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Gilbert, Marianne C. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study asked the question: Do spiritual factors impact academic achievement? The subjects in this study were all students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11, in Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States and Bermuda, from 2006 to 2008. The compilation of the results of 75 questions as correlated to academic achievement, controlled…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Academic Achievement, Parochial Schools, Religious Cultural Groups
Fincher, Melissa L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a controversial test administration alteration, the read-aloud alteration, in which text (passages and questions) is read aloud to the student on a reading comprehension test. For students whose disabilities impair their skill in decoding text and reading fluently, accessing text to…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Oral Reading, Reading Aloud to Others
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Vitale, Michael R.; Romance, Nancy R. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
A variety of research has pointed to the interdependent linkage among vocabulary knowledge, reading comprehension, and level of literacy. With this point in mind, the present study addressed the question of whether student vocabulary acquisition could be accelerated by using a multi-part, semantic word-family-oriented learning strategy to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Grade 3, Grade 4
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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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Dougherty, Shaun M. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
This paper provides causal evidence to answer the question, "Does the application of a double dose of literacy instruction in middle school improve student performance on subsequent academic outcomes?" The focus of this paper is on an intervention where the second dose of literacy instruction uses research-based instructional strategies,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Charter Schools, Adolescents, Literacy Education
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Kim, James S.; Cooc, North; Quinn, David M. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The problem of summer reading loss among low-income children has been amply documented by researchers. Over time, income-based disparities in reading achievement appear to grow more rapidly during the summer months than the academic school year. This paper describes two experiments in which teachers scaffold summer book reading with two different…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Reading Achievement
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McCoach, D. Betsy; Gubbins, E. Jean; Foreman, Jennifer; Rambo, Karen E.; Rubenstein, Lisa DaVia – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
Although research on the effectiveness of differentiated and enriched instruction in improving the achievement of diverse students is still emerging, some studies suggest that students in academically diverse classrooms benefited academically from differentiated learning experiences. The primary research question explored in this study was…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics
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Hand, Brian; Therrien, William; Shelley, Mack – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The U.S. began a new national standards movement in the area of K-12 science education curriculum reform in the 1980s known as "Science for All" to develop a population that is literate in economic and democratic agendas for a global market focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) (Duschl, 2008). The National…
Descriptors: Science Education, Heuristics, Science Process Skills, Randomized Controlled Trials
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Reeves, Christopher Gonwa; Fostvedt, Luke; Laugerman, Marcia; Baenziger, Joan; Shelley, Mack; Hand, Brian; Therrien, William – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
A key element in science education is establishing and maintaining linkages between teachers and researchers that can eventuate in enhanced student outcomes. Determining when and where a new educational program or intervention results in an enhanced outcome can be sensitive to many different forces that the researcher must carefully manage. The…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Inquiry, Science Education, Student Evaluation
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Middleton, James A.; Leavy, Aisling; Leader, Lars – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
This study investigated the relationship among critical motivational variables and mathematics achievement as middle grades students engaged in a reform-oriented curriculum, "Mathematics in Context." We tested 327 students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade before and after two years of implementation. We performed a path analysis with…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Student Motivation, Middle School Students, Path Analysis
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Gavin, M. Katherine; Casa, Tutita M.; Adelson, Jill L.; Firmender, Janine M. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2013
The primary goal of Project M[superscript 2] was to develop and field-test challenging geometry and measurement units for all K-2 students. This article reports on the achievement results for students in Grade 2 at 12 urban and suburban sites in 4 states using the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) mathematics concepts subtest and an open-response…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometry, Measurement
Coffey, Debra J. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This dissertation uses data from the evaluation of a Striving Readers project to examine the associations between levels of implementation of different components of Scholastic's "READ 180" and student achievement as measured on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) reading assessment. The approach was hierarchical linear modeling using…
Descriptors: Correlation, Program Implementation, Reading Achievement, Achievement Tests
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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
Iowa Department of Education, 2013
The 2013 edition of the "Annual Condition of Education Report" provides a rich tapestry of information about Iowa's education system. The data presented in the report examines longitudinal trends about Iowa's students, teachers, and schools from many perspectives. Information such as demographic characteristics, assessment results,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Enrollment, Kindergarten
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Ardoin, Scott P.; Eckert, Tanya L.; Christ, Theodore J.; White, Mary Jane; Morena, Laura S.; January, Stacy-Ann A.; Hine, Jeffrey F. – School Psychology Review, 2013
Curriculum-based measurement in reading (CBM-R) is a widely used measure for identifying students in need of reading intervention and monitoring their progress. Despite a large base of research supporting the efficacy of CBM-R as a measure of comprehension, critics maintain that CBM-R is little more than a measure of word reading. The current…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Word Lists, Accuracy, Grade 1
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