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  • High-Stakes Testing: Does the California High School Exit Exam Measure Up?

    1/1/05 - Callet, Valerie J.

    In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act. In addition to providing additional funding for schools and encouraging local autonomy, the new law focuses on accountability in an attempt to close the achievement gap for all students, leaving no child behind. Perhaps the most striking manifestation of Bush's new law is the amplified attention on high-stakes testing as a means to demonstrate accountability. The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is California's...

  • How California Local Education Agencies evaluate teachers and principals

    1/1/12 - White, M.E., Makkonen, R., Vince, S., Bailey, J.

    In the context of an emerging national focus on evaluating school personnel, the 2009 federal State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program requires that states collect data from all local education agencies about their practices for evaluating teachers and principals. In response, the California Department of Education designed and administered the California Teacher and Principal Evaluation Survey, the state’s irst comprehensive data collection efort focused on teacher and...

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    How FPG Got It’s Groove: The Abecedarian Story

    1/5/09 - Pam Winton, Virginia Buyss, Catherine Hamrick

    The Abecedarian project was a carefully controlled scientific study of the potential benefits of early childhood education for poor children. Children from low-income families received full-time, high-quality educational intervention in a childcare setting from infancy through age 5. Each child had an individualized prescription of educational activities. Educational activities consisted of ‘games’ incorporated into the child's day. Activities focused on social, emotional, and...

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    Implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Support

    1/13/09 - Rob Horner, George Sugai, Anne Todd

    This presentation specifically focuses on implementation planning, evaluation and overcoming barriers to school-wide PBS.

  • Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 through 8: A practice Guide

    1/1/12 - Woodward, J., Beckmann, S., Driscoll, M., Franke, M., Herzig, P., Jitendra, A., Koedinger, K.R., & Ogbuehi, P., U.S. Department of Education

    This section provides information about the role of evidence in Institute of Education Sciences’ (IES) What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guides. It describes how practice guide panels determine the level of evidence for each recommendation and explains the criteria for each of the three levels of evidence (strong evidence, moderate evidence, and minimal evidence).The level of evidence assigned to each recommendation in this practice guide represents the panel’s judgment of the...

  • Improving Teacher Quality: A Guide for Education Leaders

    2/16/14 - Laine, Sabrina; Sherratt, Ellen; Lasagna, Molly

    Improving Teacher Quality: A Guide for Education Leaders addresses the specific roles education leaders have in ensuring that each classroom has the most effective teacher. Each chapter is tailored to an individual audience and focuses on the key policies they can influence. Improving Teacher Quality includes vignettes, strategies, and realistic action steps to give readers a jumping off point to begin what can seem like an overwhelming endeavor. Every chapter ends with a checklist to...

  • LAGGING LITERACY

    1/1/01 - Christie, Kathy

    Focuses on efforts to improve literacy rates in the United States. Results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress report, which indicated an increasing gap between higher and lower scoring students; Mention of statistics regarding international literacy levels; Assertion that the U.S. needs to improve literacy standards, assessment and intervention programs; Example of the Texas Reading Initiative and other research-based programs for teaching reading.

  • Linking Teacher Evaluation to Professional Development: Focusing on Improving Teaching and Learning.

    1/1/12 - Goe, L., Biggers, K., and Croft, A. , U.S. Department of Education

    Recently, teacher evaluation has become a major focus in educational policy debates and research efforts. This increased attention to teacher evaluation has raised questions about the relationship between evaluation and student outcomes. Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain (2005) and others have demonstrated with value-added research that there are sizeable differences among teachers in their ability to help students learn at high levels—not just across schools but within schools. These...

  • Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships

    1/1/03 - Laura Lipton, Ed. D and Bruce Wellman, M. Ed
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    Methods for assessing racial/ethnic disproportionality in special education: A technical assistance guide

    1/5/09 - Data Accountability Center,, Westat,

    “Many different methods of calculating disproportionality exist. Each of these methods represents a different way of reporting the same data, and each answers a different question about racial/ethnic representation in special education. This technical assistance guide focuses on two of the more common methods: composition and risk. (The authors) also discuss the risk ratio as a means for comparing risk. This technical assistance guide summarizes how to apply each of these methods...

  • Monetary incentives in support of academic achievement: Results of a randomized field trial involving high-achieving, low-resource, ethnically diverse urban adolescents

    1/1/05 - Spencer, Margaret Beale, Noll, Elizabeth, Cassidy, Elaine

    Significant resources have been directed at understanding and alleviating the achievement gap in education. Most programs focused on this aim rely on a top-down approach, including funding for infrastructure improvement, curriculum development, class size, and teacher salaries. This article presents findings from a randomized field trial that evaluates a bottom-up approach in which high-achieving students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds from poor families are given monetary...

  • Narrowing the Gap?

    1/1/08 - Howie, Sarah ed, Plomp, Tjeerd ed

    A special issue based on the secondary analysis of data from the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study focusing on gaps between subgroups is presented. This special issue consists of five articles that look at subgroups in an individual country and study differences in performance in math and science between those groups as well as one article that takes a multinational approach to analyzing trends in gender differences.

  • On becoming a school leader: A person -centered challenge

    1/1/99 - Arthur W. Combs; Ann .B. Miser; Katherine S.Whitaker

    Section I of this book describes why it is important for school leaders to understand how people's belief systems drive their personal and professional behaviour. Section II focuses on the need for school leaders to understand how and why people respond to,or resist,change. Section II focuses on how organizations influence peerson-centered leadership and how leaders, in turn, influence organizations.

  • P21 Common Core Toolkit: A guide to aligning the common core state standards with the framework for 21 century skills

    Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    To.succeed.in.the.21st.century,.all.students.will.need.to.perform.to. high.standards.and.acquire.mastery.of.rigorous.core.subject.material.. elements of the American All.students.also.will.need.to.gain.the.cognitive.and.social.skills.that. educational system — enable.them.to.deal.with.the.complex.challenges.of.our.age..The. Partnership.for.21st.Century.Skills.(P21).Framework.for.21st.Century. the curricula that schools ...

  • Pathways to Understanding: Patterns and Practices in the Learning-Focused Classroom

    1/1/00 - Laura Lipton, Ed. D and Bruce Wellman, M. Ed
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    Practical guidelines for the education of English language learners: Research-based recommendations for the use of accomodations in large scale assessments.

    1/5/09 - Francis, D., Rivera, M. , Lesaux, N., Kieffer, M., Rivera, H.

    Book 3 of 3: This book, released in October 2006, is the third in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners. NCLB has increased awareness of the academic needs and achievement of ELLs as schools, districts, and states are held accountable for teaching English and content knowledge to ELLs. ELLs present a unique set of challenges to educators because of the central role played by academic language proficiency in the acquisition and assessment of...

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