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A Systematic Review of the Relationships Between Principal Characteristics and Student Achievement

A Systematic Review of the Relationships Between Principal Characteristics and Student AchievementThis systematic review of the relationships between principal characteristics and student achievement was created for educators, administrators, policy-makers, and other individuals interested in a comprehensive catalogue of research on relations between principal characteristics and student achievement. It synthesizes what is known about associations between principal characteristics and student achievement; specifically it summarizes the studies, highlights the effects found by the studies, and describes the steps of the systematic review process used. Of the 52 studies included in the comprehensive review, only one used an experimental design, and a positive effect was found. An additional 38 quantitative and two mixed method studies provided evidence that some principal characteristics are positively correlated with student achievement. However, causal relationships could not be established. The remaining eleven qualitative studies mirrored the quantitative findings.

Read the report at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=412

Comparing Success Rates for General and Credit Recovery Courses Online and Face to Face: Results for Florida High School Courses

Comparing Success Rates for General and Credit Recovery Courses Online and Face to Face: Results for Florida High School CoursesThis report describes the results of a REL Southeast study comparing student success in online credit recovery and general courses taken online compared to traditional face-to-face courses. Credit recovery occurs when a student fails a course and then retakes the same course to earn high school credit. This research question was motivated by the high use of online learning in the Southeast, particularly as a method to help students engage in credit recovery.

Read the report at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=411

School Leader's Literacy Walkthrough for Grades K-3

Development and Examination of an Alternative School Performance Index in South Carolina

The objective of this project was to create a tool, in the form of a user-friendly checklist, that will support school leaders as they determine which components of literacy and which aspects of instruction they should observe as they conduct walkthroughs during literacy instruction in K-3 classrooms. The tool is intended for school leaders' use in order to:

  • enhance literacy instruction knowledge for both school leaders and K-3 teachers;
  • provide an effective way to communicate with K-3 teachers expectations about literacy instruction;
  • specify consistent language regarding literacy components and instructional strategies; and
  • be the basis of communication and collaboration among school leaders and teachers, which, according to research, can improve student achievement.

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