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McFarland, Joel; Hussar, Bill; Zhang, Jijun; Wang, Xiaolei; Wang, Ke; Hein, Sarah; Diliberti, Melissa; Cataldi, Emily Forrest; Mann, Farrah Bullock; Barmer, Amy – National Center for Education Statistics, 2019
The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2019 Condition of Education report presents 48 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics
Skinner, Rebecca R. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
Assessing the achievement of students in elementary and secondary schools and the nation's educational progress is fundamental to informing education policy approaches. Congressional interest in this area includes and extends beyond the annual assessments administered by states to comply with the educational accountability requirements of Title…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests
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McFarland, Joel; Hussar, Bill; de Brey, Cristobal; Snyder, Tom; Wang, Xiaolei; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Gebrekristos, Semhar; Zhang, Jijun; Rathbun, Amy; Barmer, Amy; Bullock Mann, Farrah; Hinz, Serena – National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
"The Condition of Education 2017" is a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing the latest data on education in the United States. This report is designed to help policymakers and the public monitor educational progress. This year's report includes 50 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education
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Kena, Grace; Musu-Gillette, Lauren; Robinson, Jennifer; Wang, Xiaolei; Rathbun, Amy; Zhang, Jijun; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Barmer, Amy; Velez, Erin Dunlop Velez – National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
The U.S. Congress has mandated that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) produce an annual┬áreport to help inform policymakers about the progress of education in the United States. Using data from across the center and from other sources of education data, "The Condition of Education 2015" presents 42 key indicators on…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Trend Analysis, Educational Attainment, Student Characteristics
Phillips, Gary W. – American Institutes for Research, 2014
This report uses international benchmarking as a common metric to examine and compare what students are expected to learn in some states with what students are expected to learn in other states. The performance standards in each state were compared with the international benchmarks used in two international assessments, and it was assumed that…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Benchmarking, Comparative Analysis
Yuan, Kun; Le, Vi-Nhuan – RAND Corporation, 2014
In 2010, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Education Program has established the Deeper Learning Initiative, which focuses on students' development of deeper learning skills (i.e., the mastery of core academic content, critical-thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and "learn-how-to-learn" skills). Two test…
Descriptors: Test Items, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Skill Development
Loney, Emily – Hunt Institute, 2014
Innovation and ingenuity have long been hallmarks of the U.S.' economy. Our competitive strength is built on the legacy of great innovators--from Alexander Graham Bell and Lewis Latimer to the Wright brothers and Steve Jobs. The U.S. has prized its status as a leader in developing creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, but by many estimates, it is…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Context Effect
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Kena, Grace; Aud, Susan; Johnson, Frank; Wang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Jijun; Rathbun, Amy; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Kristapovich, Paul – National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
To help inform policymakers and the public about the progress of education in the United States, Congress has mandated that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) produce an annual report, "The Condition of Education." This year's report presents 42 indicators on important topics and trends in U.S. education. These…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Trend Analysis, Educational Attainment, Student Characteristics
Kieffer, Michael J.; Rivera, Mabel; Francis, David J. – Center on Instruction, 2012
This report presents results from a new quantitative synthesis of research on the effectiveness and validity of test accommodations for English language learners (ELLs) taking large-scale assessments. In 2006, the Center on Instruction published a review of the literature on test accommodations for ELLs titled "Practical Guidelines for the…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, English Language Learners, Evidence, Meta Analysis
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2012
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) House Appropriations Subcommittee Sharpens Budget Knife: Subcommittee's Bill Would Cut Education Programs by $1.1…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support
Eck, James H.; Bellamy, G. Thomas; Schaffer, Eugene; Stringfield, Sam; Reynolds, David – Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2011
The authors of this monograph assert that by assisting school systems to more closely resemble "high reliability" organizations (HROs) that already exist in other industries and benchmarking against top-performing education systems from around the globe, America's school systems can transform themselves from compliance-driven…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Commercialization
Clarke, Marguerite – World Bank, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to help countries understand some of the "key principles and characteristics of an effective student assessment system". The focus is on assessment of student learning and achievement at the K-12 level. The paper extracts principles and guidelines from countries' experiences, professional testing standards,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
Jones, Rebecca – American School Board Journal, 1998
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows U.S. 4th graders scoring above the international average in both math and science, 8th graders slipping in both subjects, and 12th graders scoring at or near the bottom. Research indicates high expectations, a focused curriculum, better-prepared teachers, and balanced instruction…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 12
Schmidt, William H. – Prospects, 1992
Uses three methods to analyze the intended curriculum in countries participating in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Explains the use of Topic Trace Mapping as a tool to examine the issue of depth versus breadth in the curriculum. Includes three figures illustrating the results of Topic Trace Mapping. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Curriculum Evaluation
Chabran, Melissa; LeTendre, Mary Jean – American School Board Journal, 1998
Results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) illustrate the urgency of strengthening mathematics education. School leaders can determine whether more of Title I funds should be shifted to mathematics programs. Title I can be a key resource for raising expectations for students, professional development, and the use of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid
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