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The Influence of Multiple Administrations of a State Achievement Test on Passing Rates for Student Groups
Joseph F. T. Nese, Gerald Tindal, Joseph J. Stevens, Stephen N. Elliott
The stakes of large-scale testing programs have grown considerably in the past decade with the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race To The Top (RTTT) legislations. A significant component of NCLB has been required reporting of annual yearly progress (AYP) of student subgroups disaggregated by sex, special education status, English language proficiency, and race/ethnicity. In...

Mapping the Profit Motive: A Comparative Analysis of For-­Profit and Non-­Profit Charter Schools
William Brett Robertson
For-profit charter schools represent a controversial new market-based education reform (Garcia, Barber, & Molnar, 2009; Conn, 2002). This essay explores how schools operated by for-profit corporations differ from those operated by non-profit organizations. Specifically, do for-profit charter schools locate in demographically distinct areas and serve different student populations than...

High and Low Value-Added Schools. Differential Profiles of Secondary Schools in Baja California (Mexico)
Maria Castro-Morera, Adán Moisés García-Medina, Luis Horacio Pedroza-Zuñiga, Joaquín Caso-Niebla
Contextual value-added models have been serving as a tool for the development of evaluation systems based on accountability. However, the study of school’s contribution after controlling for background characteristics related to the socio-cultural level of students and schools (technically called residuals) can also serve to identify and study the good educational practices of those centers...

Competency Curriculum Reform: The Experience in the Preparatorias Federales por Cooperacion
Cesar Silva Montes
In this article, the effects of curriculum reform in Preparatorias Federales por Cooperacion, driven by the Direccion General del Bachillerato, are analyzed. It´s purpose is to reveal how the curriculum competencies, in order to connect school with labor market in the context of globalization and the knowledge society, are inconsistent with the ideal of educated citizens committed to society....

Motivations for Internationalization of Higher Education: A Study of Multiple Cases in a Higher Education Denominational International System
Everson Muckenberger, Irene Kazumi Miura
One of the reactions or responses of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to globalization has been internationalization. There are studies on motivations or rationales that drive public and private HEIs to internationalization. However, little is known about rationales for internationalization among denominational institutions and even less about denominational HEIs that are part of an...

The Construction of the Pedagogic Political Project: Contributions of Collaborative Action Research
Dirléia Fanfa Sarmento, Cledes Antônio Casagrande
The text analyses the constitutive process of the Pedagogical Political Project (PPP) of a City Department of Education located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), emphasizing the contributions of the collaborative action research while posture that feeds the political commitment, the critical thinking and cooperative relations for the establishment of learning communities. It...

Repercussions of FUNDEF/FUNDEB on Initial Remuneration of Teachers from Pará’s State Public School System
Fabrício Aarão Freire Carvalho
This article aims to analyze the repercussions of FUNDEF/FUNDEB at initial remuneration of education professionals from Pará’s State public school system between 1996 and 2009. It represents a public policy analysis, concentrating its focus on the examination from the implication of funds policy for teaching’s effective valorization in the State. The research came to the conclusion that,...

Examining English Language Arts Common Core State Standards Instruction through Cultural Historical Activity Theory
Jennifer Barrett-Tatum
The English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and corresponding assessments brought about many changes for educators, their literacy instruction, and the literacy learning of their students. This study examined the day-to-day literacy instruction of two primary grade teachers during their first year of full CCSS implementation. Engestrӧm’s Third Generation Cultural Historical Activity...

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