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Rentner, Diane Stark; Kober, Nancy; Frizzell, Matthew; Ferguson, Maria – Center on Education Policy, 2016
Education policymakers and leaders often say that the opinions and observations of teachers are among the most important information to help explain and understand what is happening in schools. Teachers' voices can inject a sense of classroom and school-level realism into those discussions and add clarity and credibility to issues that are often…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, National Surveys, Public Schools, Public School Teachers
Scott, Caitlin; Dibner, Kenne – Center on Education Policy, 2012
Two schools in Michigan received ARRA SIG (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act School Improvement Grants) funds to enable them to implement their improvement efforts. This paper describes the outcomes of these two ARRA SIG recipient schools: (1) Phoenix Elementary-Middle School; and (2) Arthur Hill High School. The experiences of these…
Descriptors: Grants, High Schools, Elementary Schools, Case Studies
Scott, Caitlin; McMurrer, Jennifer; McIntosh, Shelby; Dibner, Kenne – Center on Education Policy, 2012
State and local educators encountered both opportunities and obstacles in their first year of implementing the School Improvement Grants (SIGs) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In 2009, the ARRA, better known as the economic stimulus package, provided $3 billion for SIGs to help reform persistently low-achieving…
Descriptors: Barriers, Program Implementation, Federal Programs, Federal Legislation
McMurrer, Jennifer – Center on Education Policy, 2012
School Improvement Grants (SIGs) financed through the economic stimulus package are intended to spur dramatic change in persistently low-performing schools. Many state and local officials charged with implementing SIGs view the creation of a safe, orderly, collegial, and productive school climate as an essential step in raising student…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Federal Legislation, School Turnaround
McMurrer, Jennifer – Center on Education Policy, 2012
Research has long suggested that significantly increasing quality time in school for teaching and learning can have a positive impact on student achievement. Recognizing this connection, federal guidance requires low-performing schools to increase student learning time if they are implementing two popular reform models using school improvement…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Federal Legislation, School Turnaround
McIntosh, Shelby – Center on Education Policy, 2012
Since 2002, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) at The George Washington University, a national advocate for public education and improving public schools, has been studying state high school exit examinations--tests students must pass to receive a high school diploma. This year marks the 11th year CEP has reported on exit exams in order to help…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, State Standards, Exit Examinations, High Schools
Chudowsky, Naomi; Chudowsky, Victor – Center on Education Policy, 2012
In recent years, as schools have shifted more attention to English language arts and mathematics, several groups have made a plea for renewed attention to civic education for all students. One such group is the Spencer Foundation, which promotes research to improve students' civics knowledge and skills and their dispositions for responsible…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Charter Schools, Traditional Schools, Comparative Analysis
Jennings, Jack – Center on Education Policy, 2011
In this paper, the author asks the question, "Can Boys Succeed Later in Life if They Can't Read as Well as Girls?" He notes troubling statistics that illustrate lower performance of boys compared to girls, including performance on state reading tests, and graduation rates from both high school and college. He says that the good news is that the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Graduation Rate, Reading Tests, Academic Achievement
Kober, Nancy; McMurrer, Jennifer; Silva, Malini R. – Center on Education Policy, 2011
Title I provides extra instructional services designed to raise achievement for low-performing students in schools with relatively high poverty rates, and for all students in many of the nation's highest-poverty schools. To learn more about how well Title I students are performing academically, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) compared…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Achievement Gains, Achievement Rating, African American Students
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Missouri's test score trends through 2008-09. In 2006, the mean scale score on the state 4th grade reading test was 661 for non-Title I students and 642 for Title I students. In 2009, the mean scale score in 4th grade reading was 661 for non-Title I students and 648 for Title I students. Between 2006 and 2009, there was no…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Washington's test score trends through 2008-09. Three years of comparable mean scale score data were not available from the state. In 2004, 77% of non-Title I 4th graders and 60% of Title I 4th graders scored at the proficient level on the state reading test. In 2009, 75% of non-Title I 4th graders and 61% of Title I 4th…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Massachusetts's test score trends through 2008-09. In 2006, 59% of non-Title I 4th graders and 29% of Title I 4th graders scored at the proficient level on the state reading test. In 2009, 64% of non-Title I 4th graders and 31% of Title I 4th graders scored at the proficient level in reading. Between 2006 and 2009, the…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Rhode Island's test score trends through 2008-09. In 2006, the mean scale score on the state 4th grade reading test was 445 for non-Title I students and 435 for Title I students. In 2009, the mean scale score in 4th grade reading was 448 for non-Title I students and 440 for Title I students. Between 2006 and 2009, the mean…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Tennessee's test score trends through 2008-09. In 2004, the mean scale score on the state 4th grade reading test was 501 for non-Title I students and 486 for Title I students. In 2009, the mean scale score in 4th grade reading was 512 for non-Title I students and 495 for Title I students. Between 2004 and 2009, the mean scale…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This paper profiles Utah's test score trends through 2008-09. In 2004, the mean scale score on the state 4th grade reading test was 167 for non-Title I students and 164 for Title I students. In 2009 the mean scale score in 4th grade reading was 168 for non-Title I students and 164 for Title I students. Between 2004 and 2009, the mean scale score…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Achievement Rating
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