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Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, 2017
This Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) annual performance report for the year 2016 describes Maryland's accomplishments, lessons learned, challenges, and strategies Maryland will implement to address those challenges. Maryland received one of twenty Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Fund Grant (RTTT-ELC) awards in the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Programs, Educational Quality, Accountability
Lee, Emma Swift; Ableidinger, Joe – Public School Forum of North Carolina, 2017
For more than 25 years, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has isolated local spending from state and federal spending to examine the capacity and actual effort of counties to support public schools. The annual Local School Finance Study examines not only on the amount that counties spend on schools, but also each county's investment in the…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Federal Aid, Local Government
Koedel, Cory; Li, Jiaxi; Springer, Matthew G.; Tan, Li – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
Spurred by the federal Race to the Top competition, the state of Tennessee implemented a comprehensive statewide educator evaluation system in 2011. The new system is designed to increase the rigor of evaluations and better differentiate teachers based on performance. The use of more differentiated ratings represents a significant shift in…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Public School Teachers, Job Satisfaction, State Programs
Zimmer, Ron; Henry, Gary T.; Kho, Adam – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2017
In recent years, the federal government has invested billions of dollars to reform chronically low-performing schools. To fulfill their federal Race to the Top grant agreement, Tennessee implemented three turnaround strategies that adhered to the federal restart and transformation models: (a) placed schools under the auspices of the Achievement…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Districts, Public Schools, Charter Schools
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Levitt, Roberta – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
The enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) and the subsequent succession of legislative acts have had a profound impact on educational policy. An increased emphasis on teacher accountability and effectiveness led to the use of standardized test results to determine tangible rewards or punishments. In response, a culture of teaching to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Common Core State Standards, Educational Policy
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Nurenberg, David – High School Journal, 2016
Paul Jablon's "The Synergy of Inquiry" (2014) is well-timed. The 2014 deadline set by No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2002) for universal student proficiency has come and gone, and according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, "proficiency rates last year were below 50 percent for nearly every racial and ethnic group, in…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Figurative Language, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Iatarola, Patrice – Teachers College Record, 2016
This chapter summarizes a set of research studies that focus on high school course offerings, takings, and effects. Improving high school experiences and having students graduate from high school ready for college are national priorities under President Obama's Race to the Top initiative. Doing so by expanding access to advanced courses dates back…
Descriptors: Evidence, Advanced Courses, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum
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Hunt, Kari; Gurvitch, Rachel; Lund, Jacalyn L. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2016
Educational reform in the past decade has placed a very strong emphasis on teacher accountability and student achievement. This change in focus has caused a thorough reexamination of how teacher quality and effectiveness are defined in the field, and has triggered a reform of the teacher evaluation process. As a result, generic, all-encompassing…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Physical Education Teachers, Physical Education
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Reyes-Guerra, Daniel; Lochmiller, Chad R. – Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2016
Florida's Race to the Top (RTTT) competition invited university-district partnerships to compete for funds aimed at improving principal preparation programs. In this article, we report findings from a qualitative case study focused on one program partnership funded by RTTT. Drawing upon interviews with faculty and relevant documents, we conducted…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
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Margolis, Jason; Meese, Alison A.; Doring, Anne – Education and Urban Society, 2016
This article presents both sides of the debate as to whether urban teachers need structure or freedom, and then takes a stand on urban teaching in the current high-stakes assessment climate. First, we trace the 30-year development of American educational policy in the area of structuring teaching. Then, we present research from proponents of…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Freedom, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation
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Wong, Vivian C.; Wing, Coady; Martin, David – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Over the last decade, accountability reform has been at the forefront of the domestic policy agenda. Although the Obama Administration was critical of some elements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), its policies endorsed high-stakes testing and expanded the scope of the stakes. With the Race to the Top and an NCLB waiver process, the administration…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Educational Policy
Johnson, Mark – Hunt Institute, 2016
The "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA reauthorizes the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" (ESEA), which was first enacted as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." Since 1965, ESEA has represented the federal government's…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy
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Dragoset, Lisa; Thomas, Jaime; Herrmann, Mariesa; Deke, John; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Graczewski, Cheryl; Boyle, Andrea; Tanenbaum, Courtney; Giffin, Jessica; Upton, Rachel – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2016
Race to the Top (RTT), one of the Obama administration's signature programs and one of the largest federal government investments in an education grant program, received $4.35 billion in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through three rounds of competition in 2010 and 2011, RTT awarded grants to states that…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Grants, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
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Dragoset, Lisa; Thomas, Jaime; Herrmann, Mariesa; Deke, John; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Graczewski, Cheryl; Boyle, Andrea; Tanenbaum, Courtney; Giffin, Jessica; Upton, Rachel – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2016
Race to the Top (RTT), one of the Obama administration's signature programs and one of the largest federal government investments in an education grant program, received $4.35 billion in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through three rounds of competition in 2010 and 2011, RTT awarded grants to states that…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Grants, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
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Aguilar, Carla E.; Richerme, Lauren Kapalka – Journal of Music Teacher Education, 2016
While policies at all levels affect music educators, and music education researchers have called for increased attention to policy issues, few have explored preservice music teacher educators' beliefs about policy. This study examined music teacher educators' (N = 81) familiarity with and attitudes toward contemporary education and music education…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Educational Policy, Undergraduate Students
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