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Adelson, Jill L.; Kelcey, Benjamin – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
In this commentary of "Evaluating the Gifted Program of an Urban School District Using a Modified Regression Discontinuity Design" by Davis, Engberg, Epple, Sieg, and Zimmer, we examine the background of the study, critique the methods used, and discuss the results and implications. The study used a fuzzy regression discontinuity design…
Descriptors: Special Education, Gifted, Program Evaluation, Regression (Statistics)
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Warne, Russell T. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
Card and Giuliano conducted a regression discontinuity study in a large Florida school district to investigate the magnitude of academic benefits of the district's gifted program. They found that for children identified as gifted through an intelligence test, the program provided few or no benefits. But children who were admitted to the gifted…
Descriptors: Special Education, Gifted, Program Evaluation, Educational Research
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Moon, Tonya R. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
Using data from a large southwestern school district, Bui, Craig, and Imberman investigated the effects of gifted and talented programming on middle school students' achievement and behavior (attendance and discipline) through two avenues. Using a regression discontinuity design for the first set of analyses, the authors took advantage of a…
Descriptors: Gifted, Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Magnet Schools
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Kettler, Todd – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
Bui, Craig, and Imberman assessed the impact of gifted and talented programs on student achievement using regression discontinuity and random assignment to gifted magnet schools. In both analyses, they found minimal impact of the gifted and talented programs on student achievement. This commentary addresses two concerns associated with the study.…
Descriptors: Economic Research, Educational Research, Gifted, Special Education
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Gentry, Marcia – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
In this commentary on "Does Sorting Students Improve Scores? An Analysis of Class Composition" (Collins and Gan 2013), the author discusses the findings in Collins and Gan's study on grouping to provide appropriate-level instruction to promote students' academic growth. This commentary critiques the credibility and validity of the…
Descriptors: Scores, Academic Achievement, Credibility, Validity
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Paul, Kristina Ayers; Seward, Kristen K. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
The place-based investment model (PBIM) of talent development is a programming model for developing talents of high-potential youth in ways that could serve as an investment in the community. In this article, we discuss the PBIM within rural contexts. The model is grounded in three theories--Moon's personal talent development theory, Sternberg's…
Descriptors: Talent Development, Place Based Education, Investment, Models
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VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; Hubbard, Gail Fischer – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2016
This article focuses on the educational needs of rural gifted students in respect to their geographic isolation from challenge in the programs, services, and curriculum they receive in typical school settings. After a brief review of the relevant literature, it delineates the components and features of cognitive and metacognitive strategies found…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Educational Needs, Gifted Disadvantaged, Geographic Isolation
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Missett, Tracy C.; Foster, Lisa H. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
In an environment of accountability, the development of evidence-based practices is expected. To demonstrate that a practice is evidence based, quality indicators of rigorous methodology should be present including indications that teachers implementing an intervention have done so with fidelity to its design. Because evidence-based practices…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Intervention, Curriculum
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Steel, Allison; Erhardt, Robert; Phelps, Richard; Upham, Peter – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
We analyzed data from 65 schools that are U.S. members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) to estimate how TABS member school graduates who enter college compare with college entrants from non-boarding schools on several long-term quality-of-life estimates. Although TABS students are more likely to graduate college than the population of…
Descriptors: Boarding Schools, Outcomes of Education, Employment, Income
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Eddy, Colleen M.; Quebec Fuentes, Sarah; Ward, Elizabeth K.; Parker, Yolanda A.; Cooper, Sandi; Jasper, William A.; Mallam, Winifred A.; Sorto, M. Alejandra; Wilkerson, Trena L. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
There exists an increased focus on school mathematics, especially first-year algebra, due to recent efforts for all students to be college and career ready. In addition, there are calls, policies, and legislation advocating for all students to study algebra epitomized by four rationales of the "Algebra for All" movement. In light of this…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Policy, Course Content
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Trinter, Christine P.; Moon, Tonya R.; Brighton, Catherine M. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
The purpose of this qualitative study was to provide empirical evidence of the extent to which the types of tasks recommended by Sheffield for eliciting characteristics of mathematical promise allowed for the manifestation of these characteristics in primary-grade students within a problem-based learning (PBL) context. Data included student work…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving
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Foley-Nicpon, Megan; Assouline, Susan G.; Fosenburg, Staci – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
Researchers investigated the self-concept profiles of twice-exceptional students in relationship to their cognitive ability and participation in educational services. All subjects (N = 64) had high ability (IQ score at or above the 90th percentile) and were diagnosed with either an autism spectrum disorder (ASD; n = 53) or specific learning…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Academic Ability, Exceptional Child Research, Profiles
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Furtwengler, Scott R. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
The present study sought to determine the extent to which participation in a post-secondary honors program affected academic achievement. Archival data were collected on three cohorts of high-achieving students at a large public university. Propensity scores were calculated on factors predicting participation in honors and used as the covariate.…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Academic Achievement, High Achievement
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Swan, Bonnie; Coulombe-Quach, Xuan-Lise; Huang, Angela; Godek, Jaime; Becker, Deborah; Zhou, Yan – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
Researchers used case study methods to investigate a virtual learning lab (VLL) in a rural school district that was created in 2011 as a way to better meet the unique needs of exceptional students who are considered gifted. Data were collected through focus groups, classroom observations, interviews, and reviewing relevant documents. Topics…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Case Studies, Middle School Students, Rural Schools
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Stoddard, Jeremy D.; Tieso, Carol L.; Robbins, Janice I. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
This article presents findings from a large-scale curriculum development, quasi-experimental study. Participating teachers implemented four U.S. history units in their diverse middle-grade classes; these units were developed to engage underachieving students in challenging history and democratic citizenship curriculum and instruction featuring…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Curriculum Development, Underachievement, United States History
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