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Neild, Ruth Curran; Wilson, Sandra Jo; McClanahan, Wendy – Research for Action, 2019
This evidence guide provides detailed research summaries on the effectiveness of specific afterschool programs for improving outcomes for students in grades K-12. The purpose of the guide is to present information that education agencies, afterschool providers, and others can use as they make decisions about afterschool programming. The guide is a…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, After School Programs
Norton, Michael; Kim, Dae Y.; Long, Daniel A. – Research for Action, 2016
Research for Action (RFA) was commissioned to evaluate changes in student outcomes during the first three years of the Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (LIFT). This report focuses on two questions: (1) how do LIFT students' behavioral and academic performance compare to those of a matched set of non-LIFT comparison students?;…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Program Implementation, Academic Achievement, Student Behavior
Kraft, Matthew A.; Marinell, William H.; Yee, Darrick – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
We study the relationship between school organizational contexts, teacher turnover, and student achievement in New York City (NYC) middle schools. Using factor analysis, we construct measures of four distinct dimensions of school contexts captured on the annual NYC School Survey. We identify credible estimates by isolating variation in…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Academic Achievement, School Organization, Educational Environment
Corcoran, Sean P.; Baker-Smith, Christine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2015
New York City's elite public specialized high schools have a long history of offering a rigorous college preparatory education to the City's most academically talented students. Though immensely popular and highly selective, their policy of admitting students on the basis of a single entrance exam has been heavily criticized. Many argue, for…
Descriptors: High Schools, Urban Schools, Special Schools, Gifted
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de la Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
There is a very large population of students who struggle with the transition from the middle grades to high school, raising concerns that high school failures are partially a function of poor middle grade preparation. As a result, middle grade practitioners are grappling with questions about what skills students need to succeed in high school,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Readiness, Academic Failure, Middle School Teachers
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de La Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
The transition from eighth grade to high school results in a substantial drop in course performance for many students. These declines in performance lead students to fall off-track for obtaining high school and college degrees. By using data on students' middle grade performance, high school staff can set goals for their students to help them meet…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Grade 8, Grade 9
Connolly, Faith; Olson, Linda S.; Durham, Rachel E.; Plank, Stephen B. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
This report compares high school indicators of college readiness for the Baltimore City Schools Class of 2011 with actual readiness as determined by Maryland colleges. Each Maryland college determines its own criteria for entering credit bearing courses or taking developmental courses. As a result, findings are reported separately by college…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Educational Indicators, Readiness, Urban Schools
Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The Ingenuity program was designed to "provide Baltimore's brightest middle school students with a free, highly accelerated, and challenging mathematics and science curriculum" (Ingenuity Project, 2014). It started in 1993 at two middle schools, one on the east side of Baltimore and the second on the west, but as of SY 2014-15 the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Acceleration (Education)
Norton, Michael; Piccinino, Kelly – Research for Action, 2014
Research for Action (RFA) has completed its second year of a five-year external evaluation of the Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (LIFT) Initiative in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS). Project LIFT is a public-private partnership between CMS and the local philanthropic and business communities in Charlotte,…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Program Implementation, Academic Achievement, Student Behavior
McClanahan, Wendy S.; Gao, Jian; Sanders, Felcia – Research For Action, 2013
Community schools are an approach that has been adopted to respond to this educational crisis. By partnering with local agencies, community schools provide students and families with access to healthcare services, educational enhancement and recreational opportunities, family economic supports such as workforce development and income tax…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Middle School Students, Student Participation, Student Experience