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  • Disparities Within: Unequal Spending and Achievement in an Urban School District

    1/1/03 - Condron, Dennis J., Roscigno, Vincent J.

    The debate over whether educational spending shapes achievement has persisted for decades, largely because of methodological and analytical limitations associated with the use of district-level data. In this study, the authors analyzed unique within-district variations in spending and achievement among 89 public elementary schools in a large, North Central, urban district. The analyses reveal considerable disparities in spending within the district, which are linked to local patterns of...

  • Earnings Gap Between College and High School Grads Reaches Highest Point in 48 Years

    2/11/14 - Yen, Hope

    The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor's degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It's a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. Young adults with just a high-school diploma earned 62 percent of the typical salary of college graduates. That's down from 81 percent in 1965, the earliest year for which comparable data are available.

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    Educating English language learners at the high school level: A coherent approach to district- and school-level support

    1/3/09 - National High School Center,

    The development of state policy to promote academic achievement for ELLs is critical to improving educational outcomes and consistent with the goals of increasing high school graduation rates and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Recent research indicates that states have multiple opportunities to take the initiative in supporting school systems and schools in their efforts to keep ELLs on track to meet postsecondary success.

  • Education Department changes charter school lottery rules

    1/29/14 - Strauss; Valerie

    The Education Department on Wednesday released new guidance that allows charter schools receiving federal funds to change their student admissions lotteries so that low-income and educationally disadvantaged students can have more weight in an effort to create more integrated schools.

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    Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008

    1/28/10 - Lucinda Gray, Nina Thomas , Laurie Lewis

    This First Look report presents data from a fall 2008 Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey of public schools on the availability and use of educational technology. This includes information on computer hardware and Internet access, availability of staff to help integrate technology into instruction and provide timely technical support, and perceptions of educational technology issues at the school and district level.

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    Empowering Parents

    1/1/05 - Washington Educational Telecommunications Association

    Reading is a critical skill for everyone. From the moment your child is born, there are simple things you can do to help him become a good reader. You can also watch for signs that he may have trouble learning to read, so that you can get help early.

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    Engaging the voices of students: a report on the 2007 and 2008 High School Survey of Student Engagement

    1/23/09 - Ethan Yazzie-Mintz

    "This report is designed to provide an overview of the data so that educators, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, beyond the group of HSSSE participating schools, have access to the picture of student engagement generated by HSSSE and insight into the thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions of the 134,706 students from a variety of schools across the United States who participated in HSSSE 2007 and 2008. First, the report provides profiles of schools and respondents from HSSSE 2007 and...

  • 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...

  • Evidence of Learning at Seattle's South Shore School

    11/1/13

    In the 2011-2012 school year, South Shore enrolled approximately 700 students in grades pre-K through 8. Students at South Shore are predominantly African-American and Asian and are drawn mostly from southeastern Seattle.

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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...

  • Framing African American students' success and failure in urban settings: A typology for change

    1/1/08 - Lewis, Chance W., James, Marlon, Hancock, Stephen, Hill-Jackson, Valerie

    Grounded in critical race theory, this article seeks to frame the ideological positions of success and failure for African American students in urban school settings. First, we revisit national data and research literature that illustrate the ongoing urban Black-White achievement gap. Second, the Matrix of Achievement Paradigms is shared in an attempt to advance the conversation on African American students' achievement. It provides a serviceable organizational tool for framing African...

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    Gaining ground in the middle grades: Why some schools do better

    1/9/10 - Trish Williams, Michael W. Kirst, Edward Haertel, Matthew Rosin, Mary Perry, Ben Webman, Kathy Wilson, Rebecca Payne, Kathryn Morgan Woodward

    "This study contributes to the field by identifying a broad range of traditional and newer middle grade policies and practices, and determining in California which of these differentiate higher- from lower-performing schools serving similar student populations, with performance measured by the state’s standards-based tests."

  • High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science

    4/23/14 - St. George, Donna

    Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation’s high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app. In a world that went digital long ago, computer science is not a staple of U.S. education, and some schools do not even offer a course on the subject, including 10 of 27 high schools in Virginia’s Fairfax...

  • Impact of attitudes of peers on language achievement: Gender differences

    1/1/07 - Van de Gaer, Eva, Pustjens, Heidi, Van Damme, Jan, De Munter, Agnes

    The authors examined whether gender differences in language achievement were related not only to gender differences in attitudes toward schooling but also to the attitudes toward schooling of peers (i.e., peers in classes and in schools). The authors used multilevel analysis on data compiled from a longitudinal research project in secondary education. The primary results revealed that all boys who had negative school-related attitudes were underachievers in language. Furthermore, boys were...

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    Impacts of a Violence Prevention Program for Middle Schools: Findings From the First Year of Implementation

    1/16/10 - Suyapa Silvia , Jonathan Blitstein , Jason Williams , Chris Ringwalt , Linda Dusenbury , William Hansen

    "A new evaluation of a violence prevention program for middle schools finds that after one school year, there were no statistically significant impacts on how often students reported that they were victimized by their peers, or committed violence against their peers. In addition, there were no statistically significant impacts of the program on a number of other outcomes such as how often students' reported positive behavior toward their peers or on their perceptions of school safety. The...

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    Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

    1/28/11 - Shanahan, T., Callison, K., Carriere, C., Duke, N. K., Pearson, P. D., Schatschneider, C., &, Torgesen, J.

    The fundamental assumption in this guide is that the objective of reading instruction is to give young readers the tools they need to understand increasingly sophisticated material in all subjects from elementary through later years of school. The practices recommended in this guide are therefore not an end in themselves, but the means to developing sound ability in reading comprehension. With this principle in mind, teachers should prepare their reading lessons in a way that encourages...

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