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Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
This Research Brief investigated differences among schools in the initial student achievement and annual rates of ELA growth in middle grades using a variety of student and school demographic characteristics. It found a statistically significant difference in the initial ELA achievement but not in the annual rates of ELA growth between students in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Language Arts, English Instruction
Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
This Research Brief describes a possible method of operationally defining what constitutes English proficiency for English language learners. In addition, it describes specific results on the English Language Proficiency test that correspond to English proficiency defined in that way. Furthermore, it suggests practical uses for such information.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
Gonzalez Hernandez, Vanessa – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
[Miami-Dade County Public Schools] M-DCPS had 22,447 graduates in the 2016-2017 academic year. Most students, 94%, achieved a standard diploma (24 credits). Some students choose an alternative curriculum where 333 (1%) achieved an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma and 404 (2%) achieved an International Baccalaureate…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Certification, Advanced Placement Programs, High School Graduates
Blazer, Christie; Gonzalez Hernandez, Vanessa – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
This report reviews the characteristics of students who are most likely to drop out of school. Most studies have found that dropping out is related to risk factors in four different domains: individual, academic, family-related, and school-related. Local [Miami-Dade County Public Schools] M-DCPS District data were used to examine certain…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, At Risk Students, Dropouts, Racial Differences
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
This Information Capsule summarizes the history of educational reform in the State of Florida from the 1970s through the present. Although the Florida Legislature has modified accountability policies and added new reforms over the years, the "A+ Plan for Education", signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999, remains the foundation of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Accountability, State Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Froman, Terry – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
The Miami-Dade County Public School District is a nationally recognized leader in the quality and diversity of educational opportunities. Magnet Programs, in particular, offer distinctive educational choices to students. Magnet programs attract students by offering unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Magnet Schools, Student Characteristics
Hernandez, Vanessa Gonzalez – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
Since 2015, M-DCPS has emphasized the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) education in students' college and career preparedness through its school designation program. Schools must meet a rigorous set of criteria in integrations, operational criteria, and academics to receive a STE(A)M designation. The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
The majority of states include value-added models (VAMs) or some other measure of student academic growth as a component of their teacher evaluation systems. However, there is considerable disagreement among researchers about whether states and school districts should use student growth measures to make high-stakes personnel decisions. Many…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Value Added Models, Academic Achievement
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
This Information Capsule summarizes the research on Structured English Immersion (SEI) programs. Most school districts use either the SEI or Bilingual Education (BE) model to instruct elementary level English Language Learners (ELLs). In SEI programs, ELLs receive all or most of their instruction in English. BE programs provide instruction in two…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Elementary School Students, Bilingual Education, Program Effectiveness
Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
The Extended Foreign Language (EFL) program is a "school within a school" dual language program in which students are instructed in both English and a language other than English (Spanish or French) with one hour of daily instruction in that language. Most of the schools participating in the program implement the English/Spanish version…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, English, Language of Instruction, Public Schools
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
Over the past few decades, an increasing number of schools across the U.S. have adopted inclusive education models in which students with disabilities (SWD) attend classes with their nondisabled peers. This Information Capsule summarizes the research on the academic and social outcomes of inclusion on students with and without disabilities. Most…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Outcomes of Education, Disabilities, Best Practices
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
This Research Brief summarizes the performance of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) students participating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The IB program was offered at six M-DCPS high schools in 2016-2017. The number of IB examinations taken in M-DCPS increased by five percent from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017. During the same…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Advanced Placement Programs, Public Schools, Scores
Shneyderman, Aleksandr – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
The goal of this Research Brief is to identify schools in which English Language Learners (ELLs) exhibit high growth in English language acquisition. In 2015-2016, a new English Language Proficiency test, known as Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-toState for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) was used for the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2017
Dual Enrollment (DE) is an acceleration program in which students can earn credit toward high school completion and toward a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree at the same time. There are hundreds of courses available to students in the DE program. DE courses are weighted toward grade point averages in the same way as are…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Acceleration (Education), Grade Point Average, High Schools
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2016
The number of U.S. children attending after-school programs has been steadily increasing. In 2014, the most recent year for which data were available, approximately 10.2 million students, representing about 23 percent of U.S. families, were enrolled in an after-school program. Of the students attending after-school programs, the majority do so at…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Enrichment Activities, Best Practices, Program Development
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