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Munoz, Marco A.; Prather, Joseph R.; Stronge, James H. – Planning and Changing, 2011
Teacher effectiveness and evaluation using student growth measures is a popular reform strategy in education. Teachers can make a difference in student academic growth, but a question that begs an answer is how to go about measuring this impact. This study examines models of teacher effectiveness and the development of hierarchical linear models…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Elementary Education, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
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Wilkins, Jesse L. M.; Jones, Brett D. – Planning and Changing, 2009
Most U.S. states have developed sophisticated assessment programs to evaluate student achievement and hold schools, teachers, and students accountable for learning important content. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB, 2002) has placed further pressure on educators and administrators to ensure that all students are learning. Yet, some…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, High Stakes Tests, Measurement, Basic Skills
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Partlow, Michelle C. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The issue of school leadership instability and how it affects schools and student achievement has been studied. The question of how to predict turnover of the principal remains an unknown. The purpose of this research was to search for possible relationships between certain contextual variables and principal turnover and to test the independent…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Schools, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Tienken, Christopher H.; Achilles, Charles M. – Planning and Changing, 2003
The purpose of this empirical study was to determine if there was a measurable difference on the content and organization portion of a narrative writing test by a sample of students taught by teachers who received professional development (PD) as compared to students whose teachers did not have this training and thus their students did not receive…
Descriptors: Teacher Behavior, Writing Achievement, Writing Tests, Writing (Composition)