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Thurlow, Martha L.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Larson, Erik D.; Albus, Deb A.; Liu, Kristi K.; Kwong, Elena – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2017
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2015, renewed attention was paid to the importance of guidelines for participation in alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) and to understanding of who the students are who have significant cognitive disabilities. The analyses…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Guidelines, Definitions, Academic Standards
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance on January 7, 2015, reminding states, school districts, and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English Learners (ELs) have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, Legal Responsibility
Oregon Department of Education, 2017
The Oregon Statewide Report Card is an annual publication required by law (ORS 329.115), which reports on the state of public schools and their progress towards the goals of the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century. The purpose of the Oregon Report Card is to monitor trends among school districts and Oregon's progress toward achieving the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, State Legislation, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
von Ravensberg, Heidi; Blakely, Allison W. – Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, 2017
New to the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" of 1965, as amended by the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA) of 2015, is specific language supporting state and local educational agencies in implementing schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SW-PBIS). According to U.S. Department of Education…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Planning
Wayne, Andrew; Tanenbaum, Courtney; Brown, Delphinia; Boyle, Andrea – Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education, 2017
In recent years, federal education programs and policies have increasingly focused on teacher quality as a means for closing achievement gaps, in part by directing states to measure teacher qualifications and performance and to promote equitable access to qualified and effective teachers among schools within a district. This report provides a…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, State Government, Equal Education
Babineau, Kate – Cowen Institute, 2017
Nationally, there are dozens of established indicators of school performance and thousands of possible combinations of those indicators to create an accountability framework. How do policy makers decide which variables are most important? This relates to measurement modeling -- that is, how to incorporate all pieces of the puzzle into a…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Educational Assessment, Accountability, Best Practices
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2017
To comply with Section 1111(e) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are required to submit evidence associated with their assessment systems to the United States Department of Education (ED) for peer review. Thirty-eight states submitted evidence for their assessment…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Assessment, Compliance (Legal)
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education's review of state assessment systems is an evidence-based, peer review process for which each state submits evidence to demonstrate that its assessment system meets a set of established criteria, called Critical Elements. Critical Elements represent the Elementary and Secondary Education Act statutory and…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, State Standards, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Assessment
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, 2017
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations, based on the amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which took effect on October 1, 2016. The answers are general responses based on federal statutes,…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Federal Legislation, Civil Rights, Guidance
Forte, Ellen – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017
Large-scale academic assessments have played a dominant role in U.S. federal and state education policies over the past couple of decades. Among the many validity issues that presently concern test users is the evaluation of alignment among large-scale assessments and the academic content and performance standards on which they are based. This…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Measurement, Academic Standards, Educational Policy
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Thomas, Beth A. – Arts Education Policy Review, 2017
In 1968 the Bilingual Education Act marked the first comprehensive federal intervention in the schooling of language minoritized students by creating financial incentives for bilingual education in an effort to address social and educational inequities created by poverty and linguistic isolation in schools. Since that time federal education…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Visual Arts, Bilingualism
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Hakuta, Kenji – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
The article is a commentary on "Evaluating English Learner Reclassification Policy Effects across Districts," by Joseph R. Cimpian, Karen D. Thompson, and Martha B. Makowski, which is a wonderful display of the power of combining current analytic methods, present-day educational data sets, practitioner-researcher collaborative…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
US Department of Education, 2017
Student graduation from high school with a regular high school diploma is an important indicator of school success and one of the most significant indicators of student college and career readiness. In addition, there are substantial economic benefits to high school completion. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Education's National…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, High School Students, Graduation Rate
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Department of Education, 2017
English learners (ELs) are among the fastest-growing populations of students in our nation's public schools. This diverse subgroup of approximately 4.5 million students brings important cultural and linguistic assets to the public education system, but also faces a greater likelihood of lower graduation rates, academic achievement, and college…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Accountability, Resource Materials, Educational Legislation
US Department of Education, 2017
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and implementing regulations maintain requirements for State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs) to prepare and disseminate report cards that provide information on State, LEA, and school performance and…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Progress Monitoring
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