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Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
Researchers have found that middle school students undergo developmental changes that require unique educational structures and support. As a result, experts have suggested a number of specific strategies for organizing middle schools in order to best meet students' needs. This Information Capsule summarizes middle school redesign initiatives that…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Educational Environment, Educational Change
Master, Benjamin; Loeb, Susanna; Wyckoff, James – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2017
Evidence that teachers' short-term instructional effects persist over time and predict substantial long-run impacts on students' lives provides much of the impetus for a wide range of educational reforms focused on identifying and responding to differences in teachers' value-added to student learning. However, relatively little research has…
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Value Added Models
Blagg, Kristin – Urban Institute, 2016
Many US education reform efforts focus on student performance in large, urban school districts. The National Assessment of Educational Progress's Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) program provides data on student achievement in these districts, but differences in student characteristics complicate comparisons of district performance. I use…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Change
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Betts, Julian R.; Tang, Y. Emily – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Charter schools represent an increasingly important form of school choice in the United States. Charter schools are public schools, with a difference. Compared to traditional public schools, they are exempted from some of the state laws and regulations that govern traditional public schools. In this way, parents come to have a greater number of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Methods, Meta Analysis, Value Added Models
Boser, Ulrich; Baffour, Perpetual; Vela, Steph – Center for American Progress, 2016
In many ways standards-based school reform is at a crossroads. On one side, the movement has made tremendous strides. The Common Core State Standards Initiative, known simply as Common Core, is now strongly established in more than 40 states. Many teachers believe that the new, higher academic standards have helped them improve instruction. And,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Common Core State Standards, National Competency Tests, Outcomes of Education
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Steinberg, Matthew P.; Garrett, Rachel – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2016
As states and districts implement more rigorous teacher evaluation systems, measures of teacher performance are increasingly being used to support instruction and inform retention decisions. Classroom observations take a central role in these systems, accounting for the majority of teacher ratings upon which accountability decisions are based.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Teacher Evaluation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Observation
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Wallace, Tanner LeBaron; Kelcey, Benjamin; Ruzek, Erik – American Educational Research Journal, 2016
We conducted a theory-based analysis of the underlying structure of the Tripod student perception survey instrument using the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) database (N = 1,049 middle school math class sections; N = 25,423 students). Multilevel item factor analyses suggested that an alternative bifactor structure best fit the Tripod items,…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Teacher Effectiveness, Theories
Meredith, Julie; Anderson, Leslie M. – Policy Studies Associates, Inc., 2015
City Year is a learning organization committed to the rigorous evaluation of its "Whole School Whole Child" model, which trains and deploys teams of AmeriCorps members to low-performing, urban schools to empower more students to reach their full potential. A third-party study by Policy Studies Associates (PSA) examined the impact of…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Standardized Tests