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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; Gonzalez Hernandez, Vanessa – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
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 2017-2018. Over 3,000 examinations were taken by M-DCPS students in 27 subject areas in 2017-2018. The number of IB examinations…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Public Schools, High School Students, Racial Differences
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
This Information Capsule reviews the research conducted on outcomes associated with placing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in inclusive classrooms. Key findings include: (1) studies comparing the academic and social outcomes of students with ASD placed in inclusive versus segregated special education classrooms have produced mixed…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Student Placement, Inclusion
Blazer, Christie – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
Researchers have found that middle school students undergo developmental changes that require unique educational structures and support. As a result, experts have suggested a number of specific strategies for organizing middle schools in order to best meet students' needs. This Information Capsule summarizes middle school redesign initiatives that…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Educational Environment, Educational Change
Gonzalez Hernandez, Vanessa – Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 2018
M-DCPS had 23,764 graduates in the 2017-2018 academic year. Most students, 91%, achieved a standard diploma (24 credits). Some students choose an alternative curriculum where 443 (2%) achieved an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma and 400 (2%) achieved an International Baccalaureate (IB). An additional 461 (2%) students…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Advanced Placement Programs, High Achievement, Service Learning
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
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
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