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Reynolds, Betty Gulin – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent digital portfolios would affect mathematics achievement, attitudes, and self-perceptions of themselves as mathematics learners of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students. The study analyzed the effect of digital portfolios on the students' performance on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Attitudes, Portfolio Assessment, Measures (Individuals)
Witcher, Melissa; Feng, Jay – Online Submission, 2010
Current educational reform in K-12 schools in this nation is much driven by the No Child Left Behind Act. One central goal of NCLB is to "bring all students (including special education children) up to grade level in reading and math, to close the achievement gap and to hold schools accountable for results"(ed.gov). Varied innovative…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 5, Mathematics Achievement
Kurt, Johnny T. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this pretest-posttest comparative efficacy study was to analyze factors affecting literacy achievement of eighth grade middle school instrumental music students (n = 38) including (a) socioeconomic status (SES), (b) gender, (c) grade point average (GPA), (d) music motivation, (e) music involvement, and (f) instrument section. The…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Middle School Students, Literacy, Academic Achievement
Herrick, Christopher J. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this exploratory two-group pretest-posttest comparative survey study was to determine the effect of a team adviser-advisee academic, behavior, and character mentoring program on the achievement, school engagement, and behavior outcomes of eighth grade students determined to be above (n = 21) and below (n = 15) eligibility guidelines…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Core Curriculum, Mentors, Discipline
Center on Education Policy, 2010
This paper profiles the student subgroup achievement and gap trends in Iowa for 2010. In grade 8 (the only grade in which subgroup trends were analyzed by achievement level), Iowa had data for racial/ethnic subgroups, low income students, and boys and girls at the proficient and advanced levels. Trends at the proficient and advanced levels were…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Achievement Gains, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Wilson, Sheryl Marie – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is used in the Cahokia Unit School District No. 187 to give insight on student academic skill level in terms of years and months. Teacher strategies and expertise in the area of education are an integral part of the educational process. Tenure status, or the years of teaching experience, is plagued with the…
Descriptors: Expertise, Tenure, Focus Groups, Academic Achievement
Kawasha, Fridah Singongi Silishebo – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this case study was to (a) examine the main and interaction effects of gender, race and class-type on mathematics achievement, mathematics attitudes and sources of mathematics self-efficacy, (b) investigate teacher-student interactions in the single-sex mathematics classes and (c) investigate perspectives about single-sex…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Mathematics Achievement, Interaction, Statistical Analysis
Sedere, Upali M. – Online Submission, 2010
Stress is simply the body's response to changes that create taxing demands. When one cannot cope with it, these cause distresses. Stress is not always bad. The manageable stress motivates individuals to achieve what he/she wishes to achieve. When one can cope with stress it is called "eustress" which is good. Education in many countries…
Descriptors: Failure, Fear, Anxiety, Stress Management
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Tong, Ye; Kolen, Michael J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2010
"Scaling" is the process of constructing a score scale that associates numbers or other ordered indicators with the performance of examinees. Scaling typically is conducted to aid users in interpreting test results. This module describes different types of raw scores and scale scores, illustrates how to incorporate various sources of…
Descriptors: Test Results, Scaling, Measures (Individuals), Raw Scores
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Mokhtari, Kouider; Hutchison, Amy C.; Edwards, Patricia A. – Reading Teacher, 2010
In this article, the authors suggest that many of the problems struggling readers encounter while reading stem from distinct yet fundamental sources of difficulty related to the types of text read (print or online), the task or activity readers engage in, and the sociocultural context of reading. The authors further argue that although these…
Descriptors: Tutors, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reading Difficulties
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Valencia, Sheila W.; Smith, Antony T.; Reece, Anne M.; Li, Min; Wixson, Karen K.; Newman, Heather – Reading Research Quarterly, 2010
This study investigated multiple models for assessing oral reading fluency, including 1-minute oral reading measures that produce scores reported as words correct per minute (wcpm). We compared a measure of wcpm with measures of the individual and combined indicators of oral reading fluency (rate, accuracy, prosody, and comprehension) to examine…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Tests, Test Validity
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Carlisle, Joanne F.; Cortina, Kai S.; Zeng, Ji – Journal of Literacy Research, 2010
The purpose of this article is to examine whether there were improvements in the percentage of first-, second-, and third-grade students in Reading First (RF) schools in Michigan who performed at or above grade level on a standardized test of reading comprehension. The study reports results for 140 schools that participated in the RF initiative…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Poverty, Teacher Persistence, Reading Achievement
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Powell, Sarah R.; Fuchs, Lynn S. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2010
Elementary school students often misinterpret the equal sign (=) as an operational rather than a relational symbol. Such misunderstanding is problematic because solving equations with missing numbers may be important for the development of higher order mathematics skills, including solving word problems. Research indicates equal-sign instruction…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Skills, Equations (Mathematics)
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Taylor, Carolyn; Lafayette, Robert – Modern Language Journal, 2010
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 established foreign languages as a core curricular content area; however, instructional emphasis continues to be placed on curricular areas that factor into state educational accountability programs. The present study explored whether foreign language study of first-year Grade 3 foreign language students who…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Assessment, Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning
Gozali-Lee, Edith – Wilder Research, 2010
This report describes New City Charter School student achievement in the 2008-09 school year, the school's sixth operating year. The number of students enrolled in the school was 125, an increase from 60 students enrolled the first year of the school. Student academic achievement is measured using the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Mathematics Achievement
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