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Marr, John P. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Professional development has been a focus of public education since World War II, yet, it was not until the passage of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act in 1994 that professional development became federally mandated. The infusion of educational technology at the start of Goals 2000 created a natural connection with professional development. In…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, War, Active Learning, Educational Technology
Rebell, Michael A. – Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2011
Raising academic standards and eliminating achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students are America's prime national educational goals. Current federal and state policies, however, largely ignore the fact that the childhood poverty rate in the United States is 21%, the highest in the industrialized world, and that poverty…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Low Income Students, Constitutional Law, Equal Protection
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Burch, Patricia – Journal of Education Policy, 2010
Key legislative objectives for the US Federal educational policy over the past several decades relied heavily on quasi-market strategies (such as school rating, school closure, the contracting out of schools) as central levers in "reforming" public schools. Using financial data on 11 national for-profit firms contracting with schools and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Public Education, Federal Legislation
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Kos, Ronald P., Jr. – Arts Education Policy Review, 2010
Policy can be a useful tool for effecting change, but policy analysis, which shapes policy development, has been underused in music education research. This paper demonstrates how Bardach's (2000) Eightfold Path can be used to develop solutions to problems in music education. Some have argued that school music programs do not prepare students to…
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Welner, Kevin – Review of Research in Education, 2010
The call for American students to meet world-class standards in the federal Goals 2000: Education America Act (1994) and No Child Left Behind legislation, as well as state standards and accountability legislation, has been explicitly inclusive: All students must be held to these high standards. Litigation offers the potential to leverage…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Academic Standards, Court Litigation
Bourque, Mary Lyn – National Assessment Governing Board, 2009
A history of the achievement levels for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) could be documented in different ways. A chronological history might be the obvious approach, but in the author's view, that could miss the most salient aspects of setting student performance standards on an assessment like NAEP. Further, new initiatives…
Descriptors: Achievement, National Competency Tests, Governing Boards, Grade 8
Shore, Rebecca A. – School Administrator, 2009
Within America's school systems, sometime between kindergarten and secondary education, a wide variation appears among the achievement levels of different children. The learning gap between high-achieving high schoolers and dropouts is certainly no secret to educators. Huge sums of federal funds and foundation support have been injected into K-12…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Dropouts, High Achievement
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Wild, Tiffany; Allen, Ann – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2009
With the passage of Goals 2000, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and the Education Science Reform Act of 2002, Congress has put a priority on a science curriculum for children that is based on research on the best practices in science education. According to the U.S. Department of Education, teachers "need to know what programs and…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Science Education, Best Practices, Educational Research
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Nave, Gary; Nishioka, Vicki; Burke, Arthur – Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, 2009
This study reports on the developmental functioning levels of children from birth through age 2 in early intervention services and children ages 3-5 in early childhood special education services at the time of entry into services, using data from the Oregon Early Childhood Assessment System. The assessment system contains data on the assessed…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Early Intervention, Disabilities, Young Children
Vinovskis, Maris – Teachers College Press, 2008
Distinguished historian and policy analyst Maris Vinovskis examines federal K-12 education policies, beginning with the publication of "A Nation at Risk" and focusing on the National Education Goals, America 2000, Goals 2000, and No Child Left Behind. In addition to discussing key policy debates, he also addresses the practical aspects…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Public Policy
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Barrier-Ferreira, Julia – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2008
Standardized testing is a reality with which all educators must contend. Although the laws enforcing such assessments do so under the premise that students will thereby be assured an equal opportunity for academic success, they overlook a critical point--students are human beings with needs that reach beyond what is measured on a test. In this…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Testing, Standardized Tests, Educational Environment
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Flynn, Gregory V. – Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 2007
An ever growing body of research indicates that parental involvement is a key factor in the success of children in school. Studies have shown that children whose parents take an active interest in their education benefit in a number of ways. These children generally have higher academic achievement, better attendance, a sense of well-being, a…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Parent School Relationship
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Domenico, Desirae M.; Jones, Karen H. – Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, 2007
Adolescent pregnancy has occurred throughout America's history. Only in recent years has it been deemed an urgent crisis, as more young adolescent mothers give birth outside of marriage. At-risk circumstances associated with adolescent pregnancy include medical and health complications, less schooling and higher dropout rates, lower career…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Pregnancy, Early Adolescents, Technical Education
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Hatfield, Thomas A. – Arts Education Policy Review, 2007
In the past decade of educational reform, there has been one astounding accomplishment: The federal and state governments and the private sector have recommended and adopted policies to advance the visual and performing arts as essential to a comprehensive education. The goals created by the president and the governors of all 50 states for…
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Academic Standards
Wong, Ovid K.; Lam, Ming-Long – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006
Education reforms such as "A Nation at Risk" and "Goals 2000" have come and gone. However, we can be confident that the goal of student improvement shall not pass if the core mission is student learning. The true mission of learning has prompted educators to ponder the following questions: How do we need each student to behave?…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Student Improvement, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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