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Smith, Orin; Windish, Daniel; Taylor, Rosemarye – Education Leadership Review, 2016
This longitudinal study examined the professional perceptions of educational leaders as to the fairness and impact of teacher evaluation and compensation reforms under Race to the Top. The study surveyed graduate students in education and educational leadership programs to assess changes in their perceptions from prior to RTTT implementation…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid
Nedley, Lenni D. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this embedded, mixed methods, research study was to acquire knowledge regarding the Pennsylvania Educator Effectiveness system while connecting teacher effectiveness with student achievement. The sample size consisted of five administrators and 18 public school teachers. The teachers taught mathematics in grades 4 through 8 at a…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Public School Teachers
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Willis, Arlette Ingram – Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2015
The coupling of literacy and race emphasizes their historic and contemporaneous intersection in literacy research. In this article, I draw on my scholarship and use three counternarratives to articulate how literacy and race significantly influence access, equity, and freedom. First, I examine access within the sociohistoric context of African…
Descriptors: Literacy, Race, African Americans, Access to Education
Fredericks, Juliane R. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
This study focused on the federal and Illinois State the reform legislation titled the Performance Evaluation Reform Act and Senate Bill 7. The Performance Evaluation Reform Act or "PERA" was created from collaboration between stakeholders as Illinois competed in a federal competition titled "Race to the Top." The legislation…
Descriptors: Political Influences, Educational Change, Federal Government, Educational Legislation
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Russell, Jennifer Lin; Meredith, Julie; Childs, Joshua; Stein, Mary Kay; Prine, Deanna Weber – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2015
This study sought to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of state designed Race to the Top (RttT) funded reform networks. Drawing on a conceptual framework developed from the networked governance literature, we analyzed the 12 state RttT grantees' applications. Our analysis revealed that states designed…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Networks
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Battersby, Sharyn L.; Verdi, Brian – Arts Education Policy Review, 2015
As a result of Race to the Top, states across the country vied for school improvement grants in order to advance educational reforms including effective professional development and teacher collaboration within their school districts. Requirements of the grant included the development of teacher evaluation systems and a professional development…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Music Teachers
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LaVenia, Mark; Cohen-Vogel, Lora; Lang, Laura B. – American Journal of Education, 2015
Today, with states' near-universal adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the political system has achieved that which was not possible less than 2 decades ago. Just why this is so remains unanswered. Some observers have attributed states' embrace of the standards to the substantial financial incentives that the federal government embedded…
Descriptors: State Standards, Adoption (Ideas), Politics of Education, Educational Policy
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Cosner, Shelby; Kimball, Steven M.; Barkowski, Elizabeth; Carl, Bradley; Jones, Curtis – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2015
Policy makers at the federal level have embraced an educator effectiveness agenda, which in turn has driven many states across the country to rapidly develop and implement new and more complex teacher evaluation systems. It is increasingly clear that the success of these nascent teacher evaluation systems partly depends on the will, skill, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Role, Principals, Organizational Change
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Brown, Elissa F.; Garland, Rebecca B. – Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 2015
In this article, Brown and Garland, reflect on issues raised by James J. Gallagher, such as educational policies helping to create and support an infrastructure within which the needs of students can be addressed. Gallagher felt that a strong federal policy, such as IDEA, was critical to building and maintaining a solid infrastructure. Gallagher…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Educational Policy, Student Needs, Educational Legislation
Watt, Michael – Online Submission, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine and compare key elements of the actions that states in the USA and Australia took to implement the Common Core State Standards or Phase One of the Australian Curriculum, and what processes and products they used to facilitate implementation of these innovations. A rubric adapted from a diagnostic tool,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, State Standards, Academic Standards
Lichtenberger, Eric J.; Klostermann, Brenda K.; Duffy, Daniel Q. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2015
The main goals of this implementation study were to: (1) examine how the grant recipients were implementing the changes set forth in their grant proposals; (2) identify initial barriers to implementation of grant activities; (3) identify catalysts that aided in goal attainment and/or partnership development; and (4) consider the sustainability of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Grants, Innovation
McGuinn, Patrick – Consortium for Policy Research in Education, 2015
It has been three years since Race to the Top grant-winning states piloted new teacher evaluation systems and many of them have made considerable progress, yet according to media coverage and a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published in April 2015, struggles remain and most grantees have asked to extend the timetables for…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, State Policy, Teacher Evaluation, Program Implementation
Smith, Nelson – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2015
In "Redefining the School District in America," Nelson Smith reexamines existing recovery school districts (RSDs)--entities in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan charged with running and turning around their state's worst schools--and assembles the most comprehensive catalog of similar initiatives underway and under consideration…
Descriptors: School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, School Turnaround
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2015
The Department of Education (Education) created Race To the Top (RTT) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. From 2010 through 2011, Education awarded $4 billion in competitive grant funds to 19 states to reform core areas of K-12 education. RTT states also committed to building capacity to implement and sustain reforms. GAO and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
By 2012, all of the states in this study had started implementing new or revised teacher and leader evaluation systems. The systems include many and varying updates. In some cases, the updates were designed to meet conditions for a state's "Race to the Top" grant. In others, the updates were made to meet conditions for a state's waiver…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation, State Standards, State Policy
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