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  • The Structure and Culture of Information Pathways: Rethinking Opportunity to Learn in Urban High Schools during the Ninth Grade Transition

    1/1/07 - Cooper, Robert, Liou, Daniel D.

    Despite efforts to bridge the racial achievement gap, far too many school children continue to fare poorly in our nation's public schools. Oftentimes urban and low income students are negatively labeled as low-achieving, disadvantaged, and struggling. Because of this, such students frequently receive inferior or deficient information from school officials. This study examines the role of high school counselors as distributors of information and the role they play in influencing students'...

  • The truth about testing: An educator's call to action

    1/1/01 - W. James Popham

    This is a book about educational testing in USA. The main focus of the book is high stakes tests. Much of its content applies to the clasroom assesments teachers routinely generate for their students.

  • UNDERSTANDING HOW U.S. SECONDARY SCHOOLS SORT STUDENTS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES: ARE ALL STUDENTS BEING SERVED EQUALLY?

    1/1/08 - Mayer, Anysia

    This article reviews the current research literature on how secondary schools sort students for instructional purposes. Current sorting practices are based on early American philosophies of schooling where the goal of school was to provide students with different curricula based on preparation for future occupations. The article reviews the research on the educational consequences of tracking as well as the processes school's use to place students in various courses. The article also...

  • Unintended Consequences: African American Male Educational Attainment and Collegiate Perceptions After Brown v. Board of Education

    1/1/08 - Dancy, I. I. T. Elon E., Brown, I. I. M. Christopher

    The nexus between educational attainment and collegiate perceptions for African American male undergraduates after Brown v. Board of Education et al.'s are explored in this study. Terenzini Transitions to College interview protocol was used to assess participants' precollege, in-class, and out-of-class experiences in college. A sample of eight African American men representing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and precollege experiences was interviewed to gauge their sensemaking in two...

  • Unpacking Immigration in Youths' Academic and Occupational Pathways

    1/1/06 - Tseng, Vivian

    This study sought to unpack how immigration is associated with youths' educational choices during the transition to college and adulthood. Surveys and school records were collected on 789 youth (ages 18–25) with Asian Pacific, Latino, African/Afro-Caribbean, and European backgrounds. The results indicated generational differences in educational choices, such that children of immigrants chose courses of study with higher math and science content than that of their peers with U.S.-born...

  • Urban School Achievement Gap as a Metaphor to Conceal U.S. Apartheid Education

    1/1/07 - Cross, Beverly E.

    This article uses the metaphor of the achievement gap to make transparent, discuss, and critique the analytical frame/lens used in the articles to analyze urban education. Doing such an analysis is essential to producing an additional lens that has utility in theory and practice. It facilitates a historical analysis of urban education and leads to creating an argument for the new frame in advancing future work in urban education. This will not represent a response to the articles in the...

  • Using Storytelling to Break the Silence That Binds Us to Sameness in Our Schools

    1/1/06 - Caruthers, Loyce

    This qualitative study explores storytelling as a staff development strategy to break the silence surrounding cultural difference in schools and to view differences as key elements of teaching and learning. Stories, interviews, and observations were the data for constructing meaning of existing school cultures with a long history of promoting reform without attention to constructs of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Findings suggested that (a) stories of urban educators contain historical...

  • Vertical Alignment Ensuring Opportunity to Learn in a Standards-Based System

    1/1/09 - The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

    In response to requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act logical, consistent order for teaching the standards- (NCLB), state policymakers have made concerted efforts to based content in a subject area from one grade level or align state standards with state accountability assessments. course to the next (Case & Zucker, 2005). When strongly aligned and articulated, state standards and assessments can provide a clear and coherent set of Curriculum alignment often has been cited as...

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    Virtual K-12 Public School Programs and Students with Disabilities: Issues and Recommmendations

    1/28/11 - Müller, Eve

    Virtual education is instruction in a learning environment where the teacher and the student are separated by time, space or both; and the teacher provides course content via course management applications, multimedia resources, Internet, video conferencing or other alternatives to traditional face-to-face education. Terms commonly used to describe particular types of virtual education include ‘distance education,’ ‘online learning’ or ‘e-learning’; and ‘blended,...

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    Why program quality matters for early childhood inclusion: recommendations for professional development

    1/3/09 - National Professional Development Center on Inclusion,

    Paper addresses the following: (1) recognized components of global program quality and the quality improvement movement; (2) the need for additional dimensions of program quality to define high quality inclusion, given the growing number of inclusive early childhood programs that serve young children with disabilities and their families (3) recommendations for infusing content on inclusive program quality in professional development using the <span class='abstract_italic'>who</span>, the...

  • “The Information Gap?”

    1/1/06 - Teske, Paul, Fitzpatrick, Jody, Kaplan, Gabriel

    While the “achievement gap” generally and appropriately focuses upon gaps in test scores and other outcome measures, there may also be an “information gap” between higher and lower income parents that creates a disadvantage for lower income families in choosing good schools. In this article, we examine the extent to which there is such a gap, with a focus on data from a new survey of low- and moderate-income parents who have made school choices. We find that, at least in relatively...

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