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Koppich, Julia E.; Humphrey, Daniel C. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 1, 2013, represents an historic and path-breaking shift for California, the first comprehensive change in the state's education funding system in 40 years. Each district now receives a base funding allocation and, in keeping with the law's equity focus, added…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, State Aid, School District Autonomy
Education Commission of the States, 2017
In December 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and, with it, ushered in a new era of education policy in America. Leaving behind many of the most criticized aspects of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), this newest incarnation of the primary federal legislation guiding K-12 education provides state and…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hollands, Fiona M.; Levin, Henry M. – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2017
This brief provides guidance to decision makers in schools, districts, state education departments, and intermediary organizations about ways that cost analyses can help inform their decisions about program choices, budgets, and strategies. It addresses questions about: (1) why cost information matters in education; (2) what cost metrics are…
Descriptors: Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making, Cost Indexes
Bernoteit, Stephanie A.; Holt, Janet K.; Kirchhoff, Amber – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
The early childhood educator workforce has widely ranging credentials and degrees, qualifications and compensation, typically varying by setting. Yet, there is a national call for aligning and strengthening requirements for preparation of the early childhood workforce to ensure that young children thrive and reach their potential at each stage in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs
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Jimerson, Jo Beth; Childs, Joshua – Educational Policy, 2017
Numerous actors influence how educational policies play out in practice, but this does not mean that policies themselves are without power. Policies are crafted and enacted in part because they serve as signal and symbol: How a policy is formally codified establishes expectations, exerts norming influence, and catalyzes shifts in how issues are…
Descriptors: State Policy, School Districts, Educational Policy, Informed Consent
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McFarland, Joel; Hussar, Bill; de Brey, Cristobal; Snyder, Tom; Wang, Xiaolei; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Gebrekristos, Semhar; Zhang, Jijun; Rathbun, Amy; Barmer, Amy; Bullock Mann, Farrah; Hinz, Serena – National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
"The Condition of Education 2017" is a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing the latest data on education in the United States. This report is designed to help policymakers and the public monitor educational progress. This year's report includes 50 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education
Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, 2017
The question of how the U.S. will develop a citizenry with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century has attracted the attention of legislators, scientists, and educators. Answering this question leads inevitably to its roots: how well are we preparing young children to enter kindergarten ready to learn? Educators in k-12…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Child Development
Rafa, Alyssa – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Research shows that chronic absenteeism can affect academic performance in later grades and is a key early warning sign that a student is more likely to drop out of high school. Several states enacted legislation to address this issue, and many states are currently discussing the utility of chronic absenteeism as an indicator of school quality or…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, At Risk Students
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Crispin, Laura M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
I estimate the effect of extracurricular participation on the high school dropout decision with a particular focus on at-risk students. Using a sample of tenth grade students from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, I jointly estimate the dropout and participation decisions (including extracurricular offerings per student), and…
Descriptors: High School Students, At Risk Students, Extracurricular Activities, Student Participation
Elias, Maurice J.; Nayman, Samuel J.; Duffell, Joan C.; Kim, Sarah A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Considering the key role of social-emotional and character development (SECD) competencies in college, career, and life success--and considering that many of those competencies are teachable--there is no excuse for failing to incorporate them systematically into our education system. That would be the equivalent of depriving children of oxygen.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Skill Development, Policy Formation
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Hanson, Havala; Bisht, Biraj; Motamedi, Jason Greenberg – Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, 2017
Students who take advanced courses in high school are more likely to enroll and persist in college. This report describes patterns in advanced coursetaking among three groups of students in Washington state: Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary or home language is not Spanish, and English-only speakers. This…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Enrollment Trends, Academic Achievement, Spanish Speaking
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Seastrom, Marilyn – Institute of Education Sciences, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 (Public Law 114-95) requires each state to create a plan for its statewide accountability system. In particular, ESSA calls for state plans that include strategies for reporting education outcomes by grade for all students and for economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and…
Descriptors: Accountability, Best Practices, Information Security, Sample Size
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Ryan, Sarah; Lavigne, Heather J.; Zweig, Jacqueline S.; Buffington, Pamela J. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2017
Districts across the nation are seeking ways to increase efficiency by maintaining, if not improving, educational outcomes using fewer resources. One measure that is sometimes used as a proxy for school district efficiency is an expenditure-to-performance ratio, for example a ratio of per pupil expenditures to student academic performance. This…
Descriptors: School Districts, Expenditure per Student, Academic Achievement, Computation
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Tondeur, Jo; van Braak, Johan; Ertmer, Peggy A.; Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Anne – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2017
This review was designed to further our understanding of the link between teachers' pedagogical beliefs and their educational uses of technology. The synthesis of qualitative findings integrates the available evidence about this relationship with the ultimate goal being to facilitate the integration of technology in education. A meta-aggregative…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Meta Analysis
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Jessani, Nasreen; Kennedy, Caitlin; Bennett, Sara – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2017
This article examines the complex interactions and strategies for engagement--both existing as well as desired--between academic Knowledge Brokers (KBs) and national health policymakers in Kenya. Based on semi-structured interviews with academic KBs and university leaders from six Schools of Public Health (SPHs) as well as national policymakers,…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making, Public Health, Foreign Countries
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