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Swanson, Christopher B.; Stevenson, David Lee – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2002
Developed an empirical strategy for studying broad-based educational change using quantitative methods and an extensive database consisting of state policy indicators and data on schools and classrooms from states participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Results of a Rasch analysis indicate that patterns of state policy…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Item Response Theory
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Stevenson, David Lee; And Others – Sociology of Education, 1994
Asserts that students' opportunities to learn subjects can be organized into sequences that span grades and schools. Examines national patterns in opportunities for learning mathematics and science from grade 8 to grade 10. Finds that the level of mathematics in grade 8 is closely related to that taken in high school, but this is not true of…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Access to Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Opportunities
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Stevenson, David Lee; Schiller, Kathryn S. – American Journal of Education, 1999
Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Schools, researchers examined the relationship between three state policies (graduation requirements, test score dissemination, and site-based management) and changes in school practices between 1980-93. Results indicate that state policies influenced school practices in policy specific domains,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements, Information Dissemination