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Holme, Jennifer Jellison; Carkhum, Rian; Rangel, Virginia Snodgrass – Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, 2013
Over the past several decades, policymakers have sought to address the problem of school failure by exposing traditional public schools to competitive market forces. In this analysis, we examine how two traditional public schools in a "high pressure/high choice" urban school cluster in Texas responded to a number of overlapping choice…
Descriptors: School Choice, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Traditional Schools
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Aidman, Barry; Long, Tanya Alyson – Leadership and Research in Education, 2017
Educational leaders work in increasingly complex, high pressure environments with people who have diverse backgrounds, interests, and goals. To be effective, these leaders must understand the dynamic process of creating and managing culture and change. Stories have the potential to influence culture and to help people connect, develop genuine…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Transformational Leadership, Story Telling, Educational Change
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Mitchell, Anthony J.; Shoho, Alan R. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2017
This study sought to determine if there was a relationship between teacher perceptions of educational change and student achievement. Teacher perceptions of change represented the independent variable and the dependent variable consisted of eleventh grade math Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills scores, cohort completion rates, and math…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
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Palmer, Deborah; Henderson, Kathryn; Wall, Dorothy; Zúñiga, Christian E.; Berthelsen, Stefan – Language Policy, 2016
This article documents and interrogates top-down district-wide implementation of a two-way dual language bilingual education (DLBE) program in a large urban district. We carried out a language policy ethnography to explore the way two schools' teams of third grade teachers worked together to negotiate the intersection of DLBE implementation and…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Language Planning, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development
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Holme, Jennifer Jellison – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background: Over the past several decades, a significant number of states have either adopted or increased high school exit examination requirements. Although these policies are intended to generate improvement in schools, little is known about how high schools are responding to exit testing pressures. Purpose: This study examined how five…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, Graduation Requirements, Low Achievement, High Schools
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Holme, Jennifer Jellison; Rangel, Virginia Snodgrass – American Educational Research Journal, 2012
For decades, policymakers and researchers have struggled to understand the reasons that schools in disadvantaged contexts have relatively more trouble responding successfully to reform demands. This analysis extends theory regarding the challenges of school change in disadvantaged contexts by illustrating how the internal resources that schools…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Human Geography, Disadvantaged Schools, Poverty
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Wall, Dorothy J.; Hurie, Andrew H. – Language and Education, 2017
Pre-service teachers need support in developing their teacher identities as they navigate the uncertain and complex terrain of student teaching and face the pressures of high-stakes accountability. This support is particularly important for bilingual pre-service teachers as they negotiate the many complexities of the bilingual classroom, and as…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Observation
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Welton, Anjale; Williams, Montrischa – High School Journal, 2015
Currently school reform discourse encourages states to adopt college readiness standards. Meanwhile, federal and state accountability and related mandated reforms remain a policy concern. As such, it is important to examine the interplay between accountability and the establishment of a college-going culture in high "minority", high…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Readiness, College Bound Students, High School Students
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Jennings, Jennifer; Sohn, Heeju – Sociology of Education, 2014
How do proficiency-based accountability systems affect inequality in academic achievement? This article reconciles mixed findings in the literature by demonstrating that three factors jointly determine accountability's impact. First, by analyzing student-level data from a large urban school district, we find that when educators face accountability…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, High Stakes Tests, Standards
Lyons, Guy Kevin – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Students face many challenges in the transition to high school. From pressures of high-stakes testing for graduation to transitioning to the high school environment, many diversions can delay or even stop a student's path to graduation. Ninth-grade students are at a pivotal point in their educational careers, and a successful transition to high…
Descriptors: Grade 9, High School Students, Student Needs, Graduation Rate
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Palmer, Deborah; Rangel, Virginia Snodgrass – Educational Policy, 2011
This article contributes to an emerging body of literature on the impact of high stakes testing accountability policies on implementation and teaching practice. It uses a theory of implementation, sense-making, to highlight the process by which policy and context shape teacher decision making. We focus on teachers in bilingual classrooms in an…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, High Stakes Tests, Decision Making, Accountability
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Cohen-Vogel, Lora; Little, Michael; Fierro, Christine – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2019
Recent research has demonstrated that elementary school leaders, under pressure to meet benchmarks set by state and federal governments, have begun "staffing to the test," moving to tested grades and subjects teachers whose previous students made substantive learning gains. This is particularly true in lower-performing schools or schools…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Achievement, Teacher Selection, Teacher Evaluation
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Nichols, Sharon L.; Glass, Gene V.; Berliner, David C. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2006
This study examined the relationship between high-stakes testing pressure and student achievement across 25 states. Standardized portfolios were created for each study state. Each portfolio contained a range of documents that told the "story" of accountability implementation and impact in that state. Using the "law of comparative…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Reading Achievement, Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests
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Rigby, Brandon R.; Papadakis, Zacharias; Bane, Annie A.; Park, Jin K.; Grandjean, Peter W. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of cardiorespiratory and pelvic kinematic responses to simulated horseback riding (SHBR) and to characterize responses to SHBR relative to walking in apparently healthy children. Method: Fifteen healthy children (Mage = 9.5 ± 2.6 years) completed SHBR on a commercially available…
Descriptors: Biomechanics, Metabolism, Recreational Activities, Horses
Ng, Hui Leng – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Standardized-test scores are increasingly important indicators of school success. But how robust are school-performance ratings when they are based on measures derived from these scores? In my thesis, using data from Houston Independent School District (HISD) and New York State (NYS), I examined the robustness of school-performance ratings across…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, Robustness (Statistics), Academic Achievement
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