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An official document certifying graduation from an educational institution.
A three-dimensional representation of a scene, using life-sized or miniaturized sculptured figures, lifelike details and a painted background.
Roman Catholic schools, usually secondary schools, which are governed by the diocese, or bishopric.
Two contiguous letters pronounced as a single sound, such as ai, ea and ie (vowel digraphs) or ch, ck, or gh (consonant digraphs).
Digest of Education Statistics (DES)
A massive annual compilation of virtually all statistics relating to American education.
Difficulty index (DI)
Any device for measuring the difficulty, and, therefore, the validity of a test question or test.
A faculty made up of teams, whose members have a variety of skill levels and teaching responsibilities commensurate with those skills.
A program of instruction that differs from the standard curriculum by including or substituting courses designed to meet special needs.
A method of instruction that relies entirely on lectures to deliver information in the classroom.
A published, alphabetical compilation of words in a language that gives their meanings, spellings, pronunciations, syllabications and, often, etymologies.
Jonathan Dickinson (1688–1747)
American clergyman, school master, and founding president, in 1747, of the COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY, in Elizabethtown.
“Dick and Jane” books
A series of first readers, almost universally used by American elementary schools during the first half of the 20th century.
An acronym for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, a set of tests to screen students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2 and 3 for potential reading problems and to monitor reading progress.
A method of teaching that relies on disputation or argumentation, with one or more students (or the teacher) taking opposite points of view on an issue in an effort to come to a logical conclusion.
A voluntary program designed to encourage parents to help their children with homework by providing...
A once-common method of teaching grammar by breaking down the parts of a sentence and visually displaying them in diagrammatic form to display syntactical relationships.
Any of hundreds of written or oral examinations that measure and pinpoint a student’s intellectual or academic strengths and weaknesses.
A teaching strategy designed to meet the individual needs of students with learning or behavioral problems.
Dewey Decimal (Classification) System
The standard, most widely used method for classifying publications in libraries throughout the English-speaking world.
Melvil Dewey (1851–1931)
American librarian who developed and published A Classification and Subject Index for Cataloguing and Arranging the Books and Pamphlets of a Library.
John Dewey (1859–1952)
American educator, psychologist, philosopher and social critic who revolutionized education and teaching methods in the United States.
The amount by which any INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT score may vary from the mean and remain tantamount to the mean.
A division of a school or college’s fund-raising program specifically concerned with soliciting large capital gifts, as opposed to annual solicitations.
Any of a wide variety of theories that children pass through a fixed series of definable and measurable physical, mental, emotional...