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Muijselaar, Marloes M. L.; Kendeou, Panayiota; de Jong, Peter F.; van den Broek, Paul W. – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2017
In this study, we identified the code-related (decoding, fluency) and language comprehension (vocabulary, listening comprehension) demands of the CBM-Maze test, a formative assessment, and compared them to those of the Gates-MacGinitie test, a standardized summative assessment. The demands of these reading comprehension tests and their…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, Cloze Procedure, Reading Tests, Reading Comprehension
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Dooley, T. Price; Schreckhise, William D. – Youth & Society, 2016
This study evaluates the Youth Development Program (YDP), a component of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). We examine whether the YDP reduced dropout rates among youth in secondary schools in seven school districts in the impoverished Mississippi River Delta in southeast Arkansas. Initially, the program seems to have an impact. Students…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Dropouts, Dropout Rate, Comparative Analysis
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Warne, Russell T. – Gifted Child Quarterly, 2014
Above-level testing is the practice of administering aptitude or academic achievement tests that are designed for typical students in higher grades or older age-groups to gifted or high-achieving students. Although widely accepted in gifted education, above-level testing has not been subject to careful psychometric scrutiny. In this study, I…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Middle School Students, Longitudinal Studies, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Allensworth, Elaine – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2013
Chicago has been in the forefront of the country in its use of 9th-grade indicators of dropout. Catalyzed by the development of the freshman on-track indicator and research around it, Chicago school administrators, central office personnel, and external partners have developed a number of mechanisms using 9th-grade indicators to stimulate school…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Areas, Low Achievement, Grade 9
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Nomi, Takako; Allensworth, Elaine M. – American Educational Research Journal, 2013
In 2003, Chicago schools required students entering ninth grade with below-average math scores to take two periods of algebra. This led to higher test scores for students with both above- and below-average skills, yet failure rates increased for above-average students. We examine the mechanisms behind these surprising results. Sorting by incoming…
Descriptors: Scores, Grade 9, Algebra, Secondary School Mathematics
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Cortes, Kalena; Goodman, Joshua; Nomi, Takako – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The purpose of this research is to study the long-run impacts (i.e. on educational attainment) of a freshman math intervention called "double-dose algebra". The intervention was conducted in 2003 and 2004 within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a large, poor urban school district. In response to low passing rates in 9th grade algebra,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematics Achievement, High School Freshmen
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Nomi, Takako – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2012
In 1997, Chicago implemented a policy that required algebra for all ninth-grade students, eliminating all remedial coursework. This policy increased opportunities to take algebra for low-skill students who had previously enrolled in remedial math. However, little is known about how schools respond to the policy in terms of organizing math…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Algebra
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Thayer, Jerome; Kido, Elissa – Journal of Research on Christian Education, 2012
CognitiveGenesis collected achievement and ability test data from 2006-2009 for all students in Seventh-day Adventist schools in North America. Students were above average in achievement compared to national norms and achieved above that predicted by their ability scores. The more years students attended Adventist schools, the higher they…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Academic Achievement, Parochial Schools, Religious Cultural Groups
Lesnick, Joy; Goerge, Robert M.; Smithgall, Cheryl; Gwynne, Julia – Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2010
Learning to read is one of the most important skills in modern society. Not only does reading serve as the major foundational skill for school-based learning, but reading ability is strongly related to opportunities for academic and vocational success. For children, a critical transition takes place during elementary school: until the end of third…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Reading Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Gagne, Francoys – Gifted Child Quarterly, 2005
This article analyzes the magnitude of individual differences in academic achievement and their growth over the first 9 years of schooling. The author anchors the widening-gap phenomenon on the theoretical recognition of large individual differences in learning pace, which logically leads over time to an increasing gap in knowledge and skills…
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Grade 1, Norms, Achievement Tests