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Gulosino, Charisse – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Evaluations of teacher preparation programs (TPPs) based in part on the performance of program completers have emerged as an education reform strategy in several states and have become central features of the Race to the Top (RTTT) grant competition. The objective of this policy review is to examine how the state of Tennessee measured and reported…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Program Evaluation
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Tienken, Christopher H.; Colella, Anthony; Angelillo, Christian; Fox, Meredith; McCahill, Kevin R.; Wolfe, Adam – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The use of standardized test results to drive school administrator evaluations pervades education policymaking in more than 40 states. However, the results of state standardized tests are strongly influenced by non-school factors. The models of best fit (n = 18) from this correlational, explanatory, longitudinal study predicted accurately the…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Standardized Tests, Test Results, Models
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Levitt, Roberta – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
The enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) and the subsequent succession of legislative acts have had a profound impact on educational policy. An increased emphasis on teacher accountability and effectiveness led to the use of standardized test results to determine tangible rewards or punishments. In response, a culture of teaching to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Common Core State Standards, Educational Policy
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Hunt, Kari; Gurvitch, Rachel; Lund, Jacalyn L. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2016
Educational reform in the past decade has placed a very strong emphasis on teacher accountability and student achievement. This change in focus has caused a thorough reexamination of how teacher quality and effectiveness are defined in the field, and has triggered a reform of the teacher evaluation process. As a result, generic, all-encompassing…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Physical Education Teachers, Physical Education
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Reyes-Guerra, Daniel; Lochmiller, Chad R. – Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2016
Florida's Race to the Top (RTTT) competition invited university-district partnerships to compete for funds aimed at improving principal preparation programs. In this article, we report findings from a qualitative case study focused on one program partnership funded by RTTT. Drawing upon interviews with faculty and relevant documents, we conducted…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
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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
McKibbin, Kerry Marie – ProQuest LLC, 2016
In this critical bifocal case study, the author examines how the Obama administration's Race to the Top education reform agenda was enacted into policy that gave rise to the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which was in turn embodied by a single MA English education teacher preparation program in New York State. Drawing on Weis and Fine's…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, Case Studies, English Teacher Education
Smith, Orin; Windish, Daniel; Taylor, Rosemarye – Education Leadership Review, 2016
This longitudinal study examined the professional perceptions of educational leaders as to the fairness and impact of teacher evaluation and compensation reforms under Race to the Top. The study surveyed graduate students in education and educational leadership programs to assess changes in their perceptions from prior to RTTT implementation…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid
Lichtenberger, Eric J.; Klostermann, Brenda K.; Duffy, Daniel Q. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2015
The main goals of this implementation study were to: (1) examine how the grant recipients were implementing the changes set forth in their grant proposals; (2) identify initial barriers to implementation of grant activities; (3) identify catalysts that aided in goal attainment and/or partnership development; and (4) consider the sustainability of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Grants, Innovation
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Kealey, Jarrett; Peterson, Renee; Thompson, Angela; Waters, Kristin – College and University, 2015
The road from prekindergarten (pre-K) to post-doctoral (post-doc) work is riddled with potholes, detours, u-turns, and construction zones. National education initiatives such as No Child Left Behind, the Common Core, Race to the Top, Performance-Based Funding, College Readiness and Completion Acts, and Post-Graduate Gainful Employment Reports…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Strategic Planning, Barriers
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Tanenbaum, Courtney; Boyle, Andrea; Graczewski, Cheryl; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Dragoset, Lisa; Hallgren, Kristin – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2015
One objective of the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) School Improvement Grants (SIG) and Race to the Top (RTT) program is to help states enhance their capacity to support the turnaround of low-performing schools. This capacity may be important, given how difficult it is to produce substantial and sustained achievement gains in low-performing…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Grants
Grigsby, Susan K. S.; Helfrich, Jennifer; Deissler, Christa Harrelson – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes how school librarians in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) in Georgia addressed a concern regarding the performance evaluation tool that stemmed from the passing of House Bill (HB) 244, which was passed in response to the state's Race to the Top (RT3) application requirements. The bill became law on July 1, 2014, and the…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), College School Cooperation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Evaluation
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 2015
This year's joint report highlights the progress made in education since the special session of the 106th General Assembly (2010), which included passage of the First to the Top and Complete College Tennessee Acts. Both Acts provide a framework for collaboration between all state systems of education, addressing the overarching need to produce a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Public Education
US Department of Education, 2015
Race to the Top's success ultimately must be measured by its long-term impact on student learning. Because simultaneous change in multiple systems takes time, it is too early to make that determination of success now. However, it is not too early to learn from the positive achievements of and challenges faced by Race to the Top states. This report…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
US Department of Education, 2015
Race to the Top's success ultimately must be measured by its long-term impact on student learning. Because simultaneous change in multiple systems takes time, it is too early to make that determination of success now. However, it is not too early to learn from the positive achievements of and challenges faced by Race to the Top states. This…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
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