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Lara, Julia; Pelika, Stacey; Wright, John – National Education Association, 2021
Success in reading is essential throughout a student's school career and into adulthood. Recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment shows that approximately one-third of all fourth-grade students are not meeting basic reading standards. When results are broken out by racial and student subgroups, the…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Evidence Based Practice
Lara, Julia; Noble, Kenneth; Pelika, Stacey; Coons, Andy – National Education Association, 2018
Educators and policymakers have become increasingly concerned about the issue of student absenteeism in general and, in particular, chronic absenteeism. This is because chronic absenteeism can have lasting effects on students' economic and social development. Children who are chronically absent have lower levels of school readiness upon entering…
Descriptors: Attendance, At Risk Students, Minority Group Students, Students with Disabilities
Noble, Kenneth; Pelika, Stacey; Coons, Andy – National Education Association, 2017
In recent decades, in line with improvements in technology, schools have increasingly opted for Online Credit Recovery Programs (OCRPs) over traditional face-to-face courses. Despite sharing a common goal with traditional face-to-face programs--providing a pathway for students to get back on track, to avoid failing additional courses and falling…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Required Courses, Repetition, Credits
Taylor, Erika D.; Pelika, Stacey; Coons, Andy – National Education Association, 2017
While it was acknowledged as an issue approximately three decades ago, the discussions around shortages in the educator workforce have increased in recent years, causing a great deal of alarm about the nation's capacity to provide quality educators for its students. A related concern is the lack of teachers of color, relative to an increasingly…
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Standardized Tests
Lara, Julia; Pelika, Stacey; Coons, Andy – National Education Association, 2017
There has been a significant increase in the availability of digital tools (mainly laptops) in public school systems in the country. Federal level support, increased investments from private industry, and reduced technology price points for the education sector have all contributed to increases in availability. At the same time, however,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education