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Tienken, Christopher H.; Colella, Anthony; Angelillo, Christian; Fox, Meredith; McCahill, Kevin R.; Wolfe, Adam – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The use of standardized test results to drive school administrator evaluations pervades education policymaking in more than 40 states. However, the results of state standardized tests are strongly influenced by non-school factors. The models of best fit (n = 18) from this correlational, explanatory, longitudinal study predicted accurately the…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Standardized Tests, Test Results, Models
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Mann, Michael J.; Smith, Megan L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
This article describes one middle school's efforts to use model building and school self-evaluation to hold itself accountable for its own priorities. These priorities were established by local administrators, teachers, and students, in addition to those established by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This article discusses this school's efforts to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Educational Legislation
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Musoleno, Ronald R.; White, George P. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2010
This study explored the effects of high-stakes testing and accountability on the fundamental practices associated with middle school philosophy. Participants were middle school educators, including administrators and teachers, from Pennsylvania middle schools. An online survey was used to collect data for this study. The survey addressed the…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Middle Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Philosophy
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Graham, Parry – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This article reports on the results of a mixed method case study investigating the relationship between professional learning community (PLC) activities and teacher improvement in a first-year middle school. Data were collected from core academic sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teachers using a professional development survey, teacher interviews,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Case Studies
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Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Christopher M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
As a result of the pressures of educational reform and high-stakes assessment, some schools run the risk of foregoing active, student-centered learning activities for building test-taking skills and the memorization of discrete facts (Gredler, 1999; Jackson & Davis, 2000). Coupled with the additional pressure to fulfill the expectations of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Federal Legislation, Educational Philosophy, High Stakes Tests
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Wenglinsky, Harold – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 calls for improving test scores of minority students in third through eighth grades, making middle level schools a key venue for closing the racial gap in achievement. This study, by analyzing data on the 15,000 eighth graders who took the 2000 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests