Administrators & Data
Use of Education Data at the Local Level: From Accountability to Instructional Improvement
Title of Study: Use of Education Data at the Local Level: From Accountability to Instructional Improvement
Author(s): Barbara Means, Christine Padilla & Larry Gallagher of SRI International
This study documents types of data systems and organizational support systems currently available among U.S. school districts to support teachers in the practice of data-driven decision making. It explores how school personnel are using these systems and using data to inform instruction. The report explores in more detail teacher practices in districts that seem to be national leaders in data-driven decision making. Finally, the report makes recommendations to be implemented at the school, school district, state and national levels for improving schools’ capacity for data-driven decision making.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 February 2010 15:06)
Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning
Title of Study: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies
Author(s): Barbara Means, Yukie Toyama, Robert Murphy, Marianne Bakia, Karla Jones
This meta-analysis of published research comparing online and face-to-face learning found improved student performance in online learning conditions compared to face-to-face instruction. Practices and conditions that influence the effectiveness of online learning were also analyzed. Students receiving instruction that blended elements of online and face-to-face instruction performed better than either method alone. The majority of the studies analyzed were from higher education and professional or career education; few studies focused on K-12 education.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 February 2010 09:22)
Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds
Title of Study: Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds
Author(s): Victoria J. Rideout, Ulla G. Foehr, Donald F. Roberts
This is the third in a series of Kaiser Foundation studies of recreational media use by teens and tweens in the U.S. Although media use was already very high at the time of the previous study five years ago, usage increased dramatically between 2004 and 2009. On average, young Americans are now spending more than 53 hours a week engaging with their televisions, computers and mobile devices. When multitasking is factored in, it amounts to 10 hours and 45 minutes of media exposure per day. These numbers do not include the time spent using media for schoolwork or the time spent texting or talking on their phones.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 February 2010 09:21)
Effects of Using Instructional Technology in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Title of Study: Effects of Using Instructional Technology in Elementary and Secondary Schools: What Controlled Evaluation Studies say
Author(s): James A Kulik
This review compares the results of 27 controlled evaluations of the effect of technology on student achievement in reading, writing, mathematics and the natural and social sciences. The report groups the reading studies into categories of a) integrated learning systems, b) writing-based reading programs and c) reading management systems. Studies on the effects of technology on student writing were grouped into a) word processing studies, b) studies of computer writing prompts and c) studies of computer enrichment.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 February 2010 09:20)
U.S.A. Learns Six-Month Report
Title of Study: U.S.A. Learns Six-Month Report
Author(s): Sacramento County Office of Education & Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
This report documents usage of the U.S.A. Learns website in its first year. The website is a free resource designed to teach English to native Spanish-speaking adults, although usage data indicate that it is also being used in several Asian countries. The site may be used by individuals with a desire to learn English on their own or by teachers who want to create online classes for English literacy.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 February 2010 09:17)
United Streaming Evaluation
Title of Study: 2004 Unitedstreaming Evaluation: 6th and 8th Grade Mathematics in the Los Angeles Unified School District
Author(s): Dr. Frank J Boster et al.
This study compared the difference in pre- and post-instruction test scores of 6th and 8th grade math students whose math curriculum was enhanced by unitedstreaming video clips with scores of students receiving similar curriculum without the video clips.
Sponsoring entity(s): Discovery Education
Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 February 2010 15:58)
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