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Gándara, Denisa; Hearn, James C. – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background: College-completion policies dominate state higher education policy agendas. Yet we know little about how policy actors make decisions--and what sources of evidence they use--within this policy domain. Focus of Study: This study explores the use of evidence in college-completion policymaking in depth, focusing on Texas. In addition to…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Graduation, Educational Policy, Higher Education
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Topper, Amelia Marcetti – Teachers College Record, 2019
Context: Community colleges in the United States are increasingly tasked with demonstrating their commitment to improved institutional outcomes even as measures of student success are critiqued for failing to capture the colleges' diverse missions and student populations. Purpose: This paper offers an alternative framework for understanding and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Success, Student Characteristics
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Hart, Beth Ann – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background/Context: Sociologists of education have documented community college students' high postsecondary aspirations and low persistence and college completion rates. Recent research suggests that community colleges can improve student outcomes by developing structural reforms: streamlining curricula, expanding vocational programs, and…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Academic Persistence, At Risk Students
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McWilliams, Julia A.; Kitzmiller, Erika M. – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background: With the expansion of charter school networks, population losses in urban district schools and stretched budgets have encouraged struggling districts to adopt closure-as-reform. School closings have received considerable attention in the media as a controversial reform, reconfiguring the educational landscapes of over 70…
Descriptors: High School Students, School Closing, Politics of Education, Outcomes of Education
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Jupp, James C.; Leckie, Alisa; Cabrera, Nolan; Utt, Jamie – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background/Context: With a rationale informed by the demographic imperative, the resegregation of public schools, and our positionalities as researchers, we understand both the high stakes and the complexity of capacitating White preservice and in-service teachers capable of anti-racist praxis and race-visible teaching and learning in public…
Descriptors: Whites, Social Justice, Racial Bias, Culturally Relevant Education
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Ng, Jennifer C.; Stull, Donald D.; Martinez, Rebecca S. – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background/Context: In recent decades, federal policymakers have pushed for education to be a more "scientific" endeavor. While scholars have considered the implications of this orientation for educational researchers, less attention has been given to its impact on educational practitioners. Purpose/Focus of the Study: By focusing on the…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Change, Change Agents, Interaction
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Hubers, Mireille D.; Poortman, Cindy; Schildkamp, Kim; Pieters, Jules M. – Teachers College Record, 2019
Background/Context: The data team intervention was designed to support schools in using data while developing a solution to an educational problem. The participating data team members are responsible for building collective capacity within their school for using data and implementing actions related to the improvement plan. This can be…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Capacity Building, Data, Foreign Countries
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Mensah, Felicia Moore; Jackson, Iesha – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: The disparity between the race and ethnicity of teachers and students is expected to increase as our nation and classrooms continue to become more racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse. It is extremely important to think about not only the educational needs of such a diverse student population within…
Descriptors: Whites, Racial Bias, Ethnicity, Race
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Brown, Raymond; Heck, Deborah; Pendergast, Donna; Kanasa, Harry; Morgan, Ann – Teachers College Record, 2018
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to outline the evidence-based development of a learning approach to school renewal that employs information from key members of a school community (teachers, parents, students) to promote school-based discussions about school renewal. Setting: The study took place in an independent system of Catholic…
Descriptors: Values, Educational Change, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research
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Smith, Patriann; Cheema, Jehanzeb R.; Kumi-Yeboah, Alex; Warrican, S. Joel; Alleyne, Melissa L. – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: Standard English functions as a dominant language in the English-speaking Caribbean context despite the bidialectal, bilingual, and multilingual nature of countries. Notwithstanding, Caribbean non-Standard English-speaking students continue to be administered literacy assessments that do not take into account their…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Dialects, Language Dominance, Foreign Countries
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Wahleithner, Juliet Michelsen – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background: Numerous reports have highlighted problems with writing instruction in American schools, yet few examine the interplay of teachers' preparation to teach writing, the instructional policies they must navigate, and the writing development of the students in their classrooms. Purpose: This study examines high school English teachers'…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Writing Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Statistical Analysis
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Hill, Heather C.; Corey, Douglas Lyman; Jacob, Robin T. – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: Since 2002, U.S. federal funding for educational research has favored the development and rigorous testing of interventions designed to improve student outcomes. However, recent reviews suggest that a large fraction of the programs developed and rigorously tested in the past decade have shown null results on student outcomes…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Faculty Development, Mathematics Instruction, Arithmetic
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Stein, Kristy Cooper; Miness, Andrew; Kintz, Tara – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background: Student engagement is a cognitively complex domain that is often oversimplified in theory and practice. Reliance on a single model overlooks the sophisticated nature of student engagement and can lead to misconceptions and limited understandings that hinder teachers' ability to engage all of their students. Assessing varied models…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Theories, Social Theories, Hypothesis Testing
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Kim, Yoonjeon – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: East Asian schools receive much attention for the comparatively high achievement of their students. To account for this success, scholars and commentators advance broad claims about the rote character of instruction or the complexity of classroom practice, typically generalizing to an entire nation. Yet little is known about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement
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Welsh, Richard; Hall, Michelle – Teachers College Record, 2018
Context: Given the growing popularity of the portfolio management model (PMM) as a method of improving education, it is important to examine how these market-based reforms are sustained over time and how the politics of sustaining this model have substantial policy implications. Purpose of Study: The purpose of this article is to examine important…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Activism, Politics of Education, Boards of Education
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