) linked to grade-level performance (i.e., the 40th percentile) on the word reading (in kindergarten) or reading comprehension (in grades…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Tests, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2013
The "Talent Development Middle Grades Program" is a comprehensive reform model that transforms the structure and curriculum of large urban middle schools with the aim of improving student achievement and raising teacher and student expectations. Key features of the "Talent Development Middle Grades Program" include small…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Reading Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Urban Schools
Chaparro, Erin A.; Smolkowski, Keith; Baker, Scott K.; Fien, Hank; Smith, Jean Louise M. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a tiered instructional delivery framework developed to meet the needs of all students and has the potential to improve reading achievement, prevent reading problems, and improve identification accuracy for learning disabilities. Tier 1 typically occurs in the context of the general education classroom and is…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Literacy, Reading Instruction
Abry, Tashia; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E.; Hulleman, Chris S.; Thomas, Julie; Ko, Michelle – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
In the context of an experimental trial, the authors examined variability in treatment and control teachers' use of several "Responsive Classroom" (RC) practices to predict students' 4th grade academic achievement. Further, they examined the extent to which use of the "RC" practices is differentially important for subgroups of…
Descriptors: Intervention, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers
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Newman, Denis; Finney, Pamela B.; Bell, Steve; Turner, Herb; Jaciw, Andrew P.; Zacamy, Jenna L.; Gould, Laura Feagans – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2012
This report presents the results of an experiment conducted in Alabama beginning in the 2006/07 school year, to determine the effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), which aims to improve mathematics and science achievement in the state's K-12 schools. This study is the first randomized controlled trial…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Elementary Schools
Chingos, Matthew M. – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
Class-size reduction (CSR) mandates presuppose that resources provided to reduce class size will have a larger impact on student outcomes than resources that districts can spend as they see fit. I estimate the impact of Florida's statewide CSR policy by comparing the deviations from prior achievement trends in districts that were required to…
Descriptors: Class Size, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Policy
Jamgochian, Elisa; Park, Bitnara Jasmine; Nese, Joseph F. T.; Lai, Cheng-Fei; Saez, Leilani; Anderson, Daniel; Alonzo, Julie; Tindal, Gerald – Behavioral Research and Teaching, 2010
In this technical report, we provide reliability and validity evidence for the easyCBM[R] Reading measures for grade 2 (word and passage reading fluency and multiple choice reading comprehension). Evidence for reliability includes internal consistency and item invariance. Evidence for validity includes concurrent, predictive, and construct…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Reading Comprehension, Testing Programs, Reading Fluency
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