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Rolfhus, Eric; Cook, Gary; Brite, Jessica L.; Hartman, Jenifer – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (NJ1), 2010
This study compares alignment of the ACT and the American Diploma Project (ADP) national college readiness standards sets with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English language arts and reading (TEKS ELAR) standards for grades 9-12 and analyzes their cognitive complexity. It finds that a majority of the content in the ACT and ADP…
Descriptors: English, Language Arts, Reading, Academic Standards
Fletcher, Carla; Fernandez, Chris; Klepfer, Kasey; Wartel, Max – Trellis Company, 2018
The State of Student Aid and Higher Education in Texas (SOSA) annual report from Trellis Research provides information helpful in informing policy and programs for higher education student financial aid. The report serves as a reference for colleges, universities, and policymakers, and provides a comparison of Texas state and federal student aid…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Higher Education, Enrollment, College Preparation
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Ingels, Steven J.; Dalton, Ben; Holder, Tommy E., Jr.; Lauff, Erich; Burns, Laura J. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2011
This First Look presents findings from the base-year survey of the newly launched High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), the first round of a study that will follow a ninth-grade cohort through high school and into their postsecondary years. HSLS:09 is the fifth in a series of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) high school…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Grade 9, High School Students, Student Characteristics
Houston Independent School District, 2015
No other city in the nation more clearly exemplifies the dramatically changing social, political, and economic landscape of America's urban centers than Houston. Houston has transformed from a bi-racial southern city on the bayou to one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the nation. Houston Independent School District…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Public Education, Educational Quality, Global Education
Zabala, Dalia; Minnici, Angela; Kober, Nancy, Ed. – Center on Education Policy, 2007
Since much of the previous research on exit exams, including CEP's own work, has looked at national patterns of implementation and passing rates, this study aimed to benefit policy and practice by focusing on the local level. Specifically, case studies were conducted in Jackson, MS and Austin, TX that examined how classroom instruction and other…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, Case Studies, Test Preparation, Minority Groups
Albus, Deb; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Cormier, Damien – National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 2009
In April 2007, Federal No Child Left Behind regulations were finalized that provided states with additional flexibility for assessing some students with disabilities. The regulations allowed states to offer another assessment option, alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS). States are not required to have…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
Rainey, Katharine; Sheehan, Daniel; Maloney, Catherine – Texas Center for Educational Research, 2010
This report presents findings from the Year 3 evaluation of Texas' state-level Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, grant. GEAR UP grant requirements include an evaluation component designed to assess program effectiveness and to measure progress toward project goals. To this end, the evaluation considers…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Preparation, Advanced Courses, Information Management
Maloney, Catherine; Sheehan, Daniel; Rainey, Katie; Whipple, Allyson – Texas Center for Educational Research, 2008
The federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, project strives to equalize low-income students' access to higher education by increasing their participation in rigorous coursework, providing expanded opportunities for low-income students and parents to learn about postsecondary educational opportunities…
Descriptors: State Programs, School Districts, College Readiness, College Preparation
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2011
Representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade public school students from 21 urban districts participated in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics. Eighteen of the districts participating in the 2011 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) participated in earlier assessment years, while three districts…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Algebra, Comparative Analysis, Disabilities
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2011
Representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade public school students from 21 urban districts participated in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading. Eighteen of the districts participating in the 2011 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) participated in earlier assessment years, while three districts…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Comparative Analysis, Disabilities, Educational Assessment
US Department of Education, 2006
The eight schools profiled in this document are serving different populations, but all of them are closing the achievement gap between low-income, minority, and special needs students and their peers. By trying out innovative new strategies, these schools are blazing a trail for others to follow. They are dispelling the myth that some students can…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Secondary Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices
Shapley, Kelly; Pieper, Amy; Vicknair, Keven; Sheehan, Daniel; Weiher, Gregory R.; Hughes, Christina; Howard, Joseph – Texas Center for Educational Research, 2005
In October 1999, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) received a GEAR UP state grant. TEA's project, Texans Getting Academically Prepared (TGAP), was originally a five-year grant. However, additional federal funding extended the project for a sixth year. TGAP begins at the middle-school level to prepare low-income and minority students for higher…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Minority Group Students, Low Income Groups, Middle School Students