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Foorman, Barbara R.; Smith, Kevin G.; Kosanovich, Marcia L. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
The implementation of effective instructional materials, such as a core reading program, by a qualified teacher is an important part of improving students' reading achievement. But selecting those instructional materials can be time-consuming. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast created this rubric for evaluating reading/language arts…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Instructional Material Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Language Arts
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Folsom, Jessica Sidler; Smith, Kevin G.; Burk, Kymyona; Oakley, Nathan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Substantial research points to the importance of developing strong early literacy skills. However, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, between 2007 and 2013, no more than 55┬ápercent of Mississippi grade 4 students were reading at or above the proficiency level that demonstrates solid academic performance for the grade…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Herrera, Sarah; Zhou, Chengfu; Petscher, Yaacov – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
The 2001 authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act and its standards and accountability requirements generated interest among state education agencies in Florida, Mississippi, and North Carolina, which are served by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, in monitoring changes in student reading and math proficiency at the school level.…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Trend Analysis, Achievement Gap
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Gersten, Russell; Newman-Gonchar, Rebecca; Haymond, Kelly S.; Dimino, Joseph – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Response to intervention (RTI) is a comprehensive early detection and prevention strategy used to identify and support struggling students before they fall behind. An RTI model usually has three tiers or levels of support. Tier 1 is generally defined as classroom instruction provided to all students, tier 2 is typically a preventive intervention…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Primary Education, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Partridge, Mark A.; Rudo, Zena; Herrera, Sarah – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Charter schools have become a widely used alternative to traditional public schools, both nationally and in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast Region. They play an increasingly important role in state reform efforts. South Carolina stakeholders--including the South Carolina Department of Education, the Public Charter School…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Effectiveness, Identification, Elementary Schools
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Partridge, Mark A.; Koon, Sharon – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
The purpose of this report was to determine which Mississippi public schools perform better than could be predicted, considering demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Additionally, this study identified profiles of schools within Mississippi, or groups of schools with similar socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. This study…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Disadvantaged Schools, Public Schools, Elementary Schools
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Foorman, Barbara; Herrera, Sarah; Dombek, Jennifer; Schatschneider, Chris; Petscher, Yaacov – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Understanding written language is crucial to academic success in all content areas. Ensuring a strong foundation in the components of written language--that is, the literacy skills of reading, writing, and oral language--is essential if students are to read with understanding and, thus, is a primary goal of early literacy instruction and of the…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Instructional Effectiveness
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Jayanthi, Madhavi; Gersten, Russell; Taylor, Mary Jo; Smolkowski, Keith; Dimino, Joseph – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Contemporary state math standards emphasize that students must demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical ideas underlying the computations that have typically been the core of the elementary school math curriculum. The standards have put an increased emphasis on the study of fractions in upper elementary grades, which are the years during…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Faculty Development, Grade 4
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Folsom, Jessica Sidler; Osborne-Lampkin, La'Tara; Cooley, Stephan; Smith, Kevin – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Since the 2012/13 school year Florida law has required the 100 lowest performing elementary schools in reading to extend the school day by one hour to provide supplemental reading instruction. In 2014 the law was broadened to include the 300 elementary schools with the lowest reading performance. A previous study of the state's first two cohorts…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Extended School Day, School Policy, Low Achievement
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Osborne-Lampkin, La'Tara; Folsom, Jessica Sidler – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
Researchers have linked positive student outcomes, including student achievement, to high-quality school leadership. Due in part to this research, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association are interested in increasing the number of high-quality principals in North…
Descriptors: Principals, Assistant Principals, Administrator Characteristics, Career Development
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Hughes, John; Petscher, Yaacov – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
The high rate of students taking developmental education courses suggests that many students graduate from high school unready to meet college expectations. A college readiness screener can help colleges and school districts better identify students who are not ready for college credit courses. The primary audience for this guide is leaders and…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Screening Tests, Test Construction, Predictor Variables
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Herrera, Sarah; Truckenmiller, Adrea J.; Foorman, Barbara R. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
The importance of adolescent literacy is well established, and the topic continues to be of both local and national interest. Practitioners need to know not only which programs and practices appear effective, but which have the scientific evidence to support that claim. To identify effective programs and practices for general education students in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction
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Smith, Kevin G.; Dombek, Jennifer L.; Foorman, Barbara R.; Hook, Karl S.; Lee, Laurie; Cote, Anna-Marie; Sanabria, Israel; Stafford, Tammy – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
While academic interventions can be implemented in any grade, focusing on interventions in high school is critical because it is often a student's last chance to become ready for the academic demands of postsecondary education and careers. States across the country are implementing large-scale initiatives focused on delivering academic…
Descriptors: Intervention, Guides, High Schools, Program Implementation
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Smith, Kevin G.; Dombeck, Jennifer L.; Foorman, Barbara R.; Hook, Karl S.; Lee, Laurie; Cote, Anna-Marie; Sanabria, Israel; Stafford, Tammy – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
While literacy interventions can be implemented in any grade, focusing on interventions in grades 3-8 is critical because it is often the best chance for students identified with earlier reading deficiencies to become ready for the literacy demands of postsecondary education and careers. States in both the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL)…
Descriptors: Intervention, Guides, Literacy, Program Implementation
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Kosanovich, Marcia; Foorman, Barbara – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitators Guide to support educators in the implementation of recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's. The practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words, relate those words to their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Guides, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
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