Effectiveness

An effective education system is one in which the average student performance is high using well-established national and international standards. Additionally, the system continually makes significant progress in improving student performance. System-level measures of effectiveness include graduation rates and student performance on standardized tests. Two of the most commonly used tests are the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Both meet the highest standards of reliability, validity, and social relevance. NAEP measures what American students know in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. PISA measures student performance across nations in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving, and financial literacy. These measures indicate the U.S. system is failing in terms of student performance and a lack of improvement over time. While the graduation rate has improved to 82% over the past 6 years, almost one fifth of all students fail to complete high school. As of 2015, only 37% of 12th-grade students were proficient in reading, 25% in math, and 22% in science. The United States ranked 25th among other nations in science, 22nd in reading, and 38th in mathematics.

Data Mining

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Have NAEP reading scores improved over the past 40 years of school reform?
This analysis examines long term reading score trends in the United States.
Keyworth, R. (2010). Have NAEP reading scores improved over the past 40 years of school reform? Retrieved from have-naep-reading-scores924.
Have NAEP reading scores improved over the past 40 years of school reform?
This analysis examines long term math score trends in the United States.
Keyworth, R. (2010). Have NAEP reading scores improved over the past 40 years of school reform? Retrieved from have-naep-reading-scores925.
Have reading scores improved over 40-plus years of school reform?
This analysis examines long term reading score trends in the United States.
Keyworth, R. (2010). Have reading scores improved over 40-plus years of school reform? Retrieved from have-reading-scores-improved926.
How does class size reduction measure up to other common educational interventions in a cost-benefit analysis?
This analysis examined the cost effectiveness of research from Stuart Yeh on common sturctural interventions in education. Additionally, The Wing Institute analyzes class-size reduction using Yeh's methods.
States, J. (2009). How does class size reduction measure up to other common educational interventions in a cost-benefit analysis? Retrieved from how-does-class-size.

 

Presentations

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Performance Feedback from a Global Perspective
This paper reviewed recent feedback on U.S. school performance from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Keyworth, R. (2011). Performance Feedback from a Global Perspective [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2011-wing-presentation-randy-keyworth.
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A Synthesis of Empirical Research on Teaching Mathematics to Low-Achieving Students

This meta-analysis synthesized research on the effects of interventions to improve mathematics achievement of students considered at risk for academic failure. It found that effective interventions included providing teachers and students with student performance data; using peer tutors; providing clear, specific feedback to parents on children's mathematics success; and using explicit instruction to teach math.

Baker, S., Gersten, R., & Lee, D. S. (2002). A synthesis of empirical research on teaching mathematics to low-achieving students. The Elementary School Journal, 51-73.

Why Education Experts Resist Effective Practices (And What It Would Take To Make Education More Like Medicine

The first section of this essay provides examples from reading and mathematics curricula that show experts dispensing unproven methods and flitting from one fad to another. The middle section describes how experts, for ideological reasons, have shunned some solutions that do display robust evidence of efficacy. The following sections show how public impatience has forced other professions to "grow up" and accept accountability and scientific evidence. The paper concludes with a plea to develop education into a mature profession.

Carnine, D. (2000). Why Education Experts Resist Effective Practices (And What It Would Take To Make Education More Like Medicine).

 

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Education Trust
The Education Trust is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students.
Practicewise

PracticeWise works primarily in mental health to support individuals working with children and families to be more informed and more prepared, through established knowledge management strategies and resources. The services include professional training, online information resources, books and guides, organizational consultation, and service system design and management.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

The goal of the WWC is a resource for informed education decision-making. The WWC identifies evidence-based practice, program, or policy, and disseminates summary information on the WWC website.

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