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Niebling, Rachel Bird; Lovell, Phillip – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002, the U.S. national high school graduation rate was 72.6 percent. Today, the national high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 81 percent and the number of low-graduation-rate high schools has declined considerably. While this progress is notable,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change
Data Quality Campaign, 2015
The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides an opportunity to transform how data are used in education. The 2002 ESEA requirement to disaggregate data and provide them to the public has made it possible to have greater transparency and more accurate measures of academic performance than ever. Congress now has…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Data Collection
Powell, Allison; Roberts, Verena; Patrick, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
Our country has been trying to address the graduation crisis in many ways. We are seeing the impact of the efforts to improve graduation rates over the past twenty years including agreement among states to implement a common cohort-based graduation rate, research-based efforts to improve the transition to 9th grade, increased academic and social…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Graduation, Graduation Rate
Shyyan, Vitaliy; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L. – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2015
This report summarizes the fourteenth survey of states by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota. Results are presented for the 50 regular states and eight of the 11 unique states. The purpose of this report is to provide a snapshot of the new initiatives, trends, accomplishments, and emerging issues…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Alternative Assessment, State Surveys, Academic Standards
New Leaders, 2015
This brief outlines a series of proposals for using federal policy to bolster school leadership. The Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should highlight the unique role that principals play by targeting funding within the law to build principals' capacity as instructional leaders, culture builders and talent managers. ESEA should also…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy
Jennings, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The author draws on his extensive experience helping lead Congress's education efforts and later a highly respected education research concern to propose a new approach to federal education policy that expands and transforms the federal role. This new approach would significantly expand federal aid to schools that is not restricted to particular…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Public Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rogers-Chapman, M. Felicity – Education and Urban Society, 2015
Policy makers' attempts to improve low-achieving schools through reform measures are not new to the 21st century. Research asserts that this policy churn has done little, if anything, to change student achievement levels. Based on the research, I assert that policy reforms such as teacher evaluations and test-based assessment, and school…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Federal Programs, Politics of Education, Educational Change
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Williams, Sheneka M. – Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2015
As the federal role in education continuously evolves, accountability pressures for performance extend from classrooms to principals' offices. This newer form of accountability is changing the landscape of how school leaders are prepared, and ultimately, how they are evaluated. For some time, the onus of student achievement has been placed on…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Administrator Evaluation, Accountability
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Burke, April M. – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2015
Indiana English learners (ELs) constitute a rapidly growing portion of the state's school-aged population, and those classified as limited English proficient are low performers on the state test. The purpose of this embedded mixed methods study was to understand how school personnel respond to accountability mandates, interpret test scores, and…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Rural Schools, Educational Policy, Mixed Methods Research
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Bishop, Joseph P.; Jackson, John H. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2015
Looking at the evolution of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) over the last 50 years, this paper argues that many of the racial, social, and economic inequities of 1965 that President Johnson was hoping to address have only been accelerated. It's not only time for a modern rethink on educational equity, but also a much broader set…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Equal Education
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Seidel, Bob – State Education Standard, 2015
Summer learning loss creates a permanent drag on the US education system. With the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) developed "Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times" to provide out-of-school time programs, school districts,…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Stakeholders
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Pitcock, Sarah; Seidel, Bob – State Education Standard, 2015
As numerous studies from 1906 on have confirmed, children lose ground in learning if they lack opportunities for building skills over the summer. Nonetheless, summer learning loss comes up but rarely in the national discussion of education reform. By the end of summer, students perform on average one month behind where they left off in the spring.…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Maintenance, Program Development, Educational Policy
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Burton, Suzanne L.; Knaster, Jenna; Knieste, Maria – Journal of Music Teacher Education, 2015
A nationwide sample of undergraduate music education majors (N = 260; 69% completion rate) completed an electronic survey to determine awareness of music and general education policy and advocacy efforts. Students reported concern with the impact of policy on school music programs and their future careers. They were informed about music education…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Music
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López, Francesca; McEneaney, Elizabeth; Nieswandt, Martina – American Journal of Education, 2015
Little research currently examines language instruction educational programs (LIEPs) in states with a more recent growth of the Latino English learner population. To meet this need, the authors examined the content each of the state LIEPs, focusing chiefly on the extent to which the types of language support, as well as the stipulations associated…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Bilingual Education Programs
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Carpenter, Bradley W.; Diem, Sarah – Urban Education, 2015
Despite the federal government's historical effort to ensure educational equity via policies targeting issues critical to U.S. urban cities, a transformation has taken place in the discourses shaping educational policy solutions. While policies targeting educational equity have not completely vanquished, they have been largely re-written by…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Equal Education, Educational Policy, Urban Education
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