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Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Tax credit scholarship (TCS) programs offer state tax credits to individuals or businesses that donate to scholarship funds for students to attend private elementary and secondary schools. Through these credits, donors may reduce the amount they owe in state taxes by the full or a partial amount of their donation, depending on each program's…
Descriptors: School Choice, Tax Credits, Scholarships, Donors
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Posamentier, Jordan; Lake, Robin; Hill, Paul – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2017
State policy plays a critical role in determining whether and how well local education improvement strategies can be implemented. As states rework their education policies under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state and local leaders need a way to assess their current policy environment and identify the changes needed to encourage local…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Innovation, Problem Solving, State Policy
Data Quality Campaign, 2017
States can--and must--create report cards that meet the needs of parents, communities, and taxpayers. Getting people the data they need is essential because when families and communities have the right information to make decisions, students excel. Every state is required by federal law, and sometimes state law, to produce report cards detailing…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Access to Information, Elementary Schools, High Schools
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
Voss, Hans – Achieve, Inc., 2015
As states and districts transition to college- and career-ready standards and aligned assessments, the need for high-quality instructional materials is clear. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer a low-cost solution with high potential to assist teachers nationwide in helping students meet the demands of higher standards. More and more…
Descriptors: State Policy, College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Standards
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2015
Since 2013, states have witnessed significant legislative activity related to secondary- and postsecondary-level career/technical education (CTE). One key goal of much recent policymaking activity has been to improve alignment between high school and postsecondary CTE programs, including by developing state or regional structures to design career…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Alignment (Education), Elementary Secondary Education, State Policy
Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Improving teacher preparation is critical to long-term improvement in teacher quality. More than 200,000 new teachers enter classrooms each year. Increasing student enrollment, the retirement of baby boom generation teachers, and high attrition in their first five years (between 40 and 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession) have…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness
Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Teachers have the greatest school-based effect on the achievement of any child in their classrooms, but highly effective principals can positively affect the achievement of every student in their schools. The difference between a highly effective principal and an average one is equal to two-to-seven months of extra learning per year for each child…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Improvement
Asera, Rose; McDonnell, Rachel Pleasants; Soricone, Lisa; Anderson, Nate; Endel, Barbara – Jobs For the Future, 2013
It is a truism of American social policy that our nation has great success generating innovative programs that improve outcomes for participants--but that we are far less effective at moving from small, "boutique" programs into broadly applied solutions that improve the prospects of large numbers of individuals. This is certainly true in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Innovation, Scaling, Sustainability
MacTaggart, Terrence – Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 2011
In a time of transformation in higher education, "Leading Change: How Boards and Presidents Build Exceptional Institutions" fills a significant void in leadership literature and focuses on the changing level of board engagement. This book examines 18 institutions, across the spectrum of higher education, at which the board played a…
Descriptors: College Presidents, Governing Boards, Trustees, Higher Education