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Murphy, Richard; Denning, Jeffrey T.; Weinhardt, Felix – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
This paper considers an unavoidable feature of the school environment, class rank. What are the long run effects of a student's ordinal rank in elementary school? This research shows that students with a higher third grade academic rank, conditional on achievement and classroom effects, have higher subsequent test scores, are more likely to take…
Descriptors: Class Rank, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Grade 3
Giani, Matt S.; Attewell, Paul; Walling, David – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
Despite advances made in broadening access to higher education, some evidence suggests that college completion rates have actually declined over time, and attainment gaps stemming from race/ethnicity and socioeconomic background have remained stubbornly persistent (Bound, Lovenheim, & Turner, 2010; National Center for Education Statistics,…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence
Schudde, Lauren; Meiselman, Yonah – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
This study examined one strategy for dev-ed math reform, the Dana Center Math Pathways (DCMP) model. The DCMP model encouraged students to enroll in a college-level math course best suited to their field of interest and, at the time of inquiry, used a compression approach, condensing sequences of two or more developmental courses into a shorter,…
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Required Courses, Prerequisites, Developmental Studies Programs
DeMatthews, David E.; Reyes, Pedro; Carrola, Paul; Edwards, Wesley; James, Lebon – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
Steady school leadership can support student achievement and equity-related outcomes, but the principalship is becoming more stressful with increasing demands, duties, and expectations. Burnout is one of several factors that contribute to principal turnover which often destabilizes a school community. Individual and organizational factors…
Descriptors: Novices, Principals, School Administration, Burnout
Alexander, Celeste; Reyes, Pedro; Stephens, Sarah – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
Federal policy recognizes the importance of effective educators, particularly in high-needs schools. Research has shown that the most critical school-related factor that influences student learning and achievement is teacher quality (Hanushek, 2011). The Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE) aims to address the research-based and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Incentive Grants, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
Schudde, Lauren; Jabbar, Huriya – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
Forty percent of all Texas public college students start at a community college and 75 percent earn at least some community college credits. Yet there is very little evidence about how students make transfer decisions and whether the policies meant to avoid credit loss, like the core curriculum, actually improve transfer success and degree…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, College Transfer Students, Transfer Policy
Bernell, Kaitlin R. – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
Rural students in the United States have a lower likelihood of entering and completing college compared with their non-rural peers, despite strong high school graduation rates. Postsecondary attendance and degree attainment gaps observed across geographic regions present equity and access concerns in the high school-to-higher education pipeline.…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Public Schools, High Schools, Educational Attainment
Burkhauser, Susan; Mellor, Lynn; Garland, Marshall; Osman, David – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
Texas House Bill 3 established a college, career, and military readiness (CCMR) outcomes bonus, which provides extra funding to districts for each annual graduate demonstrating CCMR under the state accountability system. Some small district and rural district leaders expressed concern about the ability of their graduates to meet the career…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Career Readiness, Rural Schools, School Districts
Delhommer, Scott – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
This paper analyzed the role of students having a same-race teacher on a high school student's short- and long-term outcomes. How is a student's academic achievement affected in the classroom with a same-race teacher and how is their likelihood of attending college changed by having a same-race teacher? Race-matching improves Black and Asian…
Descriptors: High School Students, Role Models, Minority Group Students, Academic Achievement
Verma, Anjali P. – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
The Inclusion of Children with Disabilities Act (IDEA) act requires that to the maximum extent possible, children with disabilities should be taught alongside the regular students. In line with the IDEA, advocates of inclusion argue that disabled students incorporated in a normal academic environment display improved academic achievement among the…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Special Education, Outcomes of Education, Educational Finance
Park, Jiwon – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
This paper focuses on the role of non-native peers in classrooms. What is the impact of classroom composition on short- and long-term academic outcomes of native students? This study takes multiple approaches to estimate the causal impact of non-native students in Grade 9 on students' test scores and college attainment. The author finds that while…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Peer Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
Mellor, Lynn; Lin, Shuqiong – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
The policy brief describes a study done by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest. Round Rock Independent School District (ISD) wanted to enhance its high school career and technical education (CTE) programming to prepare CTE graduates to either enter high-wage, in-demand careers in Central Texas or continue their education after high…
Descriptors: High School Students, Vocational Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education
Lee, Han Bum; Villarreal, Michael U. – Texas Education Research Center, 2021
This study examines the effect of dual enrollment (DE) on college enrollment and degree completion for less academically prepared students who attended public high schools in Texas. The authors employ a propensity score matching method to reduce selection bias from DE participation and supplement the analysis with a bounds test. The results show…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Dual Enrollment, High School Students, Predictor Variables
Edwards, Wesley L. – Texas Education Research Center, 2020
Increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the teacher workforce is vital to the success of all students nationally. Calls to prepare, recruit, and retain more teachers of color come from a variety of stakeholders, including policymakers, state and district leaders, as well as school community members. Yet, a growing body of evidence…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Minority Group Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
Warner, Jayce R.; Fletcher, Carol L.; Torbey, Ryan; Garbrecht, Lisa S. – Texas Education Research Center, 2020
Students living in rural areas are less likely to attend schools that offer computer science (CS) courses largely because educational institutions in these remote areas lack the resources to staff teaching positions for these courses. This study investigated the impact of WeTeach_CS, a program designed to train teachers to become certified to…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Computer Science Education, Faculty Development, High School Teachers
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