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Race, Racial Concentration, and the Dynamics of Educational ...
Whether the influence of a student's race on the learning process varies by the characteristics of the schools the student attends - in particular racial composition and school location.
Issue/Topic: Minority/Diversity Issues; Equity; Curriculum--Mathematics
Author(s): Lleras, Christy
Organization(s): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication: American Educational Research Journal
Published On: 2008

1. Math course placement, engagement and student achievement positively affect one another over time, and these effects occur within both Low and High Minority schools.

  • Less desirable habits and lower skills in middle school t...
Educational Investment, Family Context, and Children's Math ...
To assess whether the deliberate cultivation by parents of cognition and social skills plays a role in children’s math and reading achievement, and subsequent growth.
Issue/Topic: Parent/Family; P-3 Grades 1-3; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Cheadle, Jacob
Publication: Sociology of Education
Season: Winter 2008

This study uses Lareau’s term “concerted cultivation” to describe a composite measure of parenting that includes:

  • Child participation in adult-orchestrated leisure activities (e.g., clubs, sports, art classes, music)
"Double Dose" Algebra as an Alternative Strategy to Remediat...
To evaluate the effectiveness of the double-period algebra policy initiated in the CPS.
Issue/Topic: Curriculum--Mathematics; Remediation (K-12)
Author(s): Nomi, Takako; Allensworth, Elaine
Organization(s): University of Chicago; University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research
Publication: Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness
Published On: 2009
Findings/Results: Although the double-dose policy only modestly affected grades and failure rates in 9th-grade algebra for low-skilled students, the findings suggest that, post policy, double-dose students were better off taking it than than taking r...
Assessing English Language Learners' Opportunity to Learn Ma...
To explore the relationship between students' ELL status and their level of opportunity to learn as a factor that may explain performance differences between ELL and non-ELL students
Issue/Topic: English Language Learner/Bilingual
Author(s): Herman, Joan; Abedi, Jamal
Organization(s): University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles
Publication: Teachers College Record
Published On: 2010
Findings/Results: 1. Opportunity to Learn (OTL) has important effects on student performance, even after controlling for students' prior ability and prior academic preparation.

2. ELL students report a lower level of OTL as compared with non-ELLs an...

Content Coverage Differences across Districts/States: A Pers...
To explore the relationship between classroom mathematics content coverage and student achievement
Issue/Topic: Standards; Equity
Author(s): Schmidt, William; Cogan, Leland; Houang, Richard; McKnight, Curtis
Organization(s): Michigan State University; University of Oklahoma
Publication: American Journal of Education
Published On: 2011

Significant differences in content coverage do exist as a function of the U.S. education system, and this is related to the observed student achievement differences.

1. In the 13 districts examined, vast variation in math content ...

Algebra: A Challenge at the Crossroads of Policy and Practic...
To provide an assessment of what we know about selective and “universal algebra” policies, including who is getting access to algebra and at what point in their educational careers. Also assessed is the knowledge base regarding what is taught in the name of algebra and the outcomes associated with different patterns of algebra course taking.
Issue/Topic: Instructional Approaches--Tracking/Ability Grouping; Curriculum--Mathematics
Author(s): Stein, Mary; Kaufman, Julia; Sherman, Milan; Hillen, Amy
Organization(s): Carnegie Mellon University; University of Pittsburgh; Portland State University; Kennesaw State College
Publication: Review of Educational Research
Published On: 12/20/2011

U.S. Trends for Who Takes Algebra and When, and What Algebra is Taken

  • There has been a significant increase in eighth grade Algebra I enrollment over the past two decades.  As a consequence, there have be...
Curricular Coherence and the Common Core State Standards for...
To explore the relationship of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) to student achievement
Issue/Topic: Common Core State Standards and Assessments; Curriculum--Mathematics
Author(s): Schmidt, William; Houang, Richard
Organization(s): Michigan State University
Publication: Educational Researcher
Published On: 2012
  • A very high degree of similarity exists between the CCSSM and the standards of the highest achieving nations on the 1995 Third International Mathematics and Science Study.
  • A wide variation in the proximity of state ...
Balancing Career and Technical Education With Academic Cours...
To examine the relationship between CTE coursework and mathematics achievement in high school
Issue/Topic: Career/Technical Education; Curriculum--Mathematics
Author(s): Bozick, Robert; Dalton, Benjamin
Organization(s): Rand Corporation; RTI International
Publication: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Published On: 2012
  • CTE courses neither limit overall gains in mathematics learning nor the acquisition of basic and intermediate mathematics skills, a finding that should assuage the concerns of those who worry that the expansion of CTE will undermine...
College for All: Gaps Between Desirable and Actual P-12 Math...
This study addresses missing links in the current P-16 education and "College for All" debates by investigating gaps between actual and desirable math achievement trajectories for different college pathways. The goals of the study are twofold: (1) to compare performance standards, benchmarks, and norms for college readiness, and; (2) to assess college readiness gaps among all students as well as among racial and social groups.
Issue/Topic: P-16 or P-20; High School--College Readiness
Published On: 3/5/2012
Findings/Results: 1. This study revealed large disparities between actual and desirable math achievement levels for college readiness.

2. Math achievement was a good predictor of whether students in P-12 stay on track toward 2 or 4 year college education...

Does Raising the Bar Level the Playing Field?: Mathematics C...
To investigate the consequences of academic intensification for social stratification in American high schools, particularly focusing on inequalities in access to higher level math courses such as calculus.
Issue/Topic: Equity; Curriculum--Mathematics
Author(s): Domina, Thurston; Saldana, Joshua
Publication: American Education Research Journal
Published On: 7/11/2012
Findings/Results: Race, class and skills gaps in geometry, algebra II, and trigonometry completion have narrowed considerably over the study period. Consistent with the theory of maximally maintained inequality, however, inequalities in calculus completion r...
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