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Quint, Janet; Condliffe, Barbara – MDRC, 2018
The concept of project-based learning (PBL) has garnered wide support among a number of K-12 education policy advocates and funders. PBL is viewed as an approach that enables students to develop the "21st century competencies"--cognitive and socioemotional skills--needed for success in college and careers. This issue focus, pulling from…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Thinking Skills
Dechausay, Nadine – MDRC, 2018
Executive skills are the cognitive abilities that make it possible for people to set goals, regulate impulses, and complete the steps necessary to achieve their objectives. Examples of these skills include time management, emotional control, and organization. Richard Guare and Peggy Dawson have developed a coaching strategy based on executive…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Cognitive Ability, Coaching (Performance), Behavioral Sciences
Jacob, Robin; Erickison, Anna; Mattera, Shira K. – MDRC, 2018
Early math has been shown to predict not only longer-term math achievement, but also future reading achievement, high school completion, and college attendance. Yet effects from early math programs often fade out as children move into more varied instructional contexts in elementary school. This fade-out suggests the need for an alignment of math…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Clubs, Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction
Mattera, Shira K.; Jacob, Robin; Morris, Pamela A. – MDRC, 2018
Early math skills are a strong predictor of later achievement for young children, not only in math, but in other domains as well. Exhibiting strong math skills in elementary school is predictive of later high school completion and college attendance. To that end, the Making Pre-K Count and High 5s studies set out to rigorously assess whether…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement, Predictor Variables, Preschool Education
Anzelone, Caitlin; Timm, Jonathan; Kusayeva, Yana – MDRC, 2018
State child support programs secure financial support for children whose parents live apart. These programs establish paternity, set orders for the amounts parents are required to pay, and collect and distribute payments. An essential step in the process of establishing paternity and setting an order of support is delivering legal documents to the…
Descriptors: Children, Financial Support, Legal Responsibility, Parents
Unterman, Rebecca – MDRC, 2018
This post is one in a series highlighting MDRC's methodological work. In the past decade, rapid growth in the number of charter schools and school district choice systems has provided education researchers with exciting opportunities to use naturally occurring pockets of randomization to rigorously study the effects of policy-relevant education…
Descriptors: Selective Admission, Competitive Selection, Admission (School), Charter Schools
Mayer, Alexander – MDRC, 2018
This document presents the testimony of MDRC's Alex Mayer, the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Education at MDRC. The three points that Alex Mayer emphasizes in this testimony before the California State Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance on integrating postsecondary education interventions to…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Low Income Groups, Access to Education, Academic Achievement
Balu, Rekha; Alterman, Emma; Haider, Zeest; Quinn, Kelly – MDRC, 2018
The Drive to Write program was organized by New Visions for Public Schools (a New York City school support network that helps schools with professional development, data infrastructure, leadership training, certification, and more), and New Visions hopes it will lead to a new standard in writing instruction and student learning. New Visions is…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Feedback (Response), Writing Instruction, Computer Uses in Education
Headlam, Camielle; Anzelone, Caitlin; Weiss, Michael J. – MDRC, 2018
Research has shown that students who enroll in summer courses are more likely to persist and graduate. How can postsecondary institutions encourage more students to enroll in summer courses? If more students do enroll, will they experience improved academic outcomes? MDRC's Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment (EASE) project explores these…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Academic Persistence, College Students, Enrollment
Cullinan, Dan; Barnett, Elisabeth; Ratledge, Alyssa; Welbeck, Rashida; Belfield, Clive; Lopez, Andrea – MDRC, 2018
Most students seeking to enroll in community college are required to take a placement test for math and English courses. Administrators are well aware of the shortcomings of using traditional placement tests alone, and state and college systems across the country are organizing multiple measures assessment (MMA) placement systems that will…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Alternative Assessment
Scrivener, Susan; Gupta, Himani; Weiss, Michael J.; Cohen, Benjamin; Cormier, Maria Scott; Brathwaite, Jessica – MDRC, 2018
Many students who enter community college are deemed underprepared for college-level courses and are referred to developmental (remedial) education courses to build their math, reading, or writing skills. These students often struggle in developmental courses and in college more broadly. To help them, the City University of New York (CUNY)…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Urban Schools, Remedial Instruction
MDRC, 2018
Career pathways models are an increasingly popular approach to engaging high school students and equipping them with the academic, technical, and "soft" skills they need to succeed in postsecondary education and careers. When linked with local labor market needs, career pathways models can also create a talent pipeline for local…
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Awareness, High School Students, College Readiness
Cerna, Oscar; Beal, Katie – MDRC, 2018
MDRC is working with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to study the state's efforts to improve college outcomes for Latinos--in particular, the approaches being taken at two-year and four-year colleges that qualify as Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This brief covers the first step in that project: a daylong conversation among…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Hispanic American Students, Educational Needs, Success
Mayer, Alexander – MDRC, 2018
In this testimony by Alexander Mayer, Deputy Director, Postsecondary Education, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), Before the New Jersey State Assembly Higher Education Committee, the following three points are emphasized: (1) Developmental education is a major challenge facing low-income college students in New Jersey and across…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Barriers, College Students
MDRC, 2018
Low-income students in college face many challenges, including the cost of postsecondary education and competing demands on their time from work or family obligations. They may not be prepared for college academically. They may also lack the skills and experiences other students rely on to help them navigate college, or the social support that can…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Graduation Rate
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