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Rice, John; Huang, Min; Derby, Kenwyn – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2018
To help inform education stakeholders in Utah, this study examined the differences in characteristics between rural and non-rural districts in the state from fiscal year 2012 through fiscal year 2017 using administrative data from the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Education Association. All the findings are descriptive and do not…
Descriptors: School Districts, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, Student Characteristics
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Voight, Adam; Hanson, Thomas – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2017
A growing number of educators concur that, in order to improve student academic performance, schools need to focus not only on students' academic needs but also on their social, emotional, and material needs (Piscatelli & Lee, 2011). As a result, school climate--the social, emotional, and physical characteristics of a school community (Cohen,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Academic Achievement, Educational Environment
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Hanson, Thomas; Polik, Jeff; Cerna, Rebeca – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2017
An activity for eliciting student involvement in collaborative decision-making and problem-solving with adults--the student listening circle workshop--is examined for the first time through an experimental study of its effects on participating students. A student listening circle is a facilitated focus group in which students articulate to adults…
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Problem Solving, Workshops, Listening Skills
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Snipes, Jason; Tran, Loan – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2017
Interest has been growing in the role of students' attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions as key factors that can support or inhibit student success. A large body of emerging evidence, including multiple randomized controlled trials, shows that interventions that target academic mindsets, attitudes, and beliefs about the nature of ability and the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Student Behavior, School Districts
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Jaquet, Karina; Fong, Anthony B. – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2017
Research has found high repetition rates for students in Algebra I, with one study finding a repetition rate of 44 percent for students in a large urban high school district. Less is known about how math performance and Algebra I course repetition rates vary among students with different levels of English proficiency. This report examines Algebra…
Descriptors: Algebra, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Repetition
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Haas, Eric; Tran, Loan; Huang, Min – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
When is the right moment to transition an English learner student from part-time participation in English language development classes into full-time participation in mainstream English-only classes? English learner students should be moved into full-time mainstream English-only classes when they are sufficiently fluent in English to be able to…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Scores, Correlation
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Barrat, Vanessa X.; Berliner, BethAnn – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
Numerous studies over the past two decades have examined the prevalence, causes, predictors, and prevention of high school dropout, but comparatively little is known about students who drop out and later re-enroll. This study contributes to an emerging body of research on re-enrollees that challenges the perception that when students drop out,…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High School Students, Reentry Students, Public Schools
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Visher, Mary G.; Mayer, Alexander K.; Johns, Michael; Rudd, Timothy; Levine, Andrew; Rauner, Mary – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
Community college students often lack an academic plan to guide their choices of coursework to achieve their educational goals, in part because counseling departments typically lack the capacity to advise students at scale. This randomized controlled trial tests the impact of guaranteed access to one of two alternative counseling sessions (group…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Randomized Controlled Trials, Two Year College Students, Educational Counseling
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Fong, Anthony B.; Makkonen, Reino; Jaquet, Karina – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
This report projects California teacher retirements at the state and county levels for 2014/15-2023/24, updating a previously published report that projected California teacher retirements for 2006/07-2015/16. The current study finds that 25 percent of California teachers who were teaching in 2013/14 are projected to retire over 2014/15-2023/24.…
Descriptors: Teacher Retirement, Geographic Location, Counties, Tables (Data)
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Lash, Andrea; Makkonen, Reino; Tran, Loan; Huang, Min – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
This study, undertaken at the request of the Nevada Department of Education, examined the stability over years of teacher-level growth scores from the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) model, which many states and districts have selected as a measure of effectiveness in their teacher evaluation systems. The authors conducted a generalizability study…
Descriptors: Growth Models, Teacher Evaluation, Scores, Teacher Effectiveness
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Makkonen, Reino; Tejwani, Jaclyn; Venkateswaran, Nitya – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
Recent teacher evaluation reforms instituted across the country have sought to yield richer information about educators' strengths and limitations and guide decisions about targeted opportunities for professional growth. This study describes how results from new multiple-measure teacher evaluations were being used in 2014/15 in five school…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Data, Evaluation Utilization, School Districts
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Lash, Andrea; Tran, Loan; Huang, Min – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of teacher evaluation scores that are derived from an observation tool, adapted from Danielson's Framework for Teaching, designed to assess 22 teaching components from four teaching domains. The study analyzed principals' observations of 713 elementary, middle, and high school teachers in…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Scores, Test Validity, Principals
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Haas, Eric; Huang, Min; Tran, Loan; Yu, Airong – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the cumulative progress of English learner students in Nevada in English language proficiency (ELP) and in academic content knowledge in both reading and mathematics. This study identified students in grades kindergarten, 3, and 6 who were designated as English learner students in 2006/07 and examined their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Language Proficiency, English Language Learners, English (Second Language)
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Haas, Eric; Huang, Min; Tran, Loan; Yu, Airong – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the cumulative progress of English learner students in Utah in English language proficiency (ELP) and in academic content knowledge in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. This study identified students in grades kindergarten, 3, and 6 who were designated as English learner students in 2006/07…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Language Proficiency, English Language Learners, English (Second Language)
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Huang, Min; Haas, Eric; Zhu, Niufeng; Tran, Loan – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
Recent studies have documented differences in academic achievement between current and former English learner students. These differences validate calls for more focused analyses of achievement across English learner student subgroups. Specifically, there is interest in examining variation in academic success based on the amount of time a student…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement, English Language Learners
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