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Hong, Guanglei; Gagne, Joshua; West, Andrew – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
This study focuses on assessing the contribution of ELL services to Spanish-speaking students' mathematics learning in elementary schools. ELL students tend to have lower average math achievement at school entry and throughout elementary school. The term "ELL services" encompasses English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programs, bilingual…
Descriptors: Program Length, English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Garrett, Rachel; Hong, Guanglei – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether small group instruction in kindergarten widens or closes the achievement gap in mathematics between EL students and non-EL students. The first objective is to examine whether the impacts of small group instruction on math learning differ between EL kindergartners and their non-EL peers. For…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, English Language Learners, Small Group Instruction
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Hong, Guanglei; Corter, Carl; Hong, Yihua; Pelletier, Janette – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2012
This study challenges the belief that homogeneous ability grouping benefits high-ability students in cognitive and social-emotional development at the expense of their low-ability peers. From a developmental point of view, the authors hypothesize that homogeneous grouping may improve the learning behaviors and may benefit the literacy learning of…
Descriptors: Time on Task, Ability Grouping, Homogeneous Grouping, Kindergarten
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Garrett, Rachel; Hong, Guanglei – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2016
Previous research has indicated benefits and potential pitfalls of within-class homogeneous and heterogeneous ability grouping for elementary math learning. However, there has been scant evidence with regard to the impacts of grouping for language minority kindergartners who may experience the small group setting differentially due to their…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Language Minorities, Time Management
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Hong, Guanglei; Hong, Yihua – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2009
A kindergartner's opportunities to develop reading and language arts skills are constrained by the amount of time allocated to reading instruction. In the meantime, the student's engagement in learning tasks may increase if the instruction has been adapted to his or her prior ability through homogeneous grouping. This study investigates whether…
Descriptors: Homogeneous Grouping, Kindergarten, Inferences, Reading Instruction
Hong, Guanglei; Pelletier, Janette; Hong, Yihua; Corter, Carl – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2010
The purpose of this study is two-fold. Firstly the authors examine, given the amount of time allocated to literacy instruction, whether homogeneous grouping helps improve class manageability over the kindergarten year and whether individual students' externalizing problem behaviors will decrease in tandem. Secondly, they investigate whether the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Homogeneous Grouping, Kindergarten, Literacy Education
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Hong, Guanglei – Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 2010
Defining causal effects as comparisons between marginal population means, this article introduces marginal mean weighting through stratification (MMW-S) to adjust for selection bias in multilevel educational data. The article formally shows the inherent connections among the MMW-S method, propensity score stratification, and…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Scores, Statistical Inference, Homogeneous Grouping