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Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The Ingenuity program was designed to "provide Baltimore's brightest middle school students with a free, highly accelerated, and challenging mathematics and science curriculum" (Ingenuity Project, 2014). It started in 1993 at two middle schools, one on the east side of Baltimore and the second on the west, but as of SY 2014-15 the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Acceleration (Education)
Durham, Rachel E.; Bettencourt, Amie; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
Despite--or perhaps due to--the lack of consensus on its definition, there is abundant interest in and research on school climate. Researchers have determined that improving school climate is one way to increase academic achievement, school safety, school completion, teacher retention, healthy social interactions, and student well-being (Cohen,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Urban Schools, Educational Indicators, School Effectiveness
Smith, Tami Kopischke; Connolly, Faith; Pryseski, Charlene – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The term "school climate" has been around for more than a hundred years to explore the idea of school environmental or contextual factors that might have an impact on student learning and academic success. During the past three decades there has been growing research to support the importance of a positive school climate in promoting…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, School Culture, Principals, Teacher Role
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
Recognizing the importance of both keeping middle school students engaged and improving their math skills, Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) developed a summer school STEM program involving not only math and science instruction but also the experience of building a robot and competing with those robots in a city-wide tournament.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Programs, Robotics, Mathematics Skills
Durham, Rachel E.; Olson, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2013
Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) has made great strides in its effort to lower the number of high school dropouts and to encourage prior dropouts to return and graduate by providing a broad set of options for students with a diverse set of needs and academic histories. At the same time, City Schools has initiated an effort to foster a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Dropout Prevention, Graduation Rate
Olson, Linda S.; Connolly, Faith; Kommajesula, Alok H. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2013
Out of School Time (OST) programs have been shown to promote positive personal, academic and social development (Huang, Gribbons, Kim, Lee, & Baker, 2000; Welsh et al., 2002). The Family League of Baltimore City works with partners to sponsor a range of after-school programs in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) to provide healthy…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, After School Programs, Student Participation, Public Schools
Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2012
This brief presents findings from 347 observations conducted in 23 second and third grade classrooms over two years to paint a picture of the in-school experiences of students who had been first graders in eighth Baltimore City Public Schools in 2007-08. Using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), an observation instrument and protocol…
Descriptors: Accountability, Scoring, Educational Change, Classrooms
Connolly, Faith; Olson, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2012
This study looks at attendance in the early grades of elementary school. In particular, the authors focus on students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) and Kindergarten (K). They follow these young students over several years to determine their pattern of chronic absence (CA), defined as missing more than one-ninth of days enrolled, and their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Enrollment, Kindergarten, Charts
Connolly, Faith; Plank, Stephen; Rone, Tracy – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2012
In this paper, we offer an overview of the history and development of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC). As a part of this overview, we describe challenges and dilemmas encountered during the founding years of this consortium. We also highlight particular benefits or sources of satisfaction we have realized in the course of…
Descriptors: Consortia, Educational Research, Educational History, Educational Development
Durham, Rachel E.; Westlund, Erik – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
Earning a college degree improves a person's life outcomes in employment, income, health, and quality of life. Thus, it is important to track Baltimore City Schools graduates success in attending and completing college. In this study, the authors sought to summarize college enrollment and completion trends over the past several years. These data…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Enrollment, Quality of Life, College Attendance
Durham, Rachel E.; Westlund, Erik – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
Earning a college degree increases a person's life outcomes in income, employment, health, and quality of life. The average person with a bachelor's degree earns almost twice as much as a high school graduate and nearly triple that of someone who did not finish high school. The unemployment rate for people with bachelor's degrees is about…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Enrollment, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns
Plank, Stephen B.; Condliffe, Barbara – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
This report presents findings from two years of classroom observation designed to help understand the in-school experiences of students who had been first graders in eight Baltimore public schools in 2007-08. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, the authors conducted fieldwork to understand learning opportunities and settings for a set of…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Academic Support Services, Evidence, Scoring
Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
Even with the declining number of dropouts in Baltimore City, a focus on dropout prevention is essential. Recent research has emphasized the utility of an early warning system to inform prevention efforts. With this in mind, the Baltimore Education Research Consortium examined the 2000-01 cohort of sixth grade students (Class of 2007) from the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Grade 6, Cohort Analysis, Predictor Variables
Mac Iver, Martha Abele – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2010
This report paints a collective portrait of the Baltimore City Schools dropouts of 2008-09 to summarize some of the commonalities that join their individual stories together. After examining the surface level demographic characteristics of these dropouts, researchers probed more deeply into their behavioral characteristics in the years preceding…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Dropout Characteristics, At Risk Students, Dropout Prevention
Plank, Stephen B.; Durham, Rachel E.; Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth; Norman, Obed – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2008
This report describes a cohort of first-grade students from the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). Specifically, we follow the 9,176 students who were first-graders in the district in 1999-00 for seven years. We learn much about patterns of promotion and retention, mobility within BCPSS, transfer out of BCPSS, attendance, and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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