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Hora, Matthew T.; Blackburn Cohen, Chelsea A. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2017
The employability of college students is one of postsecondary education's most pressing concerns in the United States and China, especially when it comes to the possible over-production of bachelor's trained students and "skills gaps" where jobs go unfilled due to inadequately prepared graduates. In response, policymakers are focusing on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Capital, Technical Institutes, Employment Potential
Grodsky, Eric; Yiyue, Huangfu,; Miesner, H. Rose; Packard, Chiara – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2017
Wisconsin's gaps between Black and White student high school graduation rates (Richards, 2016) and Black and White fourth-grade math and reading scores (U.S. Department of Education, 2015) are the largest in the nation. These inequalities have led to criticisms of Wisconsin's schools and teachers as ineffective in bolstering the success of…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Minority Group Students, Low Income Students
Goff, Peter T.; Bruecker, Ellie M. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2017
A considerable body of work has addressed teacher labor markets and the sorting of teachers within and among school districts. Many studies have focused on urban schools within teacher labor markets, but far less research has examined teacher supply and demand among rural school districts. This study examines the pool of applicants vying for…
Descriptors: Labor Market, School Districts, Teacher Supply and Demand, Rural Schools
Cook, H. Gary; Sahakyan, Narek; Linquanti, Robert – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2017
The authors develop model analyses based on a U.S. Department of Education guide to illustrate procedures a State could use to compare and contrast school-level overall and English Learner accountability determinations for proficiency in reading/language arts under the options allowed by the Every Student Succeeds Act. As a technical reference,…
Descriptors: State Standards, Accountability, Immigrants, English Language Learners
Hora, Matthew T.; Benbow, Ross J.; Oleson, Amanda K. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
The idea of a skills gap suggests that employers have jobs available but cannot find skilled applicants because higher education is poorly aligned with workforce needs. This idea is shaping higher education and workforce development policy at the national and state levels, yet limited research exists on the experiences of employers and educators…
Descriptors: School Support, Achievement Gap, Education Work Relationship, Cultural Capital
Kim, Ahyoung Alicia; Kondo, Akira; Blair, Alissa; Mancilla, Lorena; Chapman, Mark; Wilmes, Carsten – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
A number of English language proficiency exams target grades K-12 English language learners (ELLs) because of the rising need to identify their needs and provide appropriate support in language learning. A good example is the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs (hereafter ACCESS), designed to measure the English language proficiency of students identified as…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), English Language Learners
Clune, Bill; Knowles, Jared – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
Since 2012, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has maintained a statewide predictive analytics system providing schools with an early warning in middle grades of students at risk for not completing high school. DPI is considering extending and enhancing this system, known as the Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS). The proposed…
Descriptors: Predictive Measurement, Delivery Systems, State Standards, Early Intervention
Kimball, Steven M.; Heneman, Herbert G., III.; Worth, Robin; Arrigoni, Jessica; Marlin, Daniel – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
Over many decades, teachers' compensation has been determined through standard practices, commonly represented by the single salary schedule. While these practices served districts well in a number of respects, many argue that new forms of teacher pay could provide powerful levers for changing teacher performance and improving student achievement…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Educational Attainment, Merit Pay
Halverson, Rich; Kallio, Julie; Hackett, Sarah; Halverson, Erica – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
Students who have mastered the ability to create their own learning environments have an advantage over students who rely on traditional environments to structure their learning. Students who understand how to use new tools for school learning typically do not pick up these skills at school--they learn from the habits of parents and peers who work…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Change, Influence of Technology
Benbow, Ross J.; Vivyan, Erika – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
Building from findings showing that undergraduate computer science continues to have the highest attrition rates proportionally for women within postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines--a phenomenon that defies basic social equity goals in a high status field--this paper seeks to better understand how student…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Computer Science Education, Comparative Analysis
Smolarek, Bailey B.; Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
Drawing on insights from culturally responsive K-12 education frameworks and dual process theory, this qualitative study explores the situated nature of reflective practice among postsecondary faculty and calls for increased critical awareness and institutional support. Through interviews with 21 California research university faculty, this study…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Research Universities
Benbow, Ross J.; Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
The narrative of the "skills gap," or the notion that the United States economy suffers because employers are not able to find job applicants with workplace-ready skills (e.g., American Society for Training and Development 2012), has become an influential rallying cry in higher education funding circles in recent years. It is with these…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, STEM Education
Kim, Ahyoung Alicia; Kondo, Akira; Castro, Mariana – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2016
Due to the increase in the number of preschool-aged dual language learners (DLLs), there is a need to understand their language development and how to better support them. Although DLLs' language development has traditionally been studied from a structuralist perspective, few have examined their language use from a functional approach, which…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Students
Connolly, Mark R.; Lee, You-Geon – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2015
As a result of increased national emphasis on preparing future faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to teach undergraduates, more research universities offer teaching development (TD) programs to doctoral students who aspire to academic careers. Using social cognitive career theory, we examine the effects of these…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, STEM Education, Self Efficacy
Goff, Peter T.; Baxley, Gwendolyn S. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2015
Teacher and student sorting within and between schools has historically garnered national attention and controversy. Scholars have recently examined how school leaders make data-driven decisions to create more equitable schools, particularly through teacher and student assignment practices. School leaders use student test scores to strategically…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Teacher Placement, Principals, Data
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