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  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Examining the Role of Cognitive Developmental Level in Academic Achievement

    1/1/06 - Cooper, Jennifer A., Schleser, Robert

    The achievement gap in mathematics between African American and Caucasian students has been observed for several decades, though previous research has been unable to fully explain why the gap exists. Using a sample of 56 kindergarten and first grade students, this study examined the role that cognitive developmental level plays in the achievement gap. Results indicated that African American students scored significantly lower than the Caucasian students on a test of mathematical achievement...

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    Closing the Achievement Gap:What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind

    1/2/09 - Pedro Noguera

    Examines multiple issues around the achievement gap and how to affect it.

  • Closing the Gap With Summer Reading

    1/1/09 - Metz, Steve

    The author emphasizes the value of summer reading programs to students. He claimed that summer learning or reading programs are an essential factor in student learning. He cited a research on the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth which can be attributed to access to summer learning programs. The author argued that summer reading should be an integral part of lifelong learning and personal growth.

  • College Student Eligibility

    2/6/14 - Lower-Basch, Elizabeth; Lee, Helly

    Even after accounting for all financial aid, many low-income college students have thousands of dollars of unmet need, even when they attend low-cost institutions such as community colleges. This need often leads students to drop out of college, or to work so many hours that it interferes with their attendance and success in classes. This is one of the factors that contribute to low rates of college completion, especially by low-income and other non-traditional students.

  • Correlates of Mexican American students' standardized test scores: An integrated model approach

    1/1/07 - Morales, M. Cristina, Saenz, Rogelio

    The use of standardized testing to evaluate academic achievement is a widely debated topic. Despite controversies, standardized testing is used in all educational levels from elementary school to college entrance examinations. One of the ethnic groups particularly affected by this is the Mexican-origin population. An integrated model (individual, family, peer, and institutional factors) is used to enhance our understanding of the disparity in standardized mathematic test scores between...

  • CPS wants to ease discipline policy at charters

    2/7/14 - Ahmed-Ullah, Noreen S.

    Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday that they are starting to see success in efforts to dismantle a much-criticized zero-tolerance policy toward discipline and want to expand initiatives to reduce student suspensions to privately run charter schools.

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    Desired Family Outcomes of the Early Childhood Transition Process

    1/19/09 - Gloria Harbin, Beth Rous, Nancy Peeler, Joneen Schuster, Katherine McCormick

    "Transitions are often watershed events that present challenges for all young children and their families. However transitions from one environment or program to another are often particularly stressful and frustrating for families of young children with disabilities...Perhaps one reason for continued problems in the area of transition is the absence of aligning evidence-based practice with a set of clearly defined outcomes of transition. This requires a more systematic understanding of the...

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    Developing the whole child: An evaluation of the Latino after-school initiative

    1/5/09 - Diez, V.

    This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Latino After-School Initiative (LASI), an umbrella organization that provides funding, educational guidelines, staff development, and networking opportunities to after-school programs in the Greater Boston area. LASI funds seven Latino-led after-school programs servicing children ages 7-14. The programs are located in Lynn, Cambridge, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Chelsea. LASI was established in 2001 by the United Way of Massachusetts...

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    Developmental Delay

    1/18/09 - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities,

    Think of all the skills that children have to learn when they come into the world: smiling, turning over, responding to people, communicating, eating solid food, crawling, standing, and on and on. We expect these skills to emerge naturally over time and know more or less when they should. At 3 months, Susana will probably be doing this, at 4 months, she’ll be doing that. By a year, well, she’ll be tottering around, getting into everything. This time-table for skills to emerge is commonly...

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    Diploma options for students with disabilities: Synthesis of the NCEO document

    1/5/09 - Berdette, P

    The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has conducted four studies of state graduation requirements for students with disabilities. This document synthesizes findings reported in NCEO’s most recent 2007 study, Revisiting Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities: A National Study, and the comparisons they made to findings from 2002.1 The purpose of the NCEO national study was to describe current variations across states in high school exit exam...

  • Discipline and Diplomas: Keeping Students at Their Desks

    4/24/14 - Waite, Cyndi

    In an address to the nation, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, acknowledged that under current school discipline policies across the nation, students of color and those with disabilities are far more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white counterparts. According to the Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline, African American students are three times more likely to be suspended than white students, even when they commit similar offenses. The new guidance encourages...

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    Do immigrants differ from migrants? Disentangling the impact of mobility on High School completion and performance

    1/10/09 - Stiefel, L., Schwartz, A.E., Conger, D.

    While previous evidence finds that foreign-born students perform better than native-born students in their elementary and middle school years, policymakers and practitioners continue to raise concerns about educational outcomes of immigrants who come to the United States in their high school years. Are late entering students able to graduate from high school in a timely manner or do they fall behind? How does their success compare to late entering native-born students - that is, migrant...

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    Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners

    1/14/09 - Deborah J. Short, Shannon Fitzsimmons

    This report explores challenges to improving the literacy of adolescent ELLs who must complete double the work of native English-speaking students and still reach the same performance standards. In response to these challenges, the report presents recommendations for meeting ELLs’ varying literacy needs, taking into account their educational background, native language literacy, and socioeconomic status. Double the Work is informed by expert advice and a review of relevant literature and...

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    Dual-language programs in U.S. schools: An alternative to monocultural, monolingual education

    1/5/09 - Eugene Garcia, Bryant Jensen

    "Dual Language (DL) programs are relatively new in the United States. After the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1994, a large federal effort related to the education of dual language students was launched. It was at this point that the US Department of Education promoted the development of educational programs whose goal was dual language competency for both language minority students speaking a non-English home language as well as for students whose...

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    Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Four State Case Studies

    1/26/10 - Kimberly Moherek Sopko

    "This in-depth policy analysis provides a background of the early childhood mental health (ECMH) focus of many organizations and legal elements of why it is essential that children with disabilities be included in a comprehensive mental health system. Findings from interviews with four state early childhood staff (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B section 619 and Part C staff) were conducted around select components of mental health: Connecticut – consultation...

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    Early interactions with children who are deaf-blind

    1/5/09 - Deborah Gleason

    This fact sheet presents numerous ways you can interact with your young child and offers practical suggestions for giving your child consistent sensory cues. This fact sheet suggests ways you can recognize and then respond to your child's responses and also includes techniques that encourage exploration of the environment.

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