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Schueler, Beth E. – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
Catching students up who have fallen behind academically is a key challenge for educators, and can be difficult to do in a cost-effective manner. This field experiment examines the causal effect of a program designed to provide struggling sixth and seventh graders with math instruction delivered in small groups of roughly ten students by select…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Grade 6, Grade 7, Mathematics Instruction
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Bastian, Kevin C.; Fortner, C. Kevin – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
Whereas subject-area specialization is common practice in secondary grades, little is known about its incidence and impact in elementary schools. In this study we use data from North Carolina elementary schools to assess which teachers specialize and estimate whether specialization is associated with teacher effectiveness and school achievement.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Specialization, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
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Walsh, Elias; Dotter, Dallas – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
The 2007 Public Education Reform Amendment Act led to 39 percent of the principals in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) being dismissed before the start of the 2008-09 school year, and additional principal exits over the next few years. We measure the impact of replacing these principals on schoolwide student achievement by measuring the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Principals, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
Blazar, David – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
There is growing interest among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in identifying teachers who are skilled at improving student outcomes beyond test scores. However, questions remain about the validity of these teacher effect estimates. Leveraging the random assignment of teachers to classes, I find that teachers have causal effects on…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Teacher Influence, Outcomes of Education
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Dougherty, Shaun M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
Strong literacy skills are crucial to ensuring an individual's future educational and economic success. Existing evidence suggests the transition from elementary to middle school is a decisive period for literacy development. In this paper I investigate the impact of extended learning time in literacy instruction on subsequent cognitive outcomes.…
Descriptors: Literacy, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Middle School Students
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Chingos, Matthew M.; Whitehurst, Grover J.; Gallaher, Michael R. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
School districts are a focus of education reform efforts in the United States, but there is very little existing research about how important they are to student achievement. We fill this gap in the literature using 10 years of student-level, statewide data on fourth- and fifth-grade students in Florida and North Carolina. A variance decomposition…
Descriptors: School Districts, Academic Achievement, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Friesen, Jane; Hickey, Ross; Krauth, Brian – Education Finance and Policy, 2010
We use data on students in grades 4-7 in the Canadian province of British Columbia to investigate the effect of having disabled peers on value-added exam outcomes. Longitudinal data for multiple cohorts of students are used together with school-by-grade-level fixed effects to account for endogenous selection into schools. Our estimates suggest…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disabilities, Students, Academic Achievement