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Tienken, Christopher H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2014
Out-of-school, community demographic and family-level variables have an important influence on student achievement as measured by large-scale standardized tests. Studies described here demonstrated that about half of the test score is accounted for by variables outside the control of teachers and school administrators. The results from these…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Predictor Variables, Validity
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Tienken, Christopher H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2012
The United States Department of Education (USED) granted 11 states waivers (eight full waivers and three conditional waivers) to provide what the USED termed "flexibility" from meeting some of the requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Much of the flexibility relieves schools from the Adequate Yearly Progress mandate that requires…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement
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Davis, William Jeffrey – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2009
Involving communities in the process of curriculum development may not be novel, but it seems lacking with regard to controversial issues such as lessons on diverse family structures, homosexuality, and other special situations. Disparity in values and convictions can lead one person to support a decision, while another person might hold an…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Opinions, Homosexuality
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Murphy, Jean C. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2005
This paper relates the author's experience with a preservice teacher at Chicago State University. Ms. Young was a bright, intelligent student who demonstrated a high level of skill and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching--so high that she was asked to address the graduating body of student teachers with the notion that her ideals would…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, African American Teachers, Beginning Teachers, African American Students