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    • 13 When results are positive, the school and its stakeholders can claim an excellent academic program; however, when results are negative, they list the many reasons why high-stakes testing is a poor indicator of school success. In order to...
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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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    • 24 past 10 years confirm the positive effects on students’ mathematics, spelling, and reading achievement when educators depend on CBM progress monitoring to assist them in their instruction (Fuchs & Fuchs, 2004). The senior product manager for...
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    • 25 attitude toward state-mandated testing. This research also examined teacher attitudes toward state-mandated testing as a tool to describe school performance and instructor performance as well as the reasons they chose to work at a charter school...
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    • 26 was to obtain data and to examine the relationship between student performances on YPP in comparison to their state-mandated assessments. Warren County Middle School in Warrenton, Georgia implemented the YPP assessment program in 2006 and...
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    • 27 Table 1 SUCCESS Academy Parent Survey Results Question Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree 1. Academic performance is the most important element of a public charter school. 17% 47% 19% 14% 3% 2. School...
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    • 30 Gateway Preparatory Academy parent survey. There were 110 parents who participated in the survey for Gateway Preparatory Academy. The school has 235 families, so 47% of GPA families participated in the survey. Parents may have more than one...
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    • 31 show a negative attitude, however, there was an equal amount of neutral response to the highest percent of negative response: “Neither Agree nor Disagree” at 34% and “Disagree at 35%. Item four results show an overwhelming positive response with...
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    • 33 SUCCESS Academy teacher survey. All of SUCCESS Academy’s seven teachers participated in the survey, for 100% participation. Table 3 shows both the survey items and related responses for the SUCCESS Academy teacher survey. Table 3 SUCCESS Academy...
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    • 38 mandated assessments would carry more weight in the SUCCESS Academy school community. Both the school’s instructional model and recent scores on state assessments support this assumption. Because of the unique Montessori model at Gateway...
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    • 40 The next question (Figure 12) asked parents to evaluate if school instructional model was the most important element of a public charter school. The results confirm a strong positive attitude that, at both schools, instructional model remains...
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    • 41 Gateway Preparatory Academy parents nor SUCCESS Academy parents chose their school because of annual test scores, seemingly contradicting responses from item one unless these parents’ perception of academic performance is determined by something...
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    • 46 value-based factors must be addressed. Assessment scores by themselves are inadequate tools for measuring any school’s success—particularly those charged with innovation to help advance the nations educational landscape. The time has come for...
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    • 52 schools, state-mandated assessments do not overwhelming effect perception in either a negative or positive way. Many charter schools use their unique instructional model or philosophy to market to their community; this practice should continue,...
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    • 54 Three Score and Ten in Retrospect Again, John had worked hard for the nomination and had spent the necesMIy money to conduct a good campaign. What hurt him most was seeing his son Paul, clad head to toe with posters and buttons, with tears in...
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    • Chapter 1 Introduction Context of the Problem In 1991 Minnesota passed the nation’s first charter school law, followed by several more states, including California, Michigan, Arizona, and Massachusetts (Manno, 2004). This charter school movement...
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    • Girls and Relational Aggression 13 significant personal needs and goals like social belonging, positive esteem, and the development of strong friendships. Anxieties, depression, along with poor school performance are all problems connected with...
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    • Girls and Relational Aggression 14 school problems, and eating disorders (McKay, 2003). Relational aggression offers a number of difficulties for girls such as peer relationship issues, behavior problems, struggle with academics, and...
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    • Girls and Relational Aggression 15 aggressor’s give restitution, empowering bystanders, and protecting targets and bystanders from an aggressor’s retaliation. What won’t work for stopping relational aggression is blame, taking no action, and having...

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