Education Drivers

Instructional Standards

Instructional design is the framework for increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal of curriculum needed to maximize learning. An effective curriculum is designed to facilitate the acquisition of skills and knowledge aligned with standards incorporating best practices in design and pedagogy. Curriculum ranges from lessons developed by teachers to professionally published textbooks. A curriculum should be constructed to include evidence-based practices and practice elements that are well matched to each lesson. The curriculum should incorporate the following criteria in its design: it aligns with standards, research of sufficient quality and quantity is available, levels of competency are defined, high rates of responding are embedded, opportunities to provide feedback for correct answers is addressed, corrective feedback and remediation are designated, scope and sequencing that lead to increasing levels of difficulty are spelled out, mastery-based instruction is required, and formative assessment is specified. In the end, for maximum effectiveness, lessons need to be linked to “big ideas,” those core concepts, principles, theories, and processes that provide instruction with meaning and context.

Data Mining

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What does science tell us about teaching reading?
This review examines the evidence that identifies the critical practice elements for effective reading instruction.
States, J. (2011). What does science tell us about teaching reading? Retrieved from what-does-science-tell.
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A meta-analysis of the effects of feedback in computer-based instruction

A quantitative research synthesis (meta-analysis) was conducted on the literature concerning the effects of feedback on learning from computer-based instruction (CBI).

Azevedo, R., & Bernard, R. M. (1995). A meta-analysis of the effects of feedback in computer-based instruction. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 13(2), 111-127.

Effect of feedback and remediation on students' achievement in junior secondary school mathematics

This study investigated the effects of feedback and remediation as instructional strategies on junior secondary school students' achievement in mathematics.

James, A.O. & Folorunso, A.M. (2012). Effect of feedback and remediation on students' achievement in junior secondary school mathematics. International Education Studies, 5(5), 153-162.

Student Achievement through Staff Development

This book provides research as well as case studies of successful professional development strategies and practices for educators.

Joyce, B. R., & Showers, B. (2002). Student achievement through staff development. ASCD.

Effectiveness of mastery learning programs: A meta-analysis

A meta-analysis of findings from 108 controlled evaluations showed that mastery learning programs have positive effects on the examination performance of students in colleges, high schools, and the upper grades in elementary schools.

Kulik, C., Kulik, J., & Bangert-Drowns, R. (1990). Effectiveness of mastery learning programs: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 60, 265-299.

Within Our Grasp Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep

Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep is the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series released by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). This report focuses on teacher preparation program compliance with admissions policies required at the state level

Walsh, K., Joseph, N., and Lewis, A. (2016). Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep. National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Best Evidence Encyclopedia

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia is a free web site created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12.

National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)

The National Council on Teacher Quality works to achieve fundamental changes in the policy and practices of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments, and teachers unions.

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