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    Effective practices for English Language Learners: Principals from five states speak

    1/28/10 - Mabel O. Rivera, David J. Francis, Magdalena Fernandez, Ani C. Moughamian, Julia Jergensen, Nonie K. Lesaux

    "This document addresses questions about how best to assist students who face the significant dual challenge of acquiring the content knowledge necessary for academic success and simultaneously developing their English language competency. Looking at key practices in schools with high populations of non-native speakers of English that have achieved exemplary academic success in their second, acquired language, this document details findings from 49 school principals on nine factors...

  • Effects of single-sex and coeducational schooling on the gender gap in educational achievement

    1/1/08 - Gibb, Sheree J., Fergusson, David M., Horwood, L. John

    This study examined the effects of single-sex and coeducational schooling on the gender gap in educational achievement to age 25. Data were drawn from the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 1265 individuals born in 1977 in Christchurch, New Zealand. After adjustment for a series of covariates related to school choice, there were significant differences between single-sex and coeducational schools in the size and direction of the gender gap...

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    Effects of the implementation of Proposition 227 on the education of english learners, K-12

    1/10/09 - T. B. Parrish, A. Merickel, M. Perez , R. Linquanti, M. Socias, A. Spain, , C. Speroni, P. Esra , L. Brock, D. Delancey

    “In June of 1998, Proposition 227 was passed by 61 percent of the California electorate. The initiative was intended to significantly alter the ways in which the state’s English learners are taught. Proposition 227 requires that English learners be taught ‘overwhelmingly in English’ through sheltered/structured English immersion programs during ‘a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year,’ and then transferred to mainstream English-language...

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    Emerging evidence on improving high school student achievement and graduation rates: The effects of four popular improvement programs

    1/3/09 - Herlihy, C. M., Quint, J.

    The National High School Center released methods for improving low-performing high schools based on some of the most rigorous research currently available in the school reform arena. This research brief identifies lessons learned as well as key practices used to strengthen high schools and is based on evaluations of four widely used high school improvement programs.

  • Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: An Innovative Approach to Prevent High School Failure for At-Risk, Urban African American Girls

    1/1/05 - Bemak, Fred, Chung, Rita Chi-Ying, Siroskey-Sabdo, Linda A.

    Twenty-first-century urban schools face unique challenges in being culturally responsive and providing quality education to culturally diverse and low-income students. The academic achievement gap for low-income and ethnic youth poses the need for new and innovative interventions by educational institutions. School counselors are in a unique position in schools to assume leadership roles in reducing academic disparity. This article discusses the experience of urban youth identified as being...

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    Engagement-based sheltered instruction

    1/9/10 - Intercultural Development Research Association,

    "Are your English language learners meeting state standards and passing required tests? IDRA’s new research-based sheltered instruction model can assist you in improving the academic success of your English language learners."

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    Engaging older youth: Program and City-Level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time

    1/5/10 - Sarah N. Deschenes, Amy Arbreton, Priscilla M. Little, Carla Herrera, Jean Baldwin Grossman, Heather B. Weiss, Diana Lee

    "It’s not just elementary school children who can benefit from strong after-school and other out-of-school time (OST) programs; middle- and high-school students stand to gain as well. But programs have found it is much tougher to recruit older than younger youth and make sure they participate in OST activities regularly. This study looks at almost 200 programs serving mostly disadvantaged young people in six cities that are building systems of out-of-school time programs. Delving into how...

  • Equity and Empathy: Toward Racial and Educational Achievement in the Obama Era

    1/1/09

    Reflecting on the 2008 election, Prudence Carter challenges the popular notion that President Obama's victory is symbolic of a postracial society in the United States. Citing statistics about the opportunity gap that still exists in our nation's schools -- as well as the recent Supreme Court cases that served to halt racial desegregation -- Carter argues that we must continue to push for truly integrated schools, where black and Latino students are provided with the resources, high...

  • Eradicating the Achievement Gap: History, Education, and Reformation

    1/1/08 - Allen, Sharonda

    The article discusses how the achievement gap can be abolished through tracing the roots of public school education, a curriculum applicable to all students and through reform efforts of educators. Senior fellow of the J. McDonald Williams Institute defined achievement gap as examining differences in racial and socioeconomic factors affecting student achievement in U.S. schools. An overview of the suggestions for reform efforts of educators is offered. The author suggests that educators must...

  • Evaluating the elimination of disparities: issues and approaches to health status and outcomes assessment

    9/1/98 - Wells, Barbara L., Conviser, Richard

    Part of a special issue on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Most HRSA evaluation activities are funded through the 1 percent evaluation set-aside authority, and these are most closely examined within the agency. The framework for planning and creating priorities for evaluation studies is provided by agency, bureau, and program strategic plans, in addition to Department of Health and Human Services priorities. Studies that determine the extent to which HRSA is...

  • Examining Disparities in Mathematics Education: Achievement Gap or Opportunity Gap?

    1/1/07 - Flores, Alfinio

    The so-called achievement gap in mathematics is reframed as a problem of unequal opportunities to learn experienced by many low-income students and many Latino and African American students. First, data are presented showing striking and persistent differences on standardized tests among students of different ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels. Then evidence is presented demonstrating that opportunities to learn mathematics are not equally distributed among all students. Specifically...

  • Examining the "Model Minority Myth": A Review of "Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap among Korean American Youth"

    1/1/08 - Amos, Yukari Takimoto
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    Expanded Learning Time by the Numbers

    1/23/10 - Center for American Progress,

    "Expanding learning time, or ELT, in schools is a core strategy on the national education reform agenda as policymakers and educators recognize that the standard school calendar does not fit many students’ needs. Most U.S. students attend school for an average of 6.5 hours a day, for 180 days a year. This is not nearly enough time for many students, particularly those who are English language learners and those who start the school year learning below their grade level."

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    Expanded time, enriching experiences: Expanded learning time schools and community organization partnerships

    1/1/10 - Kathleen Traphagen, Christine Johnson_Staub

    "We chose to study four standard district public schools in Massachusetts and one public charter school in New Jersey. We focused on Massachusetts because it is the only state where ELT is a statewide, publicly funded initiative. The Massachusetts ELT initiative is administered by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or ESE, and supported by a unique public-private partnership with the nonprofit intermediary Massachusetts 2020. We were interested in examining how...

  • Family Must Be a Part of the Solution in Closing the Achievement Gap

    1/1/08 - Darling, Sharon

    The writer endorses family literacy programs as a tool for closing the achievement gap. He cites research demonstrating the effectiveness of such programs.

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    FAQ: Using Title I of ESEA for early education

    1/1/10 - Hannah Matthews, Danielle Ewen

    "This FAQ provides answers to commonly asked questions on the use of Title I of ESEA funds for early education. Answers are based on the authors’ understanding of the ESEA law and ED guidance on Title I to date."

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