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Darling-Hammond, Linda; Bae, Soung; Cook-Harvey, Channa M.; Lam, Livia; Mercer, Charmaine; Podolsky, Anne; Stosich, Elizabeth Leisy – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2016
This paper examines the options available to states to redefine their accountability systems as they begin to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new law provides the possibility that states can create more balanced systems of support and accountability focused on educating young people so they can become productive, engaged…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Program Implementation
Zielezinski, Molly B.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2016
How can technologies and digital learning experiences be used to support underserved, under-resourced, and underprepared students? For many years, educators, researchers, and policy makers looking for strategies to close the achievement gap and improve student learning have sought solutions involving new uses of technology, especially for students…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Disproportionate Representation, Disadvantaged Youth, Outcomes of Education
Taylor, Catherine; Kokka, Kari; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Dieckmann, Jack; Pacheco, Vivian Santana; Sandler, Susan; Bae, Soung – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2016
Engaging students in meaningful applications of their knowledge is a key aspect of both addressing the standards and providing greater access. Not only do the standards emphasize the importance of meaningful engagement in real-world tasks, but evidence shows that engagement is strongly related to student performance on assessment tasks, especially…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Performance Based Assessment, Task Analysis, Relevance (Education)
Noguera, Pedro; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Friedlaender, Diane – Jobs For the Future, 2015
Out of concern that the nation's schools--particularly those working with traditionally underserved populations--are not adequately preparing all students to succeed in college and careers, education policymakers have launched a series of major reform efforts in recent years. To help students meet the new standards, schools will need to provide…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Low Income Students, Educational Quality, Educational Change
Noguera, Pedro; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Friedlaender, Diane – Jobs For the Future, 2015
Out of concern that the nation's schools--particularly those working with traditionally underserved populations--are not adequately preparing all students to succeed in college and careers, education policymakers have launched a series of major reform efforts in recent years. To help students meet the new standards, schools will need to provide…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Low Income Students, Educational Quality, Educational Change
Parsi, Ace; Darling-Hammond, Linda – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2015
Employers, postsecondary institutions, and civic leaders are urging greater focus on 21st century skills essential for college, career, and civic success: problem solving, interpersonal skills, and collaboration, among others. In response to these demands, states across the country are working to realign policies--on learning standards,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, State Policy, Performance Based Assessment, Sustainability
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Educational Researcher, 2015
The five thoughtful papers included in this issue of "Educational Researcher" ("ER") raise new questions about the use of value-added methods (VAMs) to estimate teachers' contributions to students' learning as part of personnel evaluation. The papers address both technical and implementation concerns, considering potential…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Scores, Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2015
For years now, educators have looked to international tests as a yardstick to measure how well students from the United States are learning compared with their peers. The answer has been: not so well. The United States has been falling further behind other nations and has struggled with a large achievement gap. Federal policy under No Child Left…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Testing
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Turnipseed, Stephan; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2015
The number one quality business leaders look for in employees is creativity and yet the U.S. education system undermines the development of the higher-order skills that promote creativity by its dogged focus on multiple-choice tests. Stephan Turnipseed and Linda DarlingHammond discuss the kind of rich accountability system that will help students…
Descriptors: Accountability, Creativity, Educational Testing, Business
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Hill, Paul T. – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2015
In summer of 2014, two groups of scholars and policy experts met separately to rethink educational accountability. These groups came from what most would consider different "camps" on school reform--one focused on transforming teaching for "deeper learning" and the other focused on choice as a means for leveraging school…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
California's new accountability system originated in the radical decentralization of power and authority from Sacramento to local schools and their communities brought about by the Legislature's adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. Under California's previous accountability policies and the federal "No Child Left…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Funding Formulas
Hamedani, MarYam G.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
The psychological, social, and emotional aspects of education have enjoyed increased attention in recent years as often termed "non-cognitive factors" and "soft skills" have gained traction in research, policy, and practice circles as major drivers of student achievement. This renewed attention represents an important shift, as…
Descriptors: Social Development, High Schools, High School Students, Student Empowerment
Adamson, Frank; Cook-Harvey, Channa; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
As charters and other public and private schools of choice have created a new landscape in many urban areas across the country, some districts have adopted the idea of creating "portfolios" of options. Central to the philosophy of a portfolio district is continuous improvement, as lowest-performing schools are transformed or replaced.…
Descriptors: School Choice, Portfolios (Background Materials), School Districts, Charter Schools
Adamson, Frank; Cook-Harvey, Channa; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
As charters and other public and private schools of choice have created a new landscape in many urban areas across the country, some districts have adopted the idea of creating "portfolios" of options. Central to the philosophy of a portfolio district is continuous improvement, as lowest-performing schools are transformed or replaced. In…
Descriptors: School Choice, Portfolios (Background Materials), School Districts, Charter Schools
Friedlaender, Diane; Beckham, Kyle; Zheng, Xinhua; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2015
This report documents the practices and outcomes of Alice Birney, a public K-8 Waldorf-Inspired School in Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). This study highlights how such a school addresses students' academic, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Birney students outperform similar students in SCUSD on several…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Educational Research
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