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    • 10 Education, 2010). According to Education Week, the majority of Hispanic and Black males in Utah do not graduate from high school with a standard diploma (Utah Education Facts, 2011). The percentage of dropouts among Hispanic individuals is three...
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    • 15 own education and professional training. More and more states are adopting professional exams to illustrate a teacher’s content knowledge and professional ability; in many states, employment hinges on passing such tests. Pamela Esprivalo Harrell...
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    • 17 strategies and altering attitudes, assessment can and should be a crucial part of all educational endeavors (Brimijoin, 2005). The public tends to look at assessment as a student issue; we need to understand the broad spectrum of people and...
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    • 2 Most Americans think testing is a spurious trend; a new Time poll found that only one out of five people surveyed felt that testing has had a positive effect in schools. But as the tests get better, we are starting to be able to see in the dark ....
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    • 2 Three Score and Ten in Retrospect The pioneer settlement of Coalville was first called Chalk Creek, after a stream that watered the area, but when coal was discovered on the townsite the name was changed. John grew up on stories passed down...
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    • 20 cursive kinesthetically form muscle memories that are stronger than when printing. Next she taught the students to spell (again, before beginning reading instruction) by having the students write the cursive letters on the blackboard. The large...
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    • 21 Kolln and Hancock’s (2005) argument against the anti-grammar movement maintains that as the free-writing trend took off, linguists such as W. Nelson Francis, Harold B. Allen and Noam Chomsky were researching English grammar and discovering...
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    • 22 a lot of teachers are able to dock students points for the misuse of structure with word order, punctuation, or whatever “rule” is broken upon submission of a paper. Now the trend is to find proficiency rather than errors, but if errors aren’t...
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    • 23 in language arts and math. There are 30 math assessment questions and 25 language arts assessment questions. Students can see their score at the end of each assessment. Test items were developed and analyzed by university educational...
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    • 29 school night. Instructor met with parents and explained that their students would be graded individually in all areas and modifications would be made to address any injuries or other concerns. Students and parents were informed that student...
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    • 3 how do assessments impact the parent/teacher perception of charter schools; and three, do teachers use scores from state-mandated assessments evaluate their own performance/success? Research Questions The following questions helped guide the...
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    • 38 Step 9. Observing the students throughout the semester made it possible for the instructor to make sure they were still able to complete the workouts. In the case the instructor noticed a student limping or lagging behind for no reason, she...
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    • 42 didn’t feel confident enough to use them. Unfortunately, only a few students attempted to use the new sentence patterns in their own writing. The majority did not grasp the basic idea behind the sentence patterns or the reason why they were...
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    • 48 References Barack Obama’s and Joe Biden’s plan for lifetime success through education. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/PreK-12EducationFactSheet.pdf Brady, R. C. (2003). Can failing schools be fixed? Retrieved from...
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    • 50 http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/risk.html NGA Center for Best Practices. (2011). Closing the achievement gap. Retrieved from http://www.subnet.nga.org/educlear/achievement No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Pub. L. No. 107-110, 115, Stat. 1425...
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    • 55 Saatcioglu, A., Bajaj, A., & Schumacher, M. (2011). Parental expectations and satisfaction with charter schools evidence from a Midwestern city school district. Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 20(3), 428-451. Stillings, C. (2006). Charter...
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    • 6 Chapter 2 Literature Review When attempting to close the academic achievement gap between English language learners (ELLs) and native English speakers, it is necessary to examine interventions that have proven effective. The researcher has...
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    • 6 expansion of charter schools. Dubbed the “Race to the Top,” this competition aims to encourage innovation and reform in local public education (Ravitch, 2010). From the very beginning, charter schools and accountability have been closely related....
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    • 73 and the bottom of the scale is equally important. All students are taken into consideration when decisions about activities are made and lessons developed. I did this research to become a better teacher. I believe the day a teacher stops...
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    • 8 school accountability was targeted. Since that time, national policies have relied on testing as the primary method for districts and states to reform teaching. The National Achievement Gap Students with limited English proficiency, ethnic...

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