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  • Reducing the Gap: Success for All and the Achievement of African American Students

    1/1/06 - Slavin, Robert E., Madden, Nancy A.

    Part of a special issue on research and its impact on educational policy and practice. A study evaluated the efficacy of using the Success for All (SFA) program with African-American students. Data were obtained from over 40 studies. The results indicate that there are two mechanisms by which SFA might reduce the achievement gap. First, the clear, powerful, and widely replicated effects of the program imply that if SFA were disproportionally applied to schools serving many African-American...

  • Reducing the Gap: Success for All and the Achievement of African American Students

    1/1/06 - Slavin, Robert E., Madden, Nancy A.

    Success for All is a comprehensive reform model that uses cooperative learning, tutoring, family support services, and extensive professional development to help high-poverty schools succeed with their students. This article reviews research on Success for All with African American students, focusing on evidence that Success for All reduces the achievement gap between African American and White students. More than 40 studies, including a national randomized experiment, have found positive...

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    Research sheds light on the students most at risk of dropping out – and how to keep students on the “graduation track”

    1/5/09 - Education Commission of the States,

    This document by the Education Commission of the States, sheds light on the students most at risk of dropping out - and how to keep students on the “graduation track”; state policy approaches aimed at keeping students in school; indicators most closely associated with dropping out; and cost/benefit analysis of initiatives that improve graduation rates.

  • Responding to the Quantitative Literacy Gap among Students in Sociology Courses

    1/1/09 - Wilder, Esther Isabelle

    The Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) approach to undergraduate education developed by the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) has been embedded in the undergraduate sociology curriculum at Lehman College, The City University of New York (CUNY), since 2003. This study draws on student and faculty assessment data from the fall 2004 and spring 2006 semesters to evaluate the effectiveness of this initiative. The results show that students...

  • Restructuring High Schools for All Students :Tking inclusin to next level

    1/1/98 - Cheryl M. Jorgensen

    This book points out many of the principles that underlie school reform and restructuring by inclusive education.

  • Rethinking the "Gap": High-Stakes Testing and Spanish-Speaking Students in Colorado

    1/1/05 - Escamilla, Kathy, Chavez, Lorretta, Vigil, Peter

    A study examined high-stakes testing and achievement in relation to Spanish-speaking students in Colorado. Data were obtained from the education department and school districts for school year 2001-2002, from 35 teachers in two districts, and from 14 elementary schools in one district. Findings showed that teachers and policymakers largely believed that an achievement gap existed between Spanish-speaking and other students and that language was problematic. However, the results of the...

  • Review of Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children

    1/1/04 - Cummins, Jim

    This reviewed volume reports the results of a large-scale study of bilingual education conducted in the mid- to late-1990s in Miami, Florida, under a grant from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Oiler & Eilers (and their colleagues who contributed to individual chapters) have made a very substantial contribution to the research literature on bilingual education and bilingual development generally. Their quasi-experimental study is exemplary from a design...

  • Revisiting the Gender Gap

    1/1/08 - Rycik, James A.

    An overview of recent articles on and research into gender issues in middle and high schools is provided.

  • School racial composition and academic achievement: the case of Hmong LEP students in the USA

    1/1/08 - Lee, Moosung, Madyun, Na'im

    The existence of the achievement gap is more than just a black-white issue; contrary to stereotypes, it is a concern within Asian homes. Hmong students underachieve in comparison with many East Asian students. Traditional cultural practices and poverty have been identified as explanatory factors. Our data suggest that a more critical factor might be within-school segregation. Utilising a racial exposure statistic, it was found that the more diverse a school became, the higher the achievement...

  • Schools, achievement, and inequality: a seasonal perspective

    1/1/01 - Alexander, Karl L., Entwisle, Doris R., Olson, Linda S.

    Are there socioeconomic differences in the seasonality of children's learning over the school year and summer months? The achievement gap across social lines increases during the primary grades, as much research indicates, but descriptive analyses and HLM within-person growth models for a representative panel of Baltimore school children demonstrate that the increase can be traced mainly to the out-of-school environment (i.e., influences situated in home and community). School-year verbal...

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    Schoolwide Instructional Design: Clustering students and teachers for optimal early intervening

    1/14/09 - Elaine Mulligan

    Schoolwide Instructional Design reflects a dynamic system that may change throughout the year and from year to year in response to: Students’ needs, Changes in student population, Changes in staffing.

  • Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Perceptions of the Achievement Gap

    1/1/05 - Bol, Linda, Berry, Robert Q., III
  • Six Ways of Looking at the Achievement Gap

    1/1/05 - Daniels, Harvey

    Six thoughts on the achievement gap that resulted from a talk by Katie Haycock, the director of The Education Trust, are provided.

  • Smooth and rough roads to academic achievement: Retention and race/class disparities in high school

    1/1/06 - Moller, Stephanie, Stearns, Elizabeth, Blau, Judith R., Land, Kenneth C.

    Educational and psychological researchers have long debated the relationship between retention and achievement. However, quantitative research on achievement trajectories has neglected this important variable. Given that retention policies are being institutionalized in schools, it is important to understand the relationship between retention and achievement trajectories. We examine the National Education Longitudinal Study, 1988-1992 to determine if reading and mathematical achievement...

  • Social-Emotional Factors Affecting Achievement Outcomes Among Disadvantaged Students: Closing the Achievement Gap

    1/1/02 - Becker, Bronwyn E., Luthar, Suniya S.

    Despite concentrated efforts at improving inferior academic outcomes among disadvantaged students, a substantial achievement gap between the test scores of these students and others remains (Jencks & Phillips, 1998; National Center for Education Statistics, 2000a, 2000b; Valencia & Suzuki, 2000). Existing research used ecological models to document social-emotional factors at multiple levels of influence that undermine academic performance. This article integrates ideas from various...

  • Special Education and the Achievement Gap

    1/1/05 - Harper, Frederick D. ed

    A special section on special education and the achievement gap is provided. Articles discuss African-American student representation in special education programs, increasing positive outcomes for African-American males in special education with the use of guided notes, a case study of the experiences of an African-American male learning mathematics in the traditional and online classroom, and testing, school reform, the No Child Left Behind Act, and implications for students of color in...

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