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The implications of the Qualis journal classification in publication practices in Brazil between 2007 and 2016
Alause Da Silva Pires, Eliseo Berni Reategui, Ana Cristina Xavier França, Eric Bettinger, Sérgio Roberto Kieling Franco
The journal classification system known as Qualis has been used as an indicator of the quality of research carried out in Brazil, as it is an important part of the mechanisms of scientific production evaluation and resource distribution in the country. In this context, this article intends to show how the Qualis classification system, a non-exhaustive list published annually, has induced the...

Multilevel study about the explanatory variables of the results of Mexico in PISA 2015
Alicia Alelí Chaparro Caso López, Adriana Gamazo
This study aims to analyze which student- and school-level context factors have a significant relationship with student achievement in the three competences assessed by PISA 2015 (Reading, Mathematics and Science) in Mexico. Through the use of multilevel modelling, we analyzed data from over 6 700 students from 189 schools, concluding that the factors with a higher impact on achievement are...

General quality of municipal education and the influences of public spending
Joyce Santana Bernardo, Fernanda Maria de Almeida, Ana Carolina Campana Nascimento
The purpose of this study was to quantify and evaluate the quality standard of education of Brazilian municipalities, by means of an indicator of the quality of municipal basic education, and to verify the relation between headings of the public educational budget and this quality of education. Through the Principal Components Analysis, the General Quality Index of Municipal Education (IQGEM)...

A review of state policies on principal professional development
Keith Davis, Deborah Rogers, Martin Harrigan
Although principal professional development (PPD) has been proven to improve school performance at various levels, professional development (PD) for teachers receives more time, resources, and attention at both district and state level. When PPD is provided it often does not meet research-based recommendations. The literature was reviewed and five criteria areas with multiple indicators for...

Diagnosis of academic competitiveness and accreditation of educational programs of the Autonomous University of Baja California, México
José Alfonso Jiménez Moreno, Joaquín Caso Niebla, Carlos David Díaz López
Under the current policy that demands that higher education in Mexico should consider academic competitiveness and the recognition of educational programs within its planning, this article shows a diagnosis of all the 46 academic units of the Autonomous University of Baja California in its three campuses. In accordance with the institutional mission of this university, this article shows four...

Redefining risk: Human rights and elementary school factors predicting post-secondary access
Robert S. Brown, Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, Gillian Parekh
While there is a widespread consensus that students’ pathways towards postsecondary education are influenced early in life, there is little research on the elementary school factors that shape them. Identifying educational ‘risk factors’ directs attention to barriers that may warrant scrutiny or action under human rights legislation. New findings from a unique, longitudinal data set collected...

“NEET” youth: A stigma that blurs the social problems of young people
Juan García-Fuentes, José Saturnino Martínez García
This article is aimed at thinking about NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) youth and at proving experientially that the NEET concept is a way to hide social problems impacting youth because it does not take into account the structural restrictions that lead to this situation. This situation has become a pattern of social imbalance, where the lack of work experience promotes a...

State English learner education policy: A conceptual framework to guide comprehensive policy action
Ilana M. Umansky, Lorna Porter
Given the role of the state as the primary governing level tasked with U.S. public education, combined with the rapid rise in the proportion of students who are identified as English learners (ELs), this manuscript puts forth a framework for state EL education policy. The framework is organized around three core principles of understanding students, providing high quality instruction, and...

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