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Theoharis, George; Causton, Julie; Tracy-Bronson, Chelsea P. – Teachers College Record, 2016
Students identified with disabilities are increasingly being educated with the assistance of support services within heterogeneous (i.e., general education) classrooms (United States Department of Education, 2011). Yet, in this era of high stakes accountability, students are labeled, sorted, and differentially treated according to their academic…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Accountability
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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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Wahleithner, Juliet Michelsen – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background: Numerous reports have highlighted problems with writing instruction in American schools, yet few examine the interplay of teachers' preparation to teach writing, the instructional policies they must navigate, and the writing development of the students in their classrooms. Purpose: This study examines high school English teachers'…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Writing Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Statistical Analysis
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Murphy, Joseph – Teachers College Record, 2016
The narrative in this chapter runs as follows. As the political, social, and economic environments that surround the American high school undergo seismic shifts, they create new forms of secondary education. We report that the environmental conditions between 1890 and 1920 were such that most of the pillars that anchored the American high school…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Change
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Smith, Thomas M.; Preston, Courtney; Haynes, Katherine Taylor; Booker, Laura Neergaard – Teachers College Record, 2015
Background/Context: High schools are under increasing pressure to move beyond just graduating students, and many high schools today continue to have low rates of student retention and learning, particularly for students from traditionally low-performing subgroups. Differential dropout rates, wherein low-income students, minorities, and English…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Low Achievement, High Achievement
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Castro-Villarreal, Felicia; Nichols, Sharon L. – Teachers College Record, 2016
High-stakes testing accountability has wreaked havoc on America's public schools. Since the passage of NCLB in 2001, virtually every public school student has experienced the pressures of preparing for, practicing, and taking standardized state exams, the results of which have had significant consequences for their schools, teachers, and…
Descriptors: Accountability, Special Education, Social Justice, Educational Policy
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Auerbach, Susan; Collier, Shartriya – Teachers College Record, 2012
Background/Context: As accountability pressures have mounted toward ever-higher targets under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, low-achieving schools have sought new tools for raising achievement. The association between parent involvement and student achievement is well established, though the association is an indirect relationship mediated…
Descriptors: Accountability, Immigrants, Reading Skills, Family Literacy
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Mitani, Hajime – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background/Context: The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was a performance-based accountability policy designed to motivate educators and administrators to change their behaviors and improve school and student outcomes. The simple logic behind this accountability policy was that they would change their behaviors to avoid sanctions. Many studies…
Descriptors: Principals, Labor Turnover, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Marx, Ronald W. – Teachers College Record, 2014
Background: Educational reform responds to local and national pressures to improve educational outcomes, and reform efforts cycle as similar pressures recur. Currently, reform efforts focus on teachers, even though confidence in a host of American social institutions is dropping. One of the most widespread reforms regarding teachers is the…
Descriptors: State Policy, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness
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Aronson, Brittany; Murphy, Kristin M.; Saultz, Andrew – Teachers College Record, 2016
A 2011 report by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed a widespread cheating scandal among teachers, principals, and administrators in the Atlanta Public School system (APS) from 2009-2011. To date, it is the largest cheating scandal of its kind in the United States. The vast public investigation of this scandal provides an…
Descriptors: Accountability, Special Education, Educational Practices, Cheating
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Salloum, Serena J.; Goddard, Roger D.; Larsen, Ross – Teachers College Record, 2017
Background: Schools face pressure to promote equitable student outcomes as the achievement gap continues to persist. The authors examine different ways in which social capital has been conceptualized as well as prior theory and research on its formation and consequences. While some theoretical and empirical work conceptualizes social capital as a…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Academic Achievement, Correlation, High School Students
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Firestone, William A.; Mayrowetz, David – Teachers College Record, 2000
Some of the six themes about high stakes testing, based on English, Welsh, and American research, include: not all stakes are perceived as equally high; pressure to respond to tests comes from more than formal stakes; external pressure is useful for changing content taught; and external pressure is less effective in changing instructional strategy…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Roda, Allison – Teachers College Record, 2017
Background/Context: This work contributes to the growing body of scholarly and popular literature on middle-class parental anxiety and competition to ensure their children's academic success. Specifically, this study provides a better understanding of the measures parents will take to obtain high status gifted and talented (G&T) placements…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, School Choice, Preferences, Child Rearing
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Martin, Peter Clyde – Teachers College Record, 2016
The article presents a longitudinal study of an urban charter middle school to examine the impact testing pressures can have on the education of students with disabilities and English language learners, and how this may lead to a narrowing of the content they are taught. The study examines various sources of data, including the school's evolving…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Longitudinal Studies
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Heilig, Julian Vasquez – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/Context: The prevailing theory of action underlying No Child Left Behind's high-stakes testing and accountability ratings is that schools and students held accountable to these measures will automatically increase educational output as educators try harder, schools will adopt more effective methods, and students will learn more. In…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Minimum Competency Testing, High Stakes Tests, Grade Repetition
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