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    A coherent approach to high school improvement: a needs assessment tool

    1/22/10 - Lindsay Fryer , Amy Johnson

    "The foundation for this needs assessment tool is the National High School Center’s Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework. This framework was developed to support researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at all levels in their efforts to maximize the achievement of all high school students. The document outlines eight core elements that can be used as a lens for mapping school, district, and state high school improvement efforts in a comprehensive, systemic...

  • A Deeper Look at Deeper Learning

    3/1/14 - Kysilko, David

    Policy makers who want to support students must grapple with a thorny question: "How do we create education policies to prepare youth for the world they'll enter tomorrow when our imagination and thinking is often limited to the world we live in today?" Those who grapple with this essential question recognize a significant challenge: the world, its opportunities and its complexities - including speed of communication, development and use of technology, global connectedness, and other trends...

  • A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

    4/1/14

    Numbering nearly 5 million during the 2010-11 school year, English language learners (ELLs) are a diverse and growing group of K-12 students whose varied linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds present unique needs and assets for the school community. Nationwide, the number of ELLs in the United States has increased by more than 10 percent in the past decade, although growth rates and percentages differ across states.

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    Are there differences in achievement between boys and girls?

    1/2/10 - Center on Education Policy,

    "Disparities between boys and girls in reading and mathematics achievement have long been a concern among educators. While the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) does not hold school systems directly accountable for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the male and female subgroups, as it does for racial/ethnic and other subgroups, the Act does require states and school districts to publicly report test results broken down by gender. These requirements to disaggregate and publicize test...

  • Behind in assessment and losing the shame game

    3/1/14 - Ferguson, Maria

    When the most recent PISA scores were released last fall, there was a flurry of headlines about America’s stagnant public schools. American students were characterized as being asleep at the wheel and in need of a major wake-up call. If we really wanted the public to look closer and try to understand why PISA, NAEP and other Behind in assessment and losing the shame game kinds of assessments are important, we would need to do more than just shame public schools. We would need to have a...

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    Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Preschool--Kindergarten 2007 Psychometric Report

    1/23/10 - Michelle Najarian, Kyle Snow, Jean Lennon, Susan Kinsey, Gail Mulligan

    "This methodology report documents the design, development, and psychometric characteristics of the assessment instruments used in the preschool and kindergarten waves of the ECLS-B. The assessment instruments measure children's cognitive development in early reading and mathematics, socioemotional functioning, fine and gross motor skills, and physical development (height, weight, middle upper arm circumference, and head circumference). The report also includes information about indirect...

  • Ensuring Appropriate Assessment for all students with special needs

    1/1/04
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    Final report: How district-wide systems change impacted LRE for students with severe disabilities

    1/23/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "This final report chronicles the outcomes of the second generation National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), Award Number # H326B020002. Built on the previous five years of innovative work from 1997-2002 (a $5 million award), NIUSI’s second round of funding ($3.5 million) produced important results that offer a district-wide blueprint for the design and delivery of least restrictive environments and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities...

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    Has progress been made in raising achievement for English Language Learners?

    1/9/10 - Center on Education Policy,

    "This report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent nonprofit organization, examines progress in raising achievement for English language learners. It also describes the factors thatmake it difficult to accurately assesswhat ELLs knowand can do.The data for this analysis were collected by CEP with technical support from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) and come from the state reading and mathematics tests used for NCLB accountability in all 50 states.The...

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    Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality

    11/1/13 - Schmidt, Stephanie; Matthews, Hannah

    High quality early care and education can play a critical role in promoting young children’s early learning and success in life, while also supporting families’ economic security.1 Young children at highest risk of educational failure – those experiencing poverty and related circumstances that may limit early learning experiences – benefit the most from high quality early care and education programs.2 This fact sheet provides information about the percentages of young children in...

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    Language and Reading Interventions for English Language Learners and English Language Learners with Disabilities

    1/29/10 - Rivera, M. O., Moughamian, A. C., Lesaux, N. K., & Francis,, D. J.

    This report from the Center on Instruction presents information about assessment, instructional interventions, and professional development with a particular focus on ELL students who have been identified with a language and/or learning disability or who are at risk for reading difficulties. The focus of the intervention section is on those that have demonstrated success at remediating reading for ELLs who have either identified language impairment, reading and/or learning disabilities, or...

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    Preparing Students for the Common Core State Standards in Writing

    7/22/13 - Education Northwest

    With all but a handful of states having adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools and districts nationwide are now working to ensure effective implementation. The standards demand that all students have access to the high-quality instruction needed to meet college- and career-ready expectations. In writing, students must be able to demonstrate proficiency at their grade level in both the K–12 English Language Arts Standards and the Grade 6–12 Standards for Literacy in...

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    Teacher Perspectives of School-Level Implementation of Alternate Assessments for Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities

    1/28/10 - Renée Cameto, Frances Bergland, Anne-Marie Knokey, Katherine M. Nagle, Christopher Sanford, Sara C. Kalb, Jose Blackorby , Beth Sinclair, Derek L. Riley, Moreiça Ortega

    "Read about teachers' perspectives on school-level implementation of alternate assessments in a national study released by the National Center for Special Education Research. This study included more than 400 teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities from three states. The report provides information on the background and experiences of teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities, the skills and characteristics of the students they teach, and their...

  • Teaching Exceptional Children

    1/1/05
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    The First Eight Years: giving kids a foundation for lifetime success

    1/1/13 - The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    As a nation, we do not invest enough in our children’s early years. In fact, federal spending on children is lowest when they are young, even though most brain development occurs during this period.

  • The Mind Shift in Teacher Evaluation: Where We Stand - and Where We Need to Go

    Minnici, Angela

    The teaching profession today is full of contradictions: Teach the whole child, but focus on specific needs. Integrate 21st-century technology, yet go back to the basics. While often cited as one of the most rewarding professions, teaching is demanding, technically challenging, and more closely scrutinized by the public than ever. Although we better understand how children learn and how to support and develop educators, teachers today report more dissatisfaction with their jobs and are less...

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