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    Compendium of Student, Teacher, and Classroom Measures Used in NCEE Evaluations of Educational Interventions (Volumne I)

    1/5/10 - Kimberly Boller , Sally Atkins-Burnett , Elizabeth M. Malone , Gail P. Baxter , Jerry West

    "This NCEE Reference Report is a ready resource available to help evaluators researchers' select outcome measures for their future studies and also assist policymakers in understanding the measures used in existing IES studies. The two-volume "Compendium of Student, Teacher, and Classroom Measures Used in NCEE Evaluations of Educational Interventions" provides comparative information about the domain, technical quality, and history of use of outcome measures used in IES-funded evaluations...

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    Compendium of Student, Teacher, and Classroom Measures Used in NCEE Evaluations of Educational Interventions (Volumne II)

    1/5/10 - Kimberly Boller , Sally Atkins-Burnett , Elizabeth M. Malone , Gail P. Baxter , Jerry West

    "This NCEE Reference Report is a ready resource available to help evaluators researchers' select outcome measures for their future studies and also assist policymakers in understanding the measures used in existing IES studies. The two-volume "Compendium of Student, Teacher, and Classroom Measures Used in NCEE Evaluations of Educational Interventions" provides comparative information about the domain, technical quality, and history of use of outcome measures used in IES-funded evaluations...

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    Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means

    1/10/11 - Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J.

    Arguments for consolidation, which merges schools or districts and centralizes their management, rest primarily on two presumed benefits: (1) fiscal efficiency and (2) higher educational quality. The extent of consolidation varies across states due to their considerable differences in history, geography, population density, and politics. Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is...

  • Development of the Literacy Achievement Gap: A Longitudinal Study of Kindergarten Through Third Grade

    1/1/07 - Foster, Wayne A., Miller, Merideth

    Purpose: The major goal of this study was to specify the developmental trajectories for phonics and early text comprehension skills of children from kindergarten through third grade. Method: Data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (N = 12,261) were used in this study. The participants were divided into 3 school readiness groups based on an assessment of literacy skill development at the time of entrance into kindergarten. The different groups were tracked on phonics and text...

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    Frederick County Public Schools Culturally Responsive Student Services Team Reference Guide

    1/1/11 - Frederick County Public Schools Disproportionality Committee , Equity Alliance at ASU

    The guide is designed to be a quick reference for students services teams in order to prevent/and or reduce the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education. This quick reference effectively addresses the processes under which culturally responsive student services team operate. The guide should be used by student services teams as they engage in problem solving techniques to meet the academic and /or behavioral needs of students in...

  • How Large an Effect Can We Expect from School Reforms?

    1/1/08 - Konstantopoulos, Spyros, Hedges, Larry V.

    Background/Context: Determining the effectiveness of reform strategies is a major part of the current and future educational research agenda. Effects of education reforms will be evaluated largely quantitatively, and an important aspect of this work will be judging how well reform strategies work. The rhetoric of contemporary school reform suggests two somewhat different solutions to the problem of the interpretive frame. One solution is derived from the idea that the goal of school reform...

  • Immigration, Language, and Education: How Does Language Policy Structure Opportunity?

    1/1/09 - GÁNdara, Patricia, Rumberger, Russell W.

    Background/Context: According to U.S. Census figures, 11 million elementary and secondary students of immigrant families were enrolled in the public schools in October 2005, representing 20% of all students, and this figure is expected to grow in the coming years. Most of these students enter school as English learners (ELs), and most ELs have exceptionally low performance on measures of academic achievement and attainment. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: This article...

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    Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success

    1/10/11 - Gross, B.

    The research shows that allowing schools to develop their own mission, granting them freedom over their budgets and personnel, and holding them accountable for performance can have valuable effects in schools and for the educational system more broadly. The freedom given to charter schools can lead to new programs serving diverse needs, to higher expectations for low-income and minority students, to more schoolfocused professional norms for teachers and leaders, and to new ways to hire...

  • Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap

    1/1/07 - Alexander, Karl L., Entwisle, Doris R., Olson, Linda Steffel

    Prior research has demonstrated that summer learning rooted in family and community influences widens the achievement gap across social lines, while schooling offsets those family and community influences. In this article, we examine the long-term educational consequences of summer learning differences by family socioeconomic level. Using data from the Baltimore Beginning School Study youth panel, we decompose achievement scores at the start of high school into their developmental...

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    Methods for assessing racial/ethnic disproportionality in special education: A technical assistance guide

    1/5/09 - Data Accountability Center,, Westat,

    “Many different methods of calculating disproportionality exist. Each of these methods represents a different way of reporting the same data, and each answers a different question about racial/ethnic representation in special education. This technical assistance guide focuses on two of the more common methods: composition and risk. (The authors) also discuss the risk ratio as a means for comparing risk. This technical assistance guide summarizes how to apply each of these methods...

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    Nothing More Important than this: Obama Visits Brooklyn High School to Push for Education Priorities, Including High School Redesign, High-Speed Internet in Schools, and Increased Funding

    11/5/13 - Amos, Jason

    Obama outlined three priorities in education—making high-quality preschool available to every child, making college more affordable, and redesigning America’s high schools.

  • Recursive Processes in Self-Affirmation: Intervening to Close the Minority Achievement Gap

    1/1/09 - Cohen, Geoffrey L., Garcia, Julio, Purdie-Vaughns, Valerie, Apfel, Nancy, Brzustoski, Patricia

    A 2-year follow-up of a randomized field experiment previously reported in Science is presented. A subtle intervention to lessen minority students' psychological threat related to being negatively stereotyped in school was tested in an experiment conducted three times with three independent cohorts (N = 133, 149, and 134). The intervention, a series of brief but structured writing assignments focusing students on a self-affirming value, reduced the racial achievement gap. Over 2 years, the...

  • Research in Urban Educational Settings

    1/1/11 - Scott, Kimberly A
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    Statistical Power Analysis in Education Research

    1/28/10 - Larry V. Hedges , Christopher Rhoads

    This paper provides a guide to calculating statistical power for the complex multilevel designs that are used in most field studies in education research. For multilevel evaluation studies in the field of education, it is important to account for the impact of clustering on the standard errors of estimates of treatment effects. Using ideas from survey research, the paper explains how sample design induces random variation in the quantities observed in a randomized experiment, and how this...

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    Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2008–09 Teacher Follow-up Survey

    1/19/10 - Keigher, A.

    The objective of TFS is to provide information about teacher mobility and attrition among elementary and secondary school teachers who teach in grades K–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In pursuit of this objective, TFS examines the characteristics of those who stay in the teaching profession and those who leave, including retirees. By collecting information on respondents’ attitudes about the teaching profession and job satisfaction (along with demographic data), TFS...

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    The Black-White Achievement Gap: When Progress Stopped

    1/8/10 - Barton, P. and Coley, R.

    This report discusses trends in the gap between Black and White educational attainment, school achievement, and contextual factors from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time.There is widespread awareness that there is a very substantial gap between the educational achievement of the White and the Black population in our nation, and that the gap is as old as the nation itself. Barton and Coley explore topics that remain sensitive in public discussion in their search for...

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