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  • The Interactive Effects of Race and Teacher Self-Efficacy on the Achievement Gap in School

    1/1/08 - Hines, Mack T., III
  • The knowledge gap: Implications of leveling the playing field for low-income and middle-income children

    1/1/06 - Neuman, Susan B., Celano, Donna

    This study examines children's uses of reading resources in neighborhood public libraries that have been transformed to "level the playing field." Through foundation funding (US$20 million), the public library system of Philadelphia converted neighborhood branch libraries into a technologized modern urban library system, hoping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families by closing the achievement gap. Using a mosaic of ethnographic methodologies, four studies examined...

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    The Madison Story: Vision into Reality –Inclusive, Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Schools

    1/13/09 - Jack Jorgensen, Sue Abplanalp

    This presentation goes over the following topics: Learning About Data Purpose, Collection and Analysis to Create Change; Understanding a Process from Exclusionary Practices to Inclusionary Practices; Discovering Two Effective Change Models; Discovering Teaming Tools; Planning for the Future

  • The Mathematics and Science Achievement Gap Between Resegregated and Desegregated Schools

    1/1/03 - Ikpa, V. W.

    During the 1990s many school districts abandoned school desegregation initiatives and quietly resegregated the public schools. In 1986, the city of Norfolk ended mandated busing for desegregation and returned to neighborhood schools. This shift resulted in the creation of 11 schools that were more than 95 percent African American. After 17 years of resegregation, the achievement gap between resegregated schools and desegregated schools continues to exist. The purpose of this paper is to...

  • The Mean Is Not Enough: Using Quantile Regression to Examine Trends in Asian-White Differences Across the Entire Achievement Distribution

    1/1/09 - Konstantopoulos, Spyros

    A study investigated the achievement gap between Asian American and White students in the lower and upper tails of the academic achievement distribution to clarify whether the achievement gap between the two groups differs by achievement level. Data were obtained from four national probability samples of high school seniors to investigate Asian American-White differences in achievement from 1972 to 1992. Findings revealed that the Asian American-White gap is more evident in mathematics than...

  • The Mean Is Not Enough: Using Quantile Regression to Examine Trends in Asian-White Differences Across the Entire Achievement Distribution

    1/1/09 - Konstantopoulos, Spyros

    Background: In recent years, Asian Americans have been consistently described as a model minority. The high levels of educational achievement and educational attainment are the main determinants for identifying Asian Americans as a model minority. Nonetheless, only a few studies have examined empirically the accomplishments of Asian Americans, and even fewer studies have compared their achievement with other important societal groups such as Whites. In addition, differences in academic...

  • The middle school experience: Effects on the math and science achievement of adolescents with LD

    1/1/98 - Anderman, Eric M.

    Examined the relation between middle school transitions and achievement gaps in math and science between 296 adolescents with and 1,608 adolescents without learning disabilities (LD). An abundance of research (e.g., E. M. Anderman and M. L. Maehr, 1994) indicates that motivation and achievement decline during the early adolescent years, and that this decline is often attributable to the transition from elementary to middle grade schools during early adolescence. Using data from the National...

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    The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2009

    1/31/10 - National Center for Education Statistics,

    "This report presents results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading at grades 4 and 8. Results for students in the nation, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools are reported as average scores and as percentages of students performing at or above three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. Scores are also reported at selected percentiles, showing changes in the performance of lower-, middle-, and...

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    The new digital divide: Where are our girls?

    1/16/09 - Kimberly Scott

    "Despite the presence of the first African American in America’s highest political position, this success does not necessarily cross gender and/or social class boundaries. Importantly, women of color are less likely to enter technology fields than White females (see Goode & Margolis, 2004; Margolis & Fisher, 2003; NSF, 2006) To explain this phenomenon requires consideration of how a girl’s race, gender, social class, context, and community involvement work together to create their...

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    The progress of education reform 2007: Dropout prevention

    1/5/10 - Education Commission of the States,

    While a common assumption is that students drop out of school because of their social background and school behaviors, the findings from these studies demonstrate that schools can exert important organizational effects on students’ decisions to drop out or stay in school. The research included here holds a number of implications for policy

  • The Relationships of Peer Norms, Ethnic Identity, and Peer Support to School Engagement in Urban Youth

    1/1/07 - Shin, Richard, Daly, Bryan, Vera, Elizabeth

    Investigating variables associated with the school success and educational resilience of urban youth of color should be a high priority because of the persistent achievement gap in the United States. The current study examined individual and peer factors' relation to the school engagement of 132 seventh- and eighth-grade students from a diverse public elementary school in a large Midwestern city. The participants ranged in age from 12 to 15 years old. In this study, positive peer norms, peer...

  • Thinking Carefully About Equity and Accountability

    1/1/00 - Scheurich, James Joseph, Skrla, Linda, Johnson, Joseph F.

    Focuses on education in the United States and how children from low-income families, particularly minority families, do not perform as well as children from middle class families. How standardization efforts have met with criticism and approval in their attempts to decrease the learning gap; Suggestion that many educators have given up on children from lower income families; Proposal of ways to deal with the problem using various criteria to develop an effective state program.

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    Tips, Tools & Resources for Local Education Agencies and Early Intervention Providers to Improve Agreement Rates in Resolution Sessions

    1/31/10 - Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education,

    "This resource was developed to provide local education agency personnel and early intervention providers with ideas and strategies on how to improve their resolution meeting agreement rate (Part B Indicator #18, Part C Indicator #12 where applicable). These ideas address the full range of program issues from policy and agreement writing tips to participant involvement and the use of facilitators."

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    Transforming American education: Learning powered by technology

    1/10/10 - Office of Educational Technology,

    "The NETP presents a model of 21st century learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. The plan also identifies far-reaching “grand challenge problems” that should be funded and coordinated at a national level. "

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    Trends in the use of school choice: 1993 to 2007

    1/9/10 - Sarah Grady, Stacey Bielick, Susan Aud

    "This report updates two previous reports: Trends in the Use of School Choice: 1993 to 1999 (Bielick and Chapman 2003) and Trends in the Use of School Choice: 1993 to 2003 (Tice et al. 2006). Using data from the National Household Education Survey (NHES) of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this report examines enrollment trends in public schools (assigned and chosen) and private schools (religious and nonsectarian), from 1993 to 2007, as...

  • Understanding the Gap in Mathematics Achievement of Malaysian Students

    1/1/09 - Ismail, Noor Azina

    Of 46 countries that participated in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study in 2003 (I. V. S. Mullis, M. O. Martin, E. J. Gonzalez, & S. J. Chrostowski, 2004), Malaysia was ranked 10th in international scores of mathematics achievement for 8th-grade students. The present author aimed to examine the importance of students' home backgrounds, resources for learning, activities, and attitudes toward learning mathematics in accounting for high student achievement in...

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