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Özek, Umut; Xu, Zeyu – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
The federal Race to the Top competition provided significant impetus for states to adopt value-added models as a part of their teacher evaluation systems. Such models typically link students to their teachers in the spring semester when statewide tests are administered and estimate a teacher's performance based on his or her students' learning…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Value Added Models, Misconceptions, Attribution Theory
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Derrington, Mary Lynne; Martinez, James Anthony – NASSP Bulletin, 2019
Teacher perceptions after 5 years of implementing evaluation protocols that were initiated under Race to the Top revealed attitudes about the evaluation instrument used and the nature of their relationship with the evaluator. This study surveyed middle and high school teachers in nine Eastern Tennessee school districts. Data indicated unintended…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Tests, Evaluators
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Hustedt, Jason T.; Buell, Martha J.; Hallam, Rena A.; Pinder, Wendy M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
Kindergarten has become increasingly academically oriented, and U.S. kindergarten teachers are increasingly called upon to implement policies that require assessment and promote accountability. However, little recent research has focused on kindergarten teachers' beliefs about kindergarten readiness. The authors examined teachers' beliefs related…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Beliefs, School Readiness
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Holloway, Jessica; Brass, Jory – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This article draws from Stephen Ball's work on markets, managerialism, and performativity to frame a comparative study that examines the reconstitution of the teacher-subject across a pivotal decade in which neoliberal standards and accountability reforms effected significant changes in US education. It juxtaposes two qualitative studies conducted…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, English Teachers, Accountability, Comparative Analysis
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Ferrare, Joseph J.; Setari, R. Renee – Educational Researcher, 2018
A growing body of research has been documenting the pivotal role that philanthropic funding plays in advancing state and local charter school reform. However, there is little understanding of the geographic flow of these funding patterns and the market, policy, and organizational conditions that have concentrated funding in some clusters of states…
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Wright, Kim B.; Shields, Samantha M.; Black, Katie; Banerjee, Manjari; Waxman, Hersh C. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
In the present study, hierarchical linear modeling with random intercept models was used to estimate the impact school and teacher-level factors had on K-12 teachers' perceptions of school influence, curricular and pedagogical autonomy, and job satisfaction in the early years of the Race to the Top Era. The main predictors investigated were…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Influence, Professional Autonomy, Job Satisfaction
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Wachen, John; Harrison, Christopher; Cohen-Vogel, Lora – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2018
Through policies like No Child Left Behind, the federal government incentivized the use of student performance data as a core strategy for improving student achievement. The assumption behind these efforts is that data will be used to guide teacher practice and promote high-quality instruction. This study examined how teachers describe using data…
Descriptors: Information Utilization, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Teacher Attitudes
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Wilcox, Kristen Campbell; Lawson, Hal A. – Journal of Educational Change, 2018
This multiple case study investigated 143 teachers' responses to focus group questions about their experiences with the simultaneous implementation of three disruptive innovations as part of the U.S. Race-to-the-Top (RTTT) agenda: the Common Core Learning Standards, data-driven instruction, and annual professional performance reviews. We asked:…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy
Greene, Jay P.; McShane, Michael Q. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Over the last two decades, federal and state policy makers have launched a number of ambitious, large-scale education reform initiatives--No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Common Core State Standards, and others--only to see them sputter and fail. In 2017, the authors convened a number of leading scholars to explore why those initiatives…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Failure, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation
Petrova, Kitchka – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The Race to the Top (RTTT) federal grant program was an initiative that targeted improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. However, the evaluation of the program reported only student outcomes for mathematics and reading/language arts. The purpose of this study was to estimate the effects of RTTT program on…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Federal Programs
Lecount-Johnson, Margaret Louise – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Since the adoption of CCSS by 43 states, there has been growing concern regarding teacher training and preparation of state standards for students with disabilities. Through a better understanding of the kinds of support and training needed for teachers to apply the CCSS, the educational system may offer students with disabilities the experience…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Disabilities, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Attitudes
Hess, Frederick M., Ed.; McShane, Michael Q., Ed. – Harvard Education Press, 2018
Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane have gathered a diverse group of scholars to examine the shifting federal role in education across the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. While the administrations were vastly different, one thing remained constant: an ongoing and significant expansion of the federal role in…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Politics of Education, Government Role, Federal Government
DeSoto, Desire Aguste – ProQuest LLC, 2018
High-stakes teacher evaluations (HSTEs) in public education influence millions of students and teachers across the U.S. Currently, there is a dearth of published quantitative research that shows the relation of HSTEs to teacher job satisfaction. The purpose of this quasiexperimental quantitative study was to determine if implementation of HSTEs in…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Teacher Evaluation, Public Education, Job Satisfaction
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Tutt, Kevin – Arts Education Policy Review, 2018
Solid, well-grounded teachers can be instrumental in solving the problems facing our schools and students because it is successful teachers who are the most valuable, in-school contributors to our students' success. The importance of teacher preparation programs (TPPs) in developing quality teachers has been reinforced by researchers who have…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Art Education, Teacher Education Programs, Program Evaluation
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Prizovskaya, Victoria – Journal of Education and Learning, 2018
The Student Growth Objectives are assessments created locally or by commercial educational organizations. The students' scores from the Student Growth Objectives are included in teacher summative evaluation as one of the measures of teacher's effectiveness. The high amplitude of the requirements in teacher evaluation raised a concern of whether…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Evaluation, Student Educational Objectives, Measures (Individuals)
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