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Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
The role that social media should play in education is being hotly debated in school districts across the country. The adoption of social networking for educational purposes lags behind the public's general usage because educators fear that students will be exposed to inappropriate online content, unwanted adult interactions, and bullying from…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Web Sites, Computer Uses in Education
Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
This Research Brief investigated differences among schools in the initial student achievement and annual rates of ELA growth in middle grades using a variety of student and school demographic characteristics. It found a statistically significant difference in the initial ELA achievement but not in the annual rates of ELA growth between students in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Language Arts, English Instruction
Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
The Extended Foreign Language (EFL) program is a "school within a school" dual language program in which students are instructed in both English and a language other than English (Spanish or French) with one hour of daily instruction in that language. Most of the schools participating in the program implement the English/Spanish version…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, English, Language of Instruction, Public Schools
Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
The goal of this Research Brief is to identify schools in which English Language Learners (ELLs) exhibit high growth in English language acquisition. In 2015-2016, a new English Language Proficiency test, known as Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-toState for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) was used for the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
Morris, Don – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2008
The importance of the beliefs and attitudes of teachers and building-level administrators in achieving school reform has come to be widely acknowledged. As University of Wisconsin professor Kent Peterson put it: "You can implement a good-quality improvement plan and knowledgeable, data-driven decision making, but if the [staff] doesn't…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Decision Making, Educational Change
Froman, Terry; Brown, Shelly; Tirado, Arleti – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2008
The teacher's task of assigning letter grades to students and the public's interpretation of them can be perplexing. Does the student's grade represent the level of achievement, the gain in achievement, or some combination of the two? Is the student's effort included in the grade, or are high achievers given good marks regardless of effort? Are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grades (Scholastic), Standardized Tests, Grade Equivalent Scores
Romanik, Dale; Rembowski, Mary – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
The State of Florida Department of Education provides pre-and-post-graduation data for public high school graduates throughout Florida. These data were used for the present report to produce data sets for all M-DCPS regular high schools and charter high schools graduating students in 2009 and 2010. Summary data for the district are also provided.…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Vocational Schools, Feedback (Response), High School Graduates
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2008
There is a growing consensus among educators and the general public that technology should play a more integral role in students' education. However, the question of whether the introduction of technology into the classroom has a positive impact on teaching and learning is still under intense debate within the educational community. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education
Shneyderman, Aleksandr; Froman, Terry – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
The time it takes for an English Language Learner (ELL) to reach reading proficiency in English depends on the grade level of entry into the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and on the student's initial English proficiency level. The summary table below presents the average years to English proficiency across different grade…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, English (Second Language), Reading Skills, Limited English Speaking
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2006
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) earned a performance grade of "B" for the second year in a row and was just seven points short of the points required to earn an "A." This Research Capsule summarizes several key elements that contributed to the district's achievement. Results indicate that, in most cases, students'…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Student Evaluation, Racial Differences
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2007
Recent research has demonstrated that students with normal hearing ability benefit from the use of classroom amplification systems. Amplification systems allow teachers to control, stabilize, and equalize the classroom acoustical environment so their voices are clearly audible over background noise at all locations within the classroom. Studies…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Attendance, Acoustics, Classroom Environment
Romanik, Dale; Rembowski, Mary – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2010
The State of Florida Department of Education provides pre-and-post-graduation data for public high school graduates throughout Florida. These data were used for the present report to produce data sets for all M-DCPS regular high schools and charter high schools graduating students in 2007 and 2008. Summary data for the district are also provided.…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Vocational Schools, Feedback (Response), High School Graduates
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2012
States across the country are developing pre-kindergarten standards that articulate expectations for preschooler's learning and development and define the manner in which services will be provided. There are two different types of standards: student outcome standards and program standards. Student outcome standards define the knowledge and skills…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Standards, Program Administration
Urdegar, Steven M. – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2014
My Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC) is an online program for students who have been identified as struggling readers. It is used as an intervention within the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, as well as for students with disabilities. The software addresses reading sub-skills (i.e., comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Intervention, Response to Intervention, Disabilities
Romanik, Dale; Rembowski, Mary – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2009
The "High School Feedback Report" prepared by the State of Florida's Department of Education provides pre-and-post-graduation data for public high school graduates throughout Florida. These data were used for the present report which contains individual data reports for all M-DCPS regular high schools and charter high schools graduating…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Vocational Schools, Feedback (Response), High School Graduates
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