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Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2001
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 1 million children ages 5 and under are afflicted with unsafe amounts of lead. Schools can be a source of lead poisoning. Other sources include playgrounds near freeways, playground equipment, contaminated soil, and technology rooms with lead-bearing supplies. Sidebars…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Health Conditions, Health Materials
Mann, Dale; Shakeshaft, Charol; Kottkamp, Robert; Becker, Jonathan – American School Board Journal, 2000
A study to determine effects of Lightspan Partnership Inc.'s interactive materials on student achievement in a Denver- area elementary school revealed higher reading and math test scores for Lightspan schools, compared to control schools. This serious play curriculum, assisted by parents, benefited neediest kids most. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Software, Elementary Education, Interactive Video
Peterson, John M. – American School Board Journal, 1995
After adoption of a new elementary mathematics series in a school district, mathematics scores increased by an average of 9 points in 6 schools; however,in the district's other 11 elementary schools, the average score dropped 11 points. Without exception, schools where students showed improvement had teachers who had taken inservice training on…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Inservice Teacher Education
Natale, Jo Anna – American School Board Journal, 1995
In 1990 two Baltimore, Maryland, schools began an educational experiment. The Barclay School, a public elementary and middle school, won permission to bypass the city's curriculum and adopt the program of the Calvert School, a private elementary school. Test scores and writing skills of Barclay students have improved using the back-to-basics,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Back to Basics, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1999
In 1988, the Mississippi Legislature established a public school rating system, ranging from 1 (probation) to 5 (exceptional). The new superintendent of Oxford Public Schools took only three years to make the level-3 district 1 of only 12 Mississippi school systems to achieve level 5 status. Reading Recovery helped. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education
Scott, Charles L. – American School Board Journal, 1992
During 1989-90, the teachers of a failing innercity Ohio elementary school embarked on a year-long inservice training workshop. They identified character traits associated with a positive outlook toward life, developed course guides in character education for each grade level, and designed activities and strategies to challenge and motivate…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Inservice Education, Scores