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Balfanz, Robert; Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Byrnes, Vaughan – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2006
This article reports on the first 4 years of an effort to develop comprehensive and sustainable mathematics education reforms in high poverty middle schools. In four related analyses, we examine the levels of implementation achieved and impact of the reforms on various measures of achievement in the first 3 schools to implement the Talent…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Instructional Materials, Talent Development, Mathematics Education
Balfanz, Robert; Legters, Nettie; Jordan, Will – Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk CRESPAR, 2004
Concerns that higher standards and demanding high-stakes tests will disadvantage students who have attended weak, unsuccessful, or under-resourced schools have typically been met with the counter-claim that poorly prepared students will be provided with the extra help and support they need to succeed. Efforts to provide extra help are in their…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Grade 9, Poverty, Talent Development
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Balfanz, Robert; Legters, Nettie; Jordan, Will – NASSP Bulletin, 2004
Little is known about the feasibility and rapidity with which the academic learning of students who enter high school multiple years behind grade level can be accelerated. This study uses multiple regression analyses of standardized test and survey data from high-poverty high schools in two large urban districts to evaluate initial effects of the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Talent Development, Grade 9, High Schools
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Greenes, Carole; Ginsburg, Herbert P.; Balfanz, Robert – Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2004
"Big Math for Little Kids," a comprehensive program for 4- and 5-year-olds, develops and expands on the mathematics that children know and are capable of doing. The program uses activities and stories to develop ideas about number, shape, pattern, logical reasoning, measurement, operations on numbers, and space. The activities introduce the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Young Children, Elementary School Mathematics, Early Childhood Education
Useem, Elizabeth; Balfanz, Robert – Benchmarks, 2002
This report describes "Philadelphia's Grand Experiment" in comprehensive school district reform, from its conception through its initial months of implementation. In 2001, as part of the remedy for low student performance, the governor ordered the state to take over governance of the Philadelphia School District, with a substantial…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Charter Schools, Cooperative Planning
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Balfanz, Robert; Ginsburg, Herbert P.; Greenes, Carole – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2003
Describes the Big Math for Little Kids pre-kindergarten and kindergarten mathematics program. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Program Descriptions
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Balfanz, Robert – Interchange, 1997
Uses historical, state-level schooling data, manufacturing productivity measures, and quantitative research to examine relationships between changes in rate and distribution of public school expenditures, public schooling organization, and state-level economic growth from 1880-1940. Significant effects for per-student spending on school…
Descriptors: Costs, Economic Factors, Educational Economics, Educational History
Balfanz, Robert – 1988
This report considers how the mathematical knowledge children develop on their own outside of formal school instruction can be used to increase the distribution and level of mathematical knowledge attained by students in grades K-3. Included are preliminary results of an investigation of the counting and calculating abilities brought to…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Education
Balfanz, Robert; McPartland, James; Shaw, Alta – 2002
The push for higher academic standards has resulted in an increase in the numbers of high school students needing extra help. The need for extra help is most pervasive in high-poverty areas and most high school students need extra help not in traditional basic elementary skills but in reading, mathematics, and advanced reasoning skills. Most…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Basic Skills, College Bound Students, Critical Thinking
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Balfanz, Robert; McPartland, James; Shaw, Alta – Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, 2002
One of the aims of the standards and accountability movement is to make intellectually demanding course work in high school the norm. Significant progress has been made towards this goal. Expecting all students to engage in and succeed with challenging work in high school, however, places on high schools demands they have not been historically…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Graduation Requirements, Advanced Courses
Legters, Nettie; Balfanz, Robert; McPartland, James – 2002
Promising solutions to the failings of traditional comprehensive high schools were reviewed to identify basic principles and strategies for improving high schools nationwide. Selected research studies, policy documents, and promising high school programs were reviewed. The review revealed the following principles for helping high schools better…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Career Academies, Change Strategies
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Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Ruby, Allen; Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, Vaughan – Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, 2002
Longitudinal case study of reform efforts centering on the Talent Development Middle School model at low-performing, high-poverty middle school in Philadelphia. Finds that student gains in mathematics, science, and reading achievement at subject school exceeded that of students in comparable school. (Contains 19 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Curriculum Design, Educational Change
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Balfanz, Robert; Mac Iver, Doug – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2000
Two developers of the Talent Development Middle School model discuss 10 lessons from implementing, refining, and evaluating this model in 5 high-poverty middle schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and describe obstacles encountered and breakthroughs experienced in developing the knowledge base, materials, and infrastructure of the model. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, High Risk Students, Middle School Students
Legters, Nettie E.; Balfanz, Robert; Jordan, Will J.; McPartland, James M. – 2002
This book offers an alternative to current reform efforts, the talent development approach, detailing organizational, curricular, and instructional strategies that provide practitioners with a blueprint for whole school reform. The book presents the story of what happened in urban high schools when this approach was implemented. There are eight…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Talent Development, Urban Schools
Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Balfanz, Robert; Plank, Stephen B. – 1998
In Talent Development Middle Schools, students needing extra help in mathematics participate in the Computer- and Team-Assisted Mathematics Acceleration (CATAMA) course. CATAMA is an innovative combination of computer-assisted instruction and structured cooperative learning that students receive in addition to their regular math course for about…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Disadvantaged Youth, Grade 7
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