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    Underperforming schools and the education of vulnerable children and youth

    1/2/09 - Lisa Walker, Cheryl Smithgall

    "This brief presents findings from several Chapin Hall studies on vulnerable children and youth to raise the issue of what it would mean to improve academic achievement in underperforming schools. Vulnerable children and youth are those who experience crises or disruptions in their lives, often accompanied by parental absence or inability to meet their needs, such that they are likely to become involved with public systems. The brief provides evidence that a disproportionate number of these...

  • Using Correlational and Prediction Data to Enhance Student Achievement in K-12 Schools: A Practical Application for School Counselors

    1/1/06 - Ware, William B., Galassi, John P.

    Correlational data and regression analysis provide the school counselor with a method to describe growth in achievement test scores from elementary to high school. Using Microsoft Excel,, this article shows the reader in a step-by-step manner how to describe this growth pattern and how to evaluate interventions that attempt to enhance achievement and to reduce the achievement gap among ethnic groups. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

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    Using data to address equity issues in special education

    1/5/09 - Ashley C. Gibb, Russell Skiba

    The increased use of data, from collection, to organization, to analysis, can seem daunting. Yet this does not have to be the case. Conventions for approaching disproportionality data have been established making the analysis and interpretation of disproportionality data more straightforward. This brief will outline those conventions and provide some tools to determine the most effective ways of collecting, organizing, and presenting disproportionality data. These tools, and the experience...

  • Using explanatory item response models to analyze group differences in science achievement

    1/1/08 - Briggs, Derek C.

    This article illustrates the use of an explanatory item response modeling (EIRM) approach in the context of measuring group differences in science achievement. The distinction between item response models and EIRMs, recently elaborated by De Boeck and Wilson (2004), is presented within the statistical framework of generalized linear mixed models. It is shown that the EIRM approach provides a powerful framework for both a psychometric and statistical analysis of group differences. This is...

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    Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

    1/30/09 - Laura Hamilton , Richard Halverson, Sharnell S. Jackson, Ellen Mandinach, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jeffrey C. Wayman

    As educators face increasing pressure from federal, state, and local accountability policies to improve student achievement, the use of data has become more central to how many educators evaluate their practices and monitor students’ academic progress.Despite this trend, questions about how educators should use data to make instructional decisions remain mostly unanswered. In response, this guide provides a framework for using student achievement data to support instructional decision...

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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,...

  • What are we doing to Middle School English Learners? Findings and recommendations for change from a study of California EL Programs: Researh Report

    1/1/10 - Walqui, A., Koelsch, N., Hamburger, L., Gaarder, D., Insaurrald, A., Schmida, M., Weiss, S., and Estrada, P.

    This two-phase research project, conducted by WestEd and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, aims irst to map the current landscape of programs and interventions for English Learners in districts in California with the highest percentage of ELs in their schools, and then to contextualize through case studies what happens at the middle school and classroom levels. The irst phase of the study presents a broad picture of the education of English Learners in...

  • What does the Research tell us about Teachers Leadership?

    1/1/05 - York-Barr, J. & Duke, K.

    In this age of high accountability, teacher quality is York-Barr, J., & Duke, K. (2004). What do we know receiving more attention than ever before. Research about teacher leadership? Findings from two decades that investigates ways to increase teacher quality is of scholarship. Review of Educational Research 74(3), much needed, making this study a timely addition 255–316. to the literature. Although increases in student achievement related to teacher quality have yet to be...

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    What is scientifically based research on progress monitoring?

    1/5/09 - Fuchs, L.S., Fuchs, D.

    When teachers use systematic progress monitoring to track their students progress in reading, mathematics, or spelling, they are better able to identify students in need of additional or different forms of instruction, they design stronger instructional programs, and their students achieve better. This document first describes progress monitoring procedures for which experimental evidence demonstrates these effects. Then, an overview of the research is presented.

  • Workbook for Improving School Climate: Using your California School Climate Health and Learning Survey data.

    1/1/12 - WestED

    This Workbook is a companion resource to the California School Climate Health and Learning Survey System (Cal– SCHLS) which includes the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), the California School Climate Survey for staff(CSCS), and the California School Parent Surve (CSPS). The CHKS, CSCS, and the CSPS contain a wealth of data that can be used to inform decisions meant to foster school improvement efforts, improve school climate, and enhance student engagement and performance and...

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    Working without a net: How new teachers from three prominent alternate route programs describe their first year on the job

    1/3/09 - National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality,

    Working Without a Net provides additional results from the new-teacher survey conducted by Public Agenda. It focuses on new teachers in high-needs schools, comparing the perspectives of those from traditional teacher education versus those from three alternate-route programs: Teach for America, Troops to Teachers, and The New Teacher Project.

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