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  • The achievement gap. A comparison of Anglo and Navajo student writing samples

    1/1/02 - Ashmore, Rhea A., Shields, Carolyn M.

    A study compared the writing performance of Anglo and Navajo students. Participants were 122 students in grades 7 and 11 who were required to respond in writing to 30 questions. The results indicated that there was no difference between the Navajo and Anglo children either in the average number of passages containing at least 30 words or in the richness of the content and ideas expressed and that although there was a gap in mechanics in favor of the Anglo students, this gap narrowed between...

  • The Black–White test score gap and early home environment

    1/1/09 - Yeung, Wei-Jun Jean, Pfeiffer, Kathryn M.

    Based on panel data for three age cohorts of children from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we examine how early home environment contributes to black–white achievement gaps at different developmental stages and the extent to which early gaps contribute to later racial achievement gaps. We find large black–white test score differences among children of all ages even before children start formal schooling. Except for the oldest cohort, the gaps for all tests widened when...

  • The black–white test score gap and early home environment

    1/1/09 - Yeung, Wei-Jun Jean, Pfeiffer, Kathryn M.

    Based on panel data for three age cohorts of children from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we examine how early home environment contributes to black¿white achievement gaps at different developmental stages and the extent to which early gaps contribute to later racial achievement gaps. We find large black¿white test score differences among children of all ages even before children start formal schooling. Except for the oldest cohort, the gaps for all tests widened when children¿s...

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    The children born in 2001 at kindergarten entry: First findings from the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B): First Look

    1/30/09 - Kristin Denton Flanagan, Cameron McPhee, Gail Mulligan

    "Using data from the final two rounds of the ECLS-B, a longitudinal study begun in 2001, this First Look provides a snapshot of the demographic characteristics, reading and mathematics knowledge, fine motor skills, school characteristics, and before- and after-school care arrangements of the cohort at the time they first began kindergarten. Information has been collected from and about these children when they were 9 months old, 2 years old, 4 years old, and at kindergarten entry. This...

  • The gender gap in math: Its possible origins in neighborhood effects

    1/1/94 - Entwisle, Doris R., Alexander, Karl L., Olson, Linda Steffel

    Examined whether different experiences of boys and girls in elementary school might lay the groundwork for a gender gap that emerges later in mathematics. A contextual analysis was conducted of data gathered for a 399 children in their 1st 2 yrs of school and from interviews with parents. Ss' math scores were examined again in their 8th yr of school. Boys' gains in math reasoning achievement were more sensitive to resources outside the home than were girls' gains. In line with the greater...

  • The MILE Guide Milestones for Improving Learning and Education

    1/1/09 - Box, J., Burkhardt, G., Fadel, C., Hurley, K., Trilling, B., and Wilson, J. , Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    The MILE Guide helps districts determine where they are on the spectrum of 21st century skills integration and then use that information to plan a path for future work that brings 21st century skills in their systems of learning. No 21st century skills implementation can be successful without developing core academic subject knowledge and understanding among all students. Students who can think critically and communicate effectively must build on a base of core academic subject knowledge...

  • The persistence of preschool effects: Do subsequent classroom experiences matter?

    1/1/07 - Magnuson, Katherine A., Ruhm, Christopher, Waldfogel, Jane

    Using rich longitudinal data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten cohort (ECLS-K), we find that children who attended preschool enter public schools with higher levels of academic skills than their peers who experienced other types of child care (effect size of .14). This study considers the circumstances under which the preschool advantage persists, that is, the types of classrooms in which students who did not attend preschool "catch up" to their counterparts who did...

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    Treating different teachers differently

    1/30/10 - Chait, Robin, Miller, Raegen

    "The paper tackles what we are calling “infrastructure” or the foundation needed for states to use information about teachers,3 such as robust data systems, professional standards for teaching, and rigorous evaluation systems. It then describes how states might better coordinate their policies on evaluation, tenure, and licensure. Finally, it outlines strategies for leveraging the expertise of highly effective teachers, working proactively with moderate performers to improve their...

  • 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...

  • Up to the Challenge: The Role of Career and Technical education and 21 century Skills in college and career readiness

    1/1/10 - Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    College and career readiness is the new direction for K–12 education. Preparing students to transition prepared for college and without remediation to postsecondary education or to careers. Integrating 21st careers that pay a living wage, or both, is the ultimate century skills and career and aim of federal and state education policies, initiatives technical education into the and funding. entire education system can Very few K–12 schools can meet this goal for make this a...

  • Vitural Schools and 21st Century Skills

    1/1/06 - The North American Council for Online Learning and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    Online learning through virtual schools is one of the most important advancements in attempting to rethink the effectiveness of education in the United States. The virtual school provides access to online, collaborative and self-paced learning environments – settings that can facilitate 21st Century skills. Today's students must be able to combine these skills with the effective use of technology to succeed in current and future jobs. The full promise of virtual learning is...

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    Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in the Classroom

    1/2/09 - Christianne Corbett, Catherine Hill, Andresse St. Rose

    Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education makes clear that girls’ gains have not come at the expense of boys. In addition, the report goes beyond gender to look at other factors that influence student achievement—specifically family income level and race/ethnicity—and finds that many girls as well as boys are not acquiring the educational skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy. This report illustrates that while educational trends for both girls and...

  • 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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    Your Child Has a First-Year Teacher—How Will the School Provide Support?

    1/1/12 - National Center to Inform Policy and Practice

    Many school districts provide induction support for beginning teachers—including special education teachers—to help them hone their instructional skills and become a part of the school culture. Learn more about the types of support that help beginning special education teachers thrive.

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