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McKinney, Stephen – Improving Schools, 2014
Child poverty is a global issue that affects around half the children in the world; it is inextricably bound to the poverty experienced by their parents and families and has been identified by the United Nations as a human rights issue. Child poverty can be a barrier to children and young people accessing school education or achieving any form of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Poverty, Access to Education, Correlation
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Easley, Jacob, II – Improving Schools, 2011
The standards movement in the US has ballooned over the past generation of education reforms to the extent that standards have become a prominent feature of the educational architecture. Most curriculum planning is informed by local, state, and/or interstate content area standards. While the 1980s central focus on the international competitiveness…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Curriculum Development, Equal Education, Academic Achievement
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Levine, Thomas H – Improving Schools, 2011
Scholars and reformers in the United States have called for converting large high schools into smaller units to provide a more effective, personal, and culturally responsive education for all students. Current literature argues that such "conversion high schools" should break into fully autonomous small schools rather than more…
Descriptors: High Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods
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Beese, Jane; Liang, Xin – Improving Schools, 2010
The "PISA 2006 Science Literacy Assessment" results report Finland as the first ranked country out of the 30 developed nations that participated in the testing (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2007). The United States was ranked 21st. Closer examination of school and student variables may help explain these…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Socioeconomic Status, Science Achievement, Teacher Qualifications
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Zion, Shelley D. – Improving Schools, 2009
The education system in the United States is under pressure from a variety of sources to reform and improve the delivery of educational services to students. Change across a system as complex and dynamic as the educational system requires a systemic approach and requires the participation or buy-in of all participants and stakeholders. This…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Student Empowerment, Change Strategies
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Mertler, Craig A. – Improving Schools, 2009
Assessing student performance is one of the most critical aspects of the job of a classroom teacher; however, many teachers in the United States do not feel adequately prepared to assess their students' performance. These feelings of inadequacy are exemplified when placed against the context of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, especially with…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests
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Sailes, JaDora – Improving Schools, 2008
The United States census data report that the nation is becoming more diverse at a rapid rate. Schools reflect these demographical changes by representing multiracial and multiethnic groups whose languages, religions, economics, and abilities are equally diverse. Educational systems often struggle in their efforts to support the needs of…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Change, Academic Achievement, Teacher Education Programs