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Bush, M. Joan; Johnstone, Whitcomb G. – 2000
This paper examines the implementation of an alternate block (A/B) schedule in three high schools in Irving, Texas. The purpose is to review how time was used in 48 randomly selected high school Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 2, and U.S. History classes. Of the 48 classes, 12 observations were conducted for each course. The findings revealed a…
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Classroom Techniques, Educational Environment, Educational Practices
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Shapley, Kelly S.; Bush, M. Joan – Applied Measurement in Education, 1999
Examined the validity and reliability of the 1995-96 reading/language arts portfolio assessment developed in the Dallas (Texas) public schools for prekindergarten through second grade. Ratings by 42 teachers show that portfolio contents do not provide a valid sample of student work and the assessment reliability is low. (SLD)
Descriptors: Language Arts, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Primary Education
Canales, JoAnn; Bush, M. Joan – 1992
An at-risk profile instrument was developed for identification and service delivery for high risk students to identify students in a timely manner so that intervention could occur on a proactive, rather than reactive, basis; and to assist school district personnel to implement, monitor, and modify programmatic and staffing patterns to best meet…
Descriptors: Charts, Delivery Systems, Dropout Prevention, Economically Disadvantaged
Bush, M. Joan; Schumacker, Randall E. – 1993
The feasibility of quick norms derived by the procedure described by B. D. Wright and M. H. Stone (1979) was investigated. Norming differences between traditionally calculated means and Rasch "quick" means were examined for simulated data sets of varying sample size, test length, and type of distribution. A 5 by 5 by 2 design with a…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Item Response Theory, Norm Referenced Tests, Sample Size
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Bush, M. Joan; Wilson, Connie S. – Educational Leadership, 1997
In summer 1995, Dallas Public Schools formed a partnership with a primary care system and a mental health agency. The result was the opening of nine youth and family centers located on or near school campuses. Services are designed to promote academic success, resiliency, and self-sufficiency. By offering families and students needed support, the…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs
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Smith, Richard M.; Schumacker, Randall E.; Bush, M. Joan – Journal of Outcome Measurement, 1998
Using item mean squares to evaluate fit to the Rasch model was studied, also considering the transformed version of the item fit statistics. Simulations demonstrate that the critical value for the mean square used to detect misfit is affected by the type of mean square and the number of persons in the calibration. (SLD)
Descriptors: Goodness of Fit, Item Response Theory, Simulation, Test Items