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A Tale of Two Districts: One High Poverty, One High SES. 2008 IES Research Conference Dr. Jane T. Plenge Dr. Antoinette Rath. W-NJ “B” District 3/5 schools made AYP in 2007 Majority white & black. MT-NJ “J” District 5/5 schools made AYP in 2007 Majority white & Asian.

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a tale of two districts one high poverty one high ses

A Tale of Two Districts: One High Poverty, One High SES

2008 IES Research Conference

Dr. Jane T. Plenge

Dr. Antoinette Rath

overview of districts
W-NJ

“B” District

3/5 schools made AYP in 2007

Majority white & black

MT-NJ

“J” District

5/5 schools made AYP in 2007

Majority white & Asian

Overview of Districts
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W-NJ 05-06

LAL PartProf/Prof/AdvProf

Wh – 40

32.5% 37.5% 30.0%

Bl – 33

36.4% 60.6% 3.0%

MATH

Wh - 40

32.5% 55.0% 12.5%

Bl – 32

59.4% 40.6% 0.0%

MT-NJ 05-06

LAL PartProf/Prof/AdvProf

Wh - 287

2.1% 45.3% 52.6%

As - 69

0.0% 30.4% 69.6%

MATH

Wh - 288

3.5% 43.1% 53.5%

As - 69

1.4% 17.4% 81.2%

State Assessment Results 2005-06

use of research w nj
Use of Research – W-NJ

WRITE in all content areas

  • UPenn – PENN Literacy Network
  • Writing Across the Curriculum – teacher constructed writing prompts
    • Administered every course, every period, 3x per marking period
    • Accountability: Teacher portfolio due at time of APR
    • Teachers not writing specialists; focus on content understanding
    • PD for full staff + on-site graduate courses
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Use of Research – W-NJ

Writing in all content areas

  • Research & data from Education Trust –
    • PD - Standards in Practice
    • Full staff study - use of standards (1 content, 1 writing) in teacher assignments and resulting student work samples
    • Cross content, within content, in grade level
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Use of Research – W-NJ

Achievement Gap

  • PD to prep for research & data collection – Ron Ferguson, Harvard University - Tripod Project
  • PD with Psychologist Howard C. Stevenson, Jr. –GSE UPENN
    • Playing with Anger: Teaching Coping Skills to African American Boys Through Athletics and Culture
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Use of Research – W-NJ

Achievement Gap

  • Minority Task Force – community & staff
  • Book Study Groups for Staff – Lisa Delpit, Gary Howard, Ruby Payne
  • Membership in Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium
  • African-American Male Group, student focus groups
  • On site qualitative study – Gender, Race, and Representation in US History Films: Impact on Identity Development in Black and White Females
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W-NJ – After Research-Based Program Interventions Over 2 Yrs (2003-04)

Language Arts Literacy – 99 tested

  • PartProf Prof AdvProf

22.2(31.5) 64.6(59.6) 13.1(9.0)

  • Passing 77.7 (04) 68.6 (03) gain = 9.1

Math – 99 tested

  • PartProf Prof AdvProf

38.4(57.3) 36.4(36) 25.3(6.7)

  • Passing 61.7 (04) 42.7 (03) gain = 19.0
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Use of Research – MT-NJ

Math & Science curriculum renewal process

  • Change deeply held beliefs of teachers and administration to change practice
    • E.g. Everyday Math & Physics First – Promising programs based on empirical data – NCTM and NSF
    • Implement standards-based instruction and assessment
    • Encourage constructivist & inquiry learning - more than just procedural, i.e., conceptual understanding
    • Support - extensive PD
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Use of Research – MT-NJ

TIMSS

  • Focal Points
    • Makes TIMSS research applicable
  • Shifted emphasis for grade levels
  • De-emphasized and eliminated some areas
  • Moves closer to national curriculum
    • NJ in process of planning implementation of Alg I, Alg II, Bio, Chem. end-of course assessments
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Use of Research – MT-NJ

Elementary Principal:

  • With parents to support instruction or issues with practice
  • To redirect a teacher, e.g. use of negative discipline system
  • Planning – budgeting for resource purchases
  • Answering questions from teachers and parents
  • Move to non-fiction story books rather than history text
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Use of Research – MT-NJ
  • ETS – Non-cognitive measures
    • Construct and administer HS student survey
    • Provide actions for self monitoring based on responses
    • Utilize findings for research
  • ERS
    • Class size, study skills, reading recovery, grading/student evaluation, first grade, transitional/junior kindergarten, full day kindergarten, gifted education, MS transitional programs
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