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Herman, Rebecca; Graczewski, Cheryl; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Murray, Matthew; Perez-Johnson, Irma; Tanenbaum, Courtney – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2013
The federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, to which $3 billion were allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), supports schools attempting to turn around a history of low performance. School turnaround also is a focus of Race to the Top (RTT), another ARRA-supported initiative, which involved a roughly $4…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Grants, Federal Aid, Educational Finance
Lake, Robin; Hill, Paul T.; Maas, Tricia – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2015
Every sector of the U.S. economy is working on ways to deliver services in a more customized manner. If all goes well, education is headed in the same direction. Personalized learning and globally benchmarked academic standards (a.k.a. Common Core) are the focus of most major school districts and charter school networks. Educators and parents know…
Descriptors: School Districts, Common Core State Standards, Educational Change, Delivery Systems
Goldhaber, Dan; Theobald, Roddy – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2012
There are good reasons for re-thinking teacher evaluation. Evaluation systems in most school districts appear to be far from rigorous. A recent study showed that more than 99 percent of teachers in a number of districts were rated "satisfactory," which does not comport with empirical evidence that teachers differ substantially from each…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Evidence, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Testing
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2009
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (2002), there has been increased interest in using student achievement data (through standardized tests) to evaluate teacher effectiveness. Two U.S. Department of Education secretaries, Secretary Spellings and Secretary Duncan, have expressed interest in growth models and the need to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
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Warkentien, Siri; Silver, David – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Public schools with impressive records of serving lower-performing students are often overlooked because their average test scores, even when students are growing quickly, are lower than scores in schools that serve higher-performing students. Schools may appear to be doing poorly either because baseline achievement is not easily accounted for or…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Low Achievement, Value Added Models, Achievement Gains
DePaoli, Jennifer – Policy Matters Ohio, 2014
Highly rated urban schools are often held up as models for lower-rated urban districts. These high-scoring urban schools, both district and charter, get results on Ohio's standardized tests that shine compared to results many schools get in districts struggling with the effects of concentrated poverty. Administrators, journalists, and policy…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Effectiveness, Standardized Tests, State Standards
Hock, Heinrich; Isenberg, Eric – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2012
Isolating the effect of a given teacher on student achievement (value-added modeling) is complicated when the student is taught the same subject by more than one teacher. We consider three methods, which we call the Partial Credit Method, Teacher Team Method, and Full Roster Method, for estimating teacher effects in the presence of co-teaching.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods
Smith, Nelson – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2012
Is it time for Ohio to take bolder steps toward turning around its most troubled schools and districts? If so, what might the alternatives look like? Options for rebooting these troubled schools have come in the form of mayoral control, state takeovers, market competition through charter schools and other choice programs, as well as millions of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, School Districts, Change Strategies
Vockley, Martha; Lang, Vockley – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2009
Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been the common yardstick for measuring the progress of students' education over time across the country. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in America. To make the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Schools of Education, Test Items, Student Evaluation
Smith, Nelson – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2013
As the challenges of education governance loom ever larger and the dysfunction and incapacity of the traditional K-12 system reveal themselves as major roadblocks to urgently needed reforms across that system, many have asked, "What's the alternative?" Part of the answer is the Recovery School District, a new state-created entity that…
Descriptors: School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, School Turnaround
Chavez, Lisa; Frankenberg, Erica – Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles, 2009
In June 2007, the Supreme Court limited the tools that school districts could use to voluntarily integrate schools. In the aftermath of the decision, educators around the country have sought models of successful plans that would also be legal. One such model may be Berkeley Unified School District's (BUSD) plan. Earlier this year, the California…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Student Diversity, School Desegregation
Colorado Department of Education, 2009
In fall 2007, and in alignment with the strategic plan of the Colorado State Board of Education, the Colorado Department of Education released "Forward Thinking," a plan which publicly announced seven goals that, when attained, would culminate in a statewide system of accountability and support addressing the needs of all districts. Some…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Educational Change, Guidance, Instructional Leadership
Chingos, Matthew M. – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
Class-size reduction (CSR) mandates presuppose that resources provided to reduce class size will have a larger impact on student outcomes than resources that districts can spend as they see fit. I estimate the impact of Florida's statewide CSR policy by comparing the deviations from prior achievement trends in districts that were required to…
Descriptors: Class Size, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Policy
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Department of Education, 2011
The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program is authorized by section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Under section 1003(g)(1) of the ESEA, the Secretary must award grants to States to enable the States to provide subgrants to local educational agencies for the purpose of providing assistance for school…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidance
US Department of Education, 2012
This paper describes Hawaii's progress in implementing a comprehensive and coherent approach to education reform from the time of application through June 30, 2011. In particular, it highlights key accomplishments over the reporting period in the four reform areas: standards and assessments, data systems to support instruction, great teachers and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Gains
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