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Whinnery, Erin; Pompelia, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2019
For many students, developmental education is the largest obstacle to college success, hindering progress before they ever enroll in a college-level course. Postsecondary practitioners and researchers have been re-examining and challenging many traditional elements of developmental education from placement strategies to the sequence of courses…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Policy, Postsecondary Education, College Students
Rowland, Cortney; Feygin, Amy; Lee, Fanny; Gomez, Sebastian; Rasmussen, Claudette – American Institutes for Research, 2018
During the past decade, states and districts have made significant investments in developing systems to measure teacher performance. The goals of such systems are to improve practice, inform professional growth, and ultimately improve student learning. In the very best of these systems, educators know the expected teaching standards and receive…
Descriptors: School Districts, Communities of Practice, Vignettes, Accountability
Swail, Watson Scott; Fung-Angarita, Maly – Educational Policy Institute, 2018
The issue of student retention and graduation from postsecondary institutions has grown in stature over the past decade. While the last 40 years of federal and state policies have focused largely on access to college, there is now a very real interest in not only getting students into college but also helping them earn baccalaureate and other…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Postsecondary Education, College Students, School Holding Power
Foundation for Excellence in Education, 2018
A full year of progress in advancing education reform across America is documented in each of the Foundation for Excellence in Education's Annual Reports. This report presents the broad range of initiatives that the Foundation for Excellence in Education is working on--policies that personalize the learning experience for students, that challenge…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Learning Experience, College Readiness
Mitchel, Ashley LiBetti; Aldeman, Chad – Bellwether Education Partners, 2016
States, programs, and schools have long focused on the inputs of teacher preparation--the rules for candidates and the preparation programs they attend--because inputs were thought to predict teacher effectiveness, and because they were often the best option available. But in the early 2000s, policymakers began trying to evaluate preparation…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Outcomes of Education, Accountability, Program Effectiveness
Anderson, Kimberly; Mire, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2016
This report presents a multi-year study of how states are implementing their state college- and career-readiness standards. In this report, the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB's) Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards project studied state efforts in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to foster effective…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, State Standards, State Policy, State Programs
National Charter School Resource Center, 2016
In partnership with the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC), the National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) has been conducting authorizer assessments over the past six years. However, the correlation between high-quality authorization practices and charter school impact has largely been unexplored. This report uses a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Formative Evaluation, Educational Quality, School Administration
Gemin, Butch; Pape, Larry; Vashaw, Lauren; Watson, John – Evergreen Education Group, 2015
Online learning has steadily become a more integral strategy for schools and districts in their efforts to offer students greater access to the courses they need. Where in the past, much of the online learning activity happened at the state level or regional level, more and more schools are exercising greater control over their online and digital…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
Achieve, Inc., 2015
Earning college credit in high school matters to students and parents. Students who earn college credits by taking a college-level course while in high school are more likely to enter college and succeed. Through these experiences, students become familiar with college expectations, academic behaviors, and habits of mind; get a head start on…
Descriptors: High School Students, Dual Enrollment, College Credits, Accountability
Kim, Kellie; Schiller, Ellen; Meinders, Dona; Nadkarni, Swati; Bull, Bruce; Crain, Danielle; Huennekens, Bill; O'Hara, Nancy; Thacker, Christopher – IDEA Data Center, 2015
This white paper provides a snapshot of available policies and guidance related to online learning and students with disabilities from a small group of states that require online experience as part of high school graduation or report a higher number of online course enrollments. The Appendix allows for a quick scan of the following 12 elements…
Descriptors: State Policy, Electronic Learning, Position Papers, Definitions
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Porter, Andrew C. – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2014
Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K-12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional alignment to standards/assessments, observational and student survey measures…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Educational Quality
Aldeman, Chad; Chuong, Carolyn – Bellwether Education Partners, 2014
This report examines the ongoing effort to revamp teacher evaluations. After collecting and synthesizing data from 17 states and the District of Columbia, it provides five major lessons for policymakers. New evaluation systems are just one part of sweeping changes in American schools. Because the number and extent of these changes are daunting,…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
All of the 15 states in this study have recently been involved in school accountability system reform. Since 2011, the states have taken advantage of a federal program to give them flexibility around certain accountability requirements of the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 (NCLB), the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and…
Descriptors: Accountability, State Standards, Academic Standards, Program Implementation
Hite, Jenny; Lord, Joan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
This brief report offers analysis of ACT and SAT results from 2008 to 2013 in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region. The brief focuses on the increase in test participation rates and points to policies that SREB states initiated that affected these rates. Five SREB states currently require 100 percent student participation on the…
Descriptors: College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Influences
Decuir, Erica – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
This latest brief updates education leaders on the key policies the 13 (Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states plan to implement under federal waivers to No Child Left Behind. It details,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Geographic Location, Educational Legislation
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