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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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Gilbert, Ashley Danielle – Arts Education Policy Review, 2016
Federal laws and funding initiatives, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Race to the Top campaign, have created an increasing incentive for schools nationwide to document student progress, standardize assessment practices, and evaluate teachers according to student success. In response, the Common Core State Standards, a popular yet…
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Assessment, Teacher Evaluation, Common Core State Standards
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Brown, Kathleen M. – Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development, 2016
North Carolina's Race to the Top (RttT) grant earmarked approximately $17.5 million to "increase the number of principals qualified to lead transformational change in low-performing schools in both rural and urban areas" (NCDPI, 2010, p.10). To accomplish this, the state established three Regional Leadership Academies (RLAs)…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Programs
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Au, Wayne – Educational Forum, 2016
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their associated high-stakes testing are key parts of the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative. There has been considerable resistance to both CCSS and related testing, particularly from conservative actors. This resistance suggests that CCSS has caused substantial tension within the conservative…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Federal Regulation, Educational Change, Politics of Education
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Akiba, Motoko; Wilkinson, Bryan – Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
The state of Florida has taken an unprecedented approach to teacher professional development in its Race to the Top (RTTT) Program application by proposing to promote an international innovation that originates in Japan, "lesson study," as a statewide teacher professional development model. Since winning the US$700 million RTTT funding…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Federal Programs
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Durand, Francesca T.; Lawson, Hal A.; Wilcox, Kristen Campbell; Schiller, Kathryn S. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2016
Purpose: This multiple case study investigated district leaders' orientations and strategies as their elementary schools proceeded with state-mandated implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We identified differences between schools achieving above-predicted outcomes on state CCSS assessments ("odds-beaters") and…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Case Studies, Elementary Schools, Program Implementation
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Bingham, Andrea J. – Teachers College Record, 2016
Background/Context: Blended learning--a learning model in which online learning is combined with faceto- face instruction to provide a more personalized learning experience for students--has shown enormous growth in recent years. Though many policymakers and educators are optimistic about the potential of blended learning to provide the type of…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Charter Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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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Faria, Ann-Marie; Greenberg, Ariela; Hawkinson, Laura; Metzger, Ivan – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2016
This report describes common and unique approaches that Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest Region states have adopted in developing and implementing their quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs). A QRIS is a method for assessing, improving, and communicating the quality of early childhood education and care providers. The study…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Grants, Quality Assurance
Medlin, Shane A. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
American students in the 21st century are growing up with Internet accessible technology available at their fingertips. Considering this and the continued pressure to compete in a global society, The United States' Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan (NETP) (2010) calls for educators to leverage technology in order to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Standardized Tests, Statistical Analysis, Grade 4
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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
Brown, Catherine; Partelow, Lisette; Konoske-Graf, Annette – Center for American Progress, 2016
There has been a sea change in teacher evaluation over the past eight years. Inspired in part by President Barack Obama's policies, schools have instituted teacher evaluation systems that include multiple measures of teacher impact. Model systems are aligned to systems of continuous improvement, helping teachers identify areas of weakness in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Case Studies, Teacher Improvement, State Policy
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Rickman, Dana – State Education Standard, 2016
By combining an overall vision for the use of data, a commitment to protecting student privacy and data integrity, and supportive legislation, Georgia emerged as a leader in the effective use of student data. But it easily could have gone another way. None of the three elements could be taken for granted when Georgia set out to develop its state…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Educational Legislation
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Nixon, Andy; Packard, Abbot; Dam, Margaret – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2016
This quantitative study investigated the relationship between teacher dispositions, subject content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and reasons that school principals recommend non-renewal of teachers' contracts. Nearly 2,000 school principals in 13 states completed an emailed survey. In deciding whether to non-renew a teacher contract,…
Descriptors: Teacher Dismissal, Contracts, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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