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Clarke, Frederick C.; Burt, Walter L. – Education and Urban Society, 2019
Charter schools in urban environments have been scrutinized for their effectiveness. This study attempted to determine whether students attending Midwestern urban charter schools outperformed students in traditional schools on the state's accountability system over a 5-year time period. Using a quasi-experimental research design, data were…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Attendance, Urban Schools, Transfer Students
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Agirdag, Orhan; Merry, Michael S.; Van Houtte, Mieke – Education and Urban Society, 2016
The bulk of scholarship on multicultural education continues to focus exclusively on U.S. education. Previous studies published in this field also have focused largely on topics that are considered relevant for the United States, whereas little attention has been paid to topics that are less problematized in the United States. In this mixed-method…
Descriptors: Course Content, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Multicultural Education
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Genao, Soribel – Education and Urban Society, 2015
Students across the nation are encountering more and more difficulties in their transition to high school. Not only are a significant number of students dropping out, but those who stay are also leaving high school without the skills they need to become productive citizens. Several intervention strategies are recommended to help students make a…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Middle School Students, High School Students, Principals
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Franco, M. Suzanne; Seidel, Kent – Education and Urban Society, 2014
Value-added approaches for attributing student growth to teachers often use weighted estimates of building-level factors based on "typical" schools to represent a range of community, school, and other variables related to teacher and student work that are not easily measured directly. This study examines whether such estimates are likely…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Models, Computation
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Hilberth, Michele; Slate, John R. – Education and Urban Society, 2014
Disciplinary consequences assigned to all Texas middle school Black and White students ("n" = 172,551 Grade 6 students; 173,671 Grade 7 students; 175,730 Grade 8 students) for the 2008-2009 school year were analyzed to determine the extent to which statistically significant differences were present between the proportion of Black…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Discipline, Suspension, African American Students
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Heineke, Amy J.; Cameron, Quanna – Education and Urban Society, 2013
This qualitative study explored Teach for America (TFA) alumni teachers' discourse on Arizona language policy, conducted with eight teachers in the Phoenix metropolitan area who received their professional teacher preparation from TFA, a national organization that uses alternative paths to certification to place teachers in low-income schools.…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, State Policy, Alternative Teacher Certification, Disadvantaged Schools
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Ice, Christa L.; Hoover-Dempsey, Kathleen V. – Education and Urban Society, 2011
A notable increase in the number of U.S. families choosing to homeschool their children in recent years has underscored the need to develop more systematic knowledge about this approach to education. Drawing on a theoretical model of parental involvement as well as research on families' social networks, this study longitudinally examines home- and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Home Schooling, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement
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Garas-York, Keli – Education and Urban Society, 2010
This study of the impact of the homeschool connection on achievement was part of a larger interpretive case study which examined high achieving readers in a low performing school. The primary participants in the study were 7 African American 6th graders. Caregivers' thoughts on education and their aspirations for their children were examined…
Descriptors: Grade 6, African American Students, Academic Aspiration, Caregiver Attitudes
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Theriot, Matthew T.; Dupper, David R. – Education and Urban Society, 2010
The transition from elementary to middle school is difficult for many students. However, the association between such transitions and changes in the types and frequencies of student discipline problems has not been adequately investigated. Using data from two school years, infractions and dispositions for all 5th-grade students (N = 4,196) from…
Descriptors: Discipline Problems, Suspension, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior
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Hanlon, Thomas E.; Simon, Betsy D.; O'Grady, Kevin E.; Carswell, Steven B.; Callaman, Jason M. – Education and Urban Society, 2009
The present study reports on the effectiveness at one-year follow-up of an after-school prevention program targeting 6th grade African American youth residing in high-risk urban areas. The program, conducted on-site over the school-year period, involved a group mentoring approach emphasizing remedial education and an appreciation of African…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Prevention, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement
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Garcia, David R. – Education and Urban Society, 2008
This article focuses on how parental school choices affect the degree of racial and academic segregation in charter schools. The research design allows for a direct comparison of the racial and academic conditions of the district schools students exited to the charter schools they entered. Parents choose to leave more racially integrated district…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Racial Composition, School Choice, School Segregation
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Abella, Rodolfo – Education and Urban Society, 2006
In accordance with the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), students attending public schools that receive failing grades are eligible to receive vouchers to attend a higher performing public or private school. An analysis of standardized test performance across a 2-year period compared students attending "F" schools to…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Scholarships, Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests