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Ruiz de Castilla, Verónica – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
Aware of the challenges set before the Houston Independent school District by rapid growth in the numbers of English learner students, and a critical shortage of teachers with bilingual certification for more than a decade, members of Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest's English Learners Research Alliance sought information that districts…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Academic Achievement, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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Stoker, Ginger; Mellor, Lynn; Sullivan, Kate – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
This study examines Algebra II completion and failure rates for students entering Texas public high schools from 2007/08 through 2014/15. This period spans the time when Texas students, beginning with the 2007/08 grade 9 cohort, were required to take four courses each in English, math (including Algebra II), science, and social studies (called the…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Algebra, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Failure
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Stoker, Ginger; Mellor, Lynn – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
This study examines the impact of providing parents with an informational brochure about the role of algebra II in college access on students' grade 11 algebra II completion rates in Texas. One hundred nine schools, covering all 20 Educational Service Center regions in Texas, participated in the study. Parents in the 54 treatment schools were…
Descriptors: Information Dissemination, Parents, Algebra, Access to Education
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Wolf, Patrick J.; Lasserre-Cortez, Shannon – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the number of charter schools in New Orleans has rapidly expanded. During the 2012/13 school year--the period covered by this study--of the 85 public schools in New Orleans, 75 were chartered, enrolling more than 84 percent of all public school students in the city in 92 different school campuses. This study…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Value Added Models
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Mihaly, Kata; Schwartz, Heather L.; Opper, Isaac M.; Grimm, Geoffrey; Rodriguez, Luis; Mariano, Louis T. – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
Most states' teacher evaluation systems have changed substantially in the past decade. New evaluation systems typically require school leaders to observe teachers' classrooms two to three times a school year instead of once (Doherty & Jacobs, 2015). The feedback that school leaders provide to teachers after these observations is a key but…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Feedback (Response), Conferences (Gatherings), Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Arellano, Brenda; Liu, Feng; Stoker, Ginger; Slama, Rachel – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
To what extent do Spanish-speaking English learner students develop English proficiency and grade-level readiness in English language arts and math from early elementary school to upper elementary school? Is there a relationship between proficiency in a student's primary home language, Spanish, and the amount of time needed to attain fluency in…
Descriptors: Spanish Speaking, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Readiness
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Wolf, Patrick J.; Lasserre-Cortez, Shannon – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
Charter schools are public schools authorized to operate with some independence from district or state public school regulations, while still being held accountable for student outcomes. Like traditional schools operated by school districts, charter schools are free and are intended to be open to all students who desire to attend. This study…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Traditional Schools, Special Education
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2018
Research shows that teachers affect student learning more than any other factor. The Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, a collaborative partnership of educators, policymakers, and researchers, seeks to improve educator quality through research and analytic technical support. Initially focused on Texas, the alliance has expanded to include…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Improvement, Educational Quality
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Slama, Rachel; Molefe, Ayrin; Gerdeman, Dean; Herrera, Angelica; Brodziak de los Reyes, Iliana; August, Diane; Cavazos, Linda – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
English learner students are challenged by the difficult task of learning English concurrently with learning content in areas such as reading and math. English learner students who have not attained proficiency in English or learned core course content by the middle and upper grades may not have the requisite skills to enroll in courses required…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Time
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Stoker, Ginger; Liu, Feng; Arellano, Brenda – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
The purpose of this study was to: examine differences in students' perceptions of their noncognitive skills and school environments by race/ethnicity, and explore whether students' perceptions of their noncognitive skills and school environments were related to three outcomes that have been identified in the research as mattering most for a…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment
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Sullivan, Kate; Barkowski, Elizabeth; Lindsay, Jim; Lazarev, Valeriy; Nguyen, Thanh; Newman, Denis; Lin, Li – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
The Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance expressed interest in investigating annual teacher mobility in Texas. This resulting study, using data from the 2011/12-2015/16 school years, first asked how large teacher mobility was and how much of that movement was between schools in the same district, how…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Public School Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Student Characteristics
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Peltola, Pia; Haynes, Erin; Clymer, Lauren; McMillan, Alex; Williams, Haidee – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
The purpose of this study was to fill the gap in statewide information about teacher professional development opportunities in Oklahoma and compare the opportunities in rural and nonrural schools. The Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, along with members of the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance, developed a survey that measured how…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Shortage, Rural Urban Differences
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Booth, Eric; Shields, Joseph; Carle, Jill – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
In 2008 New Mexico changed its graduation requirements for regular education high school students who completed more than their senior year of high school in a New Mexico public school. Students who entered high school in 2009 were the first to have to complete (pass with a D or better) at least one advanced course (a course designated by the New…
Descriptors: High School Students, Advanced Courses, Graduation Requirements, College Readiness
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Walston, Jill; Tucker, Clyde; Ye, Cong; Lee, Dong Hoon – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
The New Mexico graduation rate has lagged behind the national graduation rate in recent years. In 2015 the graduation rate was 69 percent in New Mexico and 83 percent nationwide (New Mexico Public Education Department, 2016; U.S. Department of Education, 2017). Of particular interest to education leaders in New Mexico are differences in graduation…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Graduation Requirements, Exit Examinations, Racial Differences
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Lazarev, Valeriy; Toby, Megan; Zacamy, Jenna; Lin, Li; Newman, Denis – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2017
Recruiting and retaining effective teachers are serious concerns throughout Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association (2016) reported 500 teacher vacancies at the beginning of the 2015/16 school year, according to a survey of school districts, and 53 percent of respondents said the teacher shortage was worse than in the previous year.…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Rural Schools, Tenure
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