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Hartong, Sigrid – Journal of Education Policy, 2016
This article focuses on the growing development towards new forms of '"distributed" governance within current large-scale educational reforms. The emphasis is on so-called "governance through standards" as a transformative reform complex which manifests itself in a simultaneous process of regulative destabilisation and (global)…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Educational Policy, Power Structure, Governance
Hoerr, Thomas R. – Educational Leadership, 2016
How important is it that every student in a school is excited about learning? Should a student be allowed to use all his/her strengths in learning? Do you know someone who wasn't a particularly good student but has been very successful in life? What these seemingly unrelated questions have in common is an appreciation for the range of talents that…
Descriptors: Caring, Multiple Intelligences, Teaching Methods, Educational Legislation
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Welch, Carolyn E. – Parenting for High Potential, 2016
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 is an exciting development for parents, teachers, school leaders, and others who believe U.S. schools should meet the needs of high-ability students. The ESSA revised and reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), previously known as the No Child…
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Educational Legislation, Special Needs Students, Gifted
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Milliman, Scott – Journal of School Choice, 2016
Many policy analysts favor holding deficient public schools accountable: Either they should improve or else close. Hypotheses are developed which explore how school type (district, charter) and enrollment size influence these two accountability outcomes for deficient Arizona elementary campuses operating under two educational oversight regimes: No…
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, Enrollment, School Size
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Pinkney, Adrianne R. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2016
Participatory citizenship among Black citizens in the United States has always been tied to access to quality education. In this literature review, I draw on scholarship analyzing the experiences of Black youth in the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. I compare the historic and contemporary challenges facing Black citizens' active…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, African American Students, Barriers
Wertman, John – Geography Teacher, 2016
In this brief article, John Wertman describes the evolution of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the role the American Association of Geographers (AAG) played over the last decade in getting it passed, and the impact the Act has on funding for K-12 geography education. The legislation, while not perfect, includes promising new…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Associations, Educational Legislation
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Gordon, Mordechai – Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2016
Inspired by Camus' portrayal of Sisyphus, this essay examines the act of teaching as an absurd profession, one that faces numerous obstacles and challenges and continually falls short of its intended goals. I begin my analysis by demonstrating that Camus' understanding of the absurd was heavily influenced by Nietzsche's conception of nihilism. I…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational Objectives, Philosophy, Educational Change
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Nicholson, ?Julie; Bauer, Anne; Woolley, Ristyn – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors discuss an urban public school district's efforts to reinsert play after its mandated disappearance for fourteen years under a scripted curriculum imposed to meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind law. The authors analyze field notes, teacher and administrator interviews, coaching records, and surveys to chart the impact on…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Play
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Kramer, Steven L.; Osgood, Jeffery; Bernotsky, Lorraine; Wolff, Edward; Merlino, F. Joseph; Garcia, Tanya I.; Kramer, Helen M. – Educational Policy, 2016
This article investigates the utility and availability of college data to evaluate the impact of high school interventions. It reports results of a pilot study that collected information about the college experiences of graduates from four high schools in the northeast United States. Using these results as a lens, the article examines what…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Policy, College Readiness, Intervention
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Price, Heather E. – Educational Policy, 2016
The school quality assessment process under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is criticized for oversimplifying and overemphasizing standardized test results and unfairly targeting diverse, urban schools. There has been much development in alternative test score evaluations, especially value-added models. These developments have tilted the public…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Quality, Institutional Evaluation, Educational Environment
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Yakimowski, Mary E.; Faggella-Luby, Michael; Kim, Yujin; Wei, Yan – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2016
Numerous research studies (e.g., Anderson, Kutash, & Duchnowski, 2001; Lane, Carter, Pierson, & Glaeser, 2006; Volpe, Dupaul, Jitendra, & Tresco, 2009; Wei, Blackorby, & Schiller, 2011) have shown that students with disabilities generally exhibit lower reading scores than their peers without disabilities. However, questions remain…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Middle School Students, Disabilities, Grade 5
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Harman, Wm. Gregory; Boden, Camille; Karpenski, Jeremy; Muchowicz, Nicole – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016
In this study, the outcomes of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), as implemented in Illinois, are evaluated in terms of high school standards testing results between 2003-2013. NCLB was a policy dedicated to closing the gap in schooling outcomes nationally in the space of a decade. There have been few systematic examinations of its macro-level results…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Program Evaluation, Outcomes of Education
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Mitra, Dana; Mann, Bryan; Hlavacik, Mark – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016
We explore how the opt-out movement has responded to the combination of a stringent federal policy with weak and often variable implementation among the states. Gaps between federal expectations and states' understandings of just how to make NCLB's demands a reality have created policy ambiguity. Parents who oppose standardized testing have…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Parents, Resistance (Psychology), Educational Policy
Losen, Daniel J.; Keith, Michael A., II; Hodson, Cheri L.; Martinez, Tia E. – Civil Rights Project - Proyecto Derechos Civiles, 2016
This report, along with the companion spreadsheet, provides the first comprehensive description ever compiled of charter school discipline. In 2011-12, every one of the nation's 95,000 public schools was required to report its school discipline data, including charter schools. This analysis, which includes more than 5,250 charter schools, focuses…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Civil Rights, Discipline, Secondary Schools
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Sporte, Susan E.; Jiang, Jennie Y.; Luppescu, Stuart – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Decades of research evidence have consistently suggested teachers are the most important in-school factor related to student learning and achievement. Being taught by an effective teacher has important consequences for students' academic outcomes as well as longer-term impacts on postsecondary success and lifetime earnings. Yet how to measure…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
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