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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
West, Thomas C. – Montgomery County Public Schools, 2013
Each school year, roughly a thousand students drop out of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS). However, unlike other large, urban school districts where students who drop out skip school and are suspended often (Balfanz & Byrnes, 2010), students who drop out of MCPS are present in school; they just are not doing well…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Potential Dropouts
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This study examined the effectiveness of an intervention designed to reduce rates of chronic student absenteeism in New York City public schools. The study authors reported that schools participating in the intervention experienced greater reductions in rates of student chronic absenteeism than the comparison schools. Students who attended the…
Descriptors: Attendance, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Intervention
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Rogers, Todd; Wolford, Tonya; Reitano, Adrienne; Feller, Avi; Subramanyam, Shruthi; Ternovski, John – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
While the adjusted cohort graduation rate of students in the United States has reached 80 percent during the 2011-12 school year (Stetser & Stillwell, 2014), in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) only 57% of its students graduate from high school in four years, which is typical of large urban school districts (Swanson, 2009). Moreover,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Partnerships in Education, Randomized Controlled Trials, Attendance
Coleman, Julianne – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Students must leave high school with a diploma in order to compete in the global economy. However, many students enter high school lacking the academic skills needed to be successful and are not engaged in the educational process. Ninth grade represents one of the last opportunities that educators have to address these problems. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, At Risk Students, Grade 9, Models
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The 2013 study, "Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities", examined the impact of the strategies developed by an interagency task force in New York City to combat chronic absenteeism in…
Descriptors: Attendance, Intervention, Public Schools, Mentors
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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
Mundy, Alma Christienne – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The purpose of this mixed method study is to explain the ecology Black males experience as they transition from elementary school to middle school in terms of behavior. The Black male graduation rate is well below 50% nationally (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004; Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2010). Graduating from high school…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, African American Students, Males, Elementary School Students
Daniel, Vivian Summerour – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this within-group experimental study was to find out to what extent ninth-grade students improved their science performance beyond their middle school science performance at one Georgia high school utilizing a freshman academy model. Freshman academies have been recognized as a useful tool for increasing academic performance among…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Educational Change
Losen, Daniel J.; Keith, Michael A., II; Hodson, Cheri L.; Martinez, Tia E. – Civil Rights Project - Proyecto Derechos Civiles, 2016
This report, along with the companion spreadsheet, provides the first comprehensive description ever compiled of charter school discipline. In 2011-12, every one of the nation's 95,000 public schools was required to report its school discipline data, including charter schools. This analysis, which includes more than 5,250 charter schools, focuses…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Civil Rights, Discipline, Secondary 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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Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Balfanz, Robert; Plank, Stephan B. – Research in Middle Level Education Quarterly, 1999
Two studies evaluated the Computer- and Team-Assisted Mathematics Acceleration course (CATAMA) in Talent Development Middle Schools. The first study compared growth in math achievement for 96 seventh-graders (48 of whom participated in CATAMA and 48 of whom did not); the second study gathered data from interviews with, and observations of, CATAMA…
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Disadvantaged Youth
Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Plank, Stephen B.; Balfanz, Robert – 1997
The Talent Development Model of Middle School Reform includes a "Student Team Literature" (STL) program that relies on: (1) curricular materials designed to assist students to study great literature; (2) recommended instructional practices, peer assistance processes, and assessments; and (3) staff development, mentoring, and advising to…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Helping Relationship
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