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Klute, Mary; Apthorp, Helen; Harlacher, Jason; Reale, Marianne – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2017
Formative assessment is a process that engages teachers and students in gathering, interpreting, and using evidence about what and how students are learning in order to facilitate further student learning during a short period of time. The process offers the potential to guide educator decisions about midstream adjustments to instruction that…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Elementary School Students, Academic Achievement, Mathematics Instruction
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Brodersen, R. Marc; Melluzzo, Daniel – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2017
This report summarizes the methodology, measures, and findings of research on the influence on student achievement outcomes of K-12 online and blended face-to-face and online learning programs that offer differentiated learning options. The report also describes the characteristics of the learning programs. Most of the examined programs used…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Individualized Instruction
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Brodersen, R. Marc; Yanoski, David; Mason, Katie; Apthorp, Helen; Piscatelli, Jennifer – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2017
Competency-based education--also known as proficiency-based, mastery-based, and performance-based education--has received increased attention in recent years as an education approach that may help ensure that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary for college and their careers. In competency-based education,…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Elementary Secondary Education, State Policy, Educational Policy
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Brodersen, R. Marc; Randel, Bruce – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2017
Competency-based education has received growing attention in recent years as a way to address preK-12 learning goals. In competency-based education, students are promoted to the next course of study or grade level in each subject area after demonstrating mastery of identified learning targets aligned to standards. Westminster Public Schools in…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Mathematics Achievement
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DeCesare, Dale; McClelland, Abby; Randel, Bruce – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2017
This study evaluates the impact of the Retired Mentors for New Teachers program, a two-year mentoring program at the elementary school level developed by Aurora Public Schools in Colorado. Many of the district's schools serve a large percentage of economically disadvantaged children, experience high teacher turnover, and hire newer, less…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Program Evaluation
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Meyer, Stephen J. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of field experiences in traditional teacher preparation programs completed by first-year teachers in Missouri and how experiences vary by teaching certificate type. This descriptive study is based on data from a survey administered in early 2015 to first-year teachers in Missouri public…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Beginning Teachers, Public School Teachers, Student Teaching
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Cherasaro, Trudy L.; Brodersen, R. Marc; Reale, Marianne L.; Yanoski, David C. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
The importance of teacher effectiveness is well supported by studies that document variation in teachers' abilities to contribute to student achievement gains. All else being equal, students taught by some teachers experience greater achievement gains than do students taught by other teachers. In response to initiatives to increase educator…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Teacher Effectiveness
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Apthorp, Helen S. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
This report provides descriptive information about the location and native language use of schools in the REL Central Region with high enrollment of American Indian students, whether Bureau of Indian Education schools or non-Bureau of Indian Education high-density American Indian schools (schools with 25 percent or more American Indian student…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Enrollment, School Location, American Indian Languages
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Harlacher, Jason – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
Educators have many decisions to make and it's important that they have the right data to inform those decisions and access to questionnaires that can gather that data. This guide, developed by REL Central and based on work done through separate projects with the Wyoming Office of Public Instruction and the Nebraska Department of Education,…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Test Construction, Student Surveys, Teacher Surveys
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Culbertson, Michael J.; Billig, Shelley H. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
Rural districts have long faced challenges in closing achievement gaps between subgroups of students. This brief report describes key decision points and considerations for decision-makers interested in identifying rural districts that have closed academic achievement gaps. Examining practices in these districts may suggest activities associated…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap
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DeCesare, Dale; Workman, Simon; McClelland, Abby – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
This report provides a snapshot of school district policies for mentoring new teachers in five Regional Educational Laboratory Central states (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota). State education agencies collected survey data from school districts on who provides mentoring, how time spent mentoring changes after the first…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Surveys
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Klute, Mary; Cherasaro, Trudy; Apthorp, Helen – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
This report summarizes the research on the association between state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and student achievement. Most of the research focused on one type of state intervention: working with a turnaround partner. Few studies were identified that examined other types of interventions, such as school closure, charter…
Descriptors: Intervention, State Programs, School Turnaround, Academic Achievement
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Culbertson, Michael J. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
States in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central region serve a largely rural population with many states enrolling fewer than 350,000 students. A common challenge identified among REL Central educators is identifying appropriate methods for analyzing data with small samples of students. In particular, members of the REL Central…
Descriptors: Student Development, Sample Size, Academic Achievement, Scores
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Klute, Mary M.; Welp, Laura C.; Yanoski, David C.; Mason, Katie M.; Reale, Marianne L. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
Recent federal initiatives such as School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility emphasize the role of state education agencies in improving chronically low-performing schools. But state policies limit what actions state education agencies can take. As state education leaders and policymakers consider how best to…
Descriptors: State Policy, Low Achievement, Intervention, Educational Improvement
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Cherasaro, Trudy; Yanoski, David; Swackhamer, Lyn – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2015
This guide was developed to provide guidance to states or districts wishing to monitor implementation of educator evaluation systems. It describes a three-step process: develop state guidelines for educator evaluation systems; develop data collection methods; and determine adherence criteria and review data against criteria. The process was…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Program Implementation, Guidelines, Data Collection
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