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Chauvin, Ramona; Molina, Concepcion – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2012
The education field must go beyond calling attention to an adolescent literacy crisis and the need for additional resources--a critical need--to treating adolescent literacy as the foundation for more ambitious efforts to improve middle and high schools in their entirety (Heller & Greenleaf, 2007; Jacob, 2008). Instruction around adolescent…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Literacy Education, Reading Skills
Quiroz, Blanca; Gonzalez, Georgina – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2012
It is difficult for secondary-level ELs to achieve academic success comparable to their non-EL peers because of linguistic challenges specific to secondary-level core-content areas, in addition to barriers faced by ELs in general. Some promising strategies for use in mathematics, science, and social studies are reported. Key points of this…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Science
Meadows, Lou; Theodore, Kathleen – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2012
The literature on teacher preparation programs in the United States is extensive. However, there is limited scientifically based research on what kind of program produces effective teachers; rather, the literature consists mostly of calls for change in teacher preparation programs. Almost all experts agree that major changes are needed in these…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness, Student Teaching
Burniske, Jackie; Meibaum, Debra – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2012
Multiple ways of assessing teaching effectiveness are being implemented by many states. Student survey instruments can provide valuable insight into the teaching and learning environment of a classroom. Students have the "deepest, broadest, and most veridical perception of their teacher." Thus, student survey instruments can be a…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Surveys, Rating Scales
Bell, Stella; Pirtle, Sylvia Segura – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2012
Rural educational issues cannot be addressed by a one size-fits-all approach to school improvement, but current research offers some solutions and insights into turning around low-performing rural districts and schools. Of the four possibilities set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, the transformation model holds the most promise for…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, School Closing
Joyner, Stacey; Molina, Concepcion; Beckwith, Shirley; Williams, Haidee – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2011
The impact of class time lengths on student achievement is a complex issue with multiple extraneous factors and without definitive answers. A major theme across many of the studies reviewed is that the amount of instructional time is not so important as how that time is spent. Key points include: (1) The commonly held conception that students in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Time Factors (Learning), Time Management, Misconceptions
Neeley, Ann; Baldwin, Marion; Beckwith, Shirley; Williams, Haidee – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2011
Becoming a parent, at any age, can be a life-altering experience. Regardless of race, education, and socio-economic status, motherhood--and fatherhood--uniformly places demands on one's life that were non-existent prior to the birth of a child. Research indicates that teenage parents experience reductions in their educational attainments compared…
Descriptors: Early Parenthood, Educational Attainment, Educational Research, Achievement Gap
Texas Comprehensive Center, 2011
Effectively meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students presents challenges for educators across the United States, including the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Center regions. Increasingly rigorous achievement expectations must be supported with flexible, accessible curricula, offering multiple pathways to success in…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Outcomes of Education
Texas Comprehensive Center, 2010
The literature addressing how family and community involvement impacts a culture of college and career readiness suggests there is a positive association for certain types of involvement. Providing support and encouragement, as well as assisting with planning, increases the probability of attending and graduating from college. Key points include:…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Community Involvement, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Quiroz, Blanca; Beckwith, Shirley; Williams, Haidee – Texas Comprehensive Center, 2010
This report describes how two school districts in Texas supported the achievement of English language learners (ELLs) beyond classroom instruction, through ancillary education enrichment opportunities with Title III funds. These particular districts were identified as those with some of the most successful ELL programs, as determined by…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development
Texas Comprehensive Center, 2010
Rigorous research on alternative high schools for at-risk students is extremely limited, especially for rural areas. There are case studies and descriptive reports of successful programs for rural students whose needs are not met in traditional schools. In general, these programs share the same characteristics as those found in urban areas. Some…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, High Schools, Rural Areas, At Risk Students
Texas Comprehensive Center, 2010
The transition from eighth grade to high school results in a higher drop-out rate and more grade retentions than any other grade. However, when districts and schools develop and implement a sound transition program, the outcomes for ninth graders are improved. Key points of this briefing paper include the following promising interventions: (1)…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Middle School Students, High School Students, School Counseling