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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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Wakefield, Dara V. – AILACTE Journal, 2017
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Race to the Top (RT3) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have piled up federal mandates into a "perfect storm" for Georgia teachers. This study considers the impact of this storm through the eyes of 23 Georgia teachers. A tidal wave of federal mandates leaves teachers overwhelmed and skeptical about…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Teacher Attitudes
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Wieczorek, Douglas; Theoharis, George – NASSP Bulletin, 2015
This study reports on four urban middle- and high school principals' emotionally shaped sense making of Race to the Top policies and their ability to balance the competing demands of teachers' emotional needs with the charge to implement mandated, accountability-driven, instructional, and evaluation changes in their schools. Despite the pressure…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Principals
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Derrington, Mary Lynne – Education Leadership Review, 2013
This Southeastern state was awarded one of the first two Race to The Top (RTTT) grants the U. S. Department of Education funded. A key piece of the state's winning application was a legislative mandate to implement an intensive, quantitative, and accountability driven teacher evaluation system beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. The new law…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid
Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Bruce, Mary; Fox, Joanna Hornig – Civic Enterprises, 2012
This 2012 report shows that high school graduation rates continue to improve nationally and across many states and school districts, with 12 states accounting for the majority of new graduates over the last decade. Tennessee and New York continue to lead the nation with double-digit gains in high school graduation rates over the same period. The…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Dropouts, Dropout Prevention
Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Bruce, Mary; Fox, Joanna Hornig – Civic Enterprises, 2012
In 2010, the authors shared a Civic Marshall Plan to create a Grad Nation. Through that first report and subsequent update, they saw hopeful signs of progress in boosting high school graduation rates in communities across the country. This 2012 report shows that high school graduation rates continue to improve nationally and across many states and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Dropouts, Dropout Prevention