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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
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Gallagher, H. Alix; Arshan, Nicole; Woodworth, Katrina – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Writing is an essential skill for participating in modern American society. Although it is crucial to careers and civic engagement, student writing falls far short of national expectations (College Board, 2004; NCES, 2012; Persky, Daane, & Jin, 2003). The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) seek to increase the rigor of writing instruction…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Writing Instruction, National Programs
Patrick, Susan; Worthen, Maria; Frost, Dale; Gentz, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2016
Students, teachers, and school leaders are seeking flexibility and supports to enable powerful, personalized learning experiences both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. In personalized learning, instruction is tailored to each student's strengths, needs, and interests--including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when,…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Instruction
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
Moreno, Jenny Bonilla; Gaines, Elizabeth; Evennou, Danielle – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This report is intended to help governors, legislators, department secretaries, and advocates find information on ways to strengthen the structure and function of their existing cabinets, or create a new cabinet. The survey in this report is the nation's only survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies. The biennial survey assesses…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Surveys, State Agencies, Children
Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Policymakers know that improving teaching in our schools requires a systemic look at many policies related to educator effectiveness. For example, teacher preparation programs need to be dramatically improved and strengthened, but without accompanying reform in compensation, even highly effective and innovative schools of education are unlikely to…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications
Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Until recently, states focused on ensuring the presence of a "highly qualified teacher" in every classroom. Under the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), this title described a teacher holding at least a bachelor's degree and the appropriate state license and…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Opportunities, Teacher Qualifications
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
Alamprese, Judith A.; Limardo, Chrys – Office of Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education, 2012
The "Policy to Performance Toolkit" is designed to provide state adult education staff and key stakeholders with guidance and tools to use in developing, implementing, and monitoring state policies and their associated practices that support an effective state adult basic education (ABE) to postsecondary education and training transition…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Transitional Programs, Postsecondary Education, State Policy
Alamprese, Judith A. – Office of Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education's Policy to Performance project was funded in 2009 to build the capacity of state adult basic education (ABE) staff to develop and implement policies and practices that would support an ABE transition system. Policy to Performance states were selected though a competitive process. State adult education directors…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Federal Programs, Educational Policy, Transitional Programs
Alonso, Juan Diego; Rothstein, Richard – Economic Policy Institute, 2010
For two decades, researchers at the Economic Policy Institute have been tracking nine school districts, typical of districts nationwide, to understand how the spending levels and composition in elementary and secondary education have changed over time. The first report, "Where's the Money Gone?" (1995) tracked expenditures from 1967 to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Public Education, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation