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Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Songer, Nancy Butler – Science Education, 2010
Being able to make claims about what students know and can do in science involves gathering systematic evidence of students' knowledge and abilities. This paper describes an assessment system designed to elicit information from students at many placements along developmental trajectories and demonstrates how this system was used to gather…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Ecology, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2009
The intent of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is to hold schools accountable for ensuring that all their students achieve mastery in reading and math, with a particular focus on groups that have traditionally been left behind. Under NCLB, states submit accountability plans to the U.S. Department of Education detailing the rules and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs
Council of the Great City Schools, 2008
The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have been battered by substantial outside forces over the last decade. The school system was taken over by the state; its elected school board was dissolved and replaced by an appointed body; its many operating systems were privatized; its citizenry were encouraged to flee to charter schools; and its resources have…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Textbooks, State Standards
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Mohan, Lindsey; Chen, Jing; Anderson, Charles W. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2009
This study reports on our steps toward achieving a conceptually coherent and empirically validated learning progression for carbon cycling in socio-ecological systems. It describes an iterative process of designing and analyzing assessment and interview data from students in upper elementary through high school. The product of our development…
Descriptors: National Standards, Climate, High School Students, Elementary School Students
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Educational Legislation
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Rivet, Ann E.; Krajcik, Joseph S. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2004
A challenge for urban systemic reform initiatives in science education has been to achieve local, state, and national standards for teaching and learning. We have collaborated with teachers in the Detroit Public School System to design project-based curriculum materials that contextualize the learning of science in meaningful real-world problems,…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Educational Change, Science Curriculum, National Standards