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Butcher, Jonathan; Menon, Vijay – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The National School Lunch Program's (NSLP) original goal was to help students in need, but policy changes in the past decade have made students from middle-income and upper-income families eligible for federally funded school meals. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an expansion of the NSLP enacted in 2010, effectively created a federal…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Student Needs, Low Income Students, Educational Policy
Mann, Sharmila – Education Commission of the States, 2019
This Policy Brief provides a detailed look at 529 education savings plans -- investment accounts with tax advantages -- including a breakdown of maximum annual dollar amounts and state tax deductions allowed, state responses to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, information on legislation in 2018 that changes eligible expenses allowed under 529 plans and…
Descriptors: Investment, Taxes, Federal State Relationship, State Policy
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Parkes, Kelly A.; Rawlings, Jared R. – Contributions to Music Education, 2019
Preparing to become a music teacher educator is a complex process and one component of this process should be learning to model, demonstrate, and teach assessment practices to preservice music educators. The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to discover how, and to what extent, music teacher educators (MTEs) are educated about…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Peters, Scott J.; Rambo-Hernandez, Karen; Makel, Matthew C.; Matthews, Michael S.; Plucker, Jonathan A. – AERA Open, 2019
Educators have sought to understand and address the disproportional representation of students from certain student subgroups in gifted education. Most gifted identification decisions are made with national comparisons where students must score above a certain percentage of test takers. However, this approach is not always consistent with the…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Student Diversity, Racial Differences, Ethnicity
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Walker, Virginia L.; Loman, Sheldon L.; Hara, Motoaki; Park, Kristy Lee; Strickland-Cohen, M. Kathleen – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2018
To explore the accessibility of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS) for students with severe disabilities, we conducted a survey of 179 schools implementing SWPBIS during the 2015-2016 school year. Personnel from each school reported the frequency and level of importance of SWPBIS implementation across Likert-type…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Positive Behavior Supports, Inclusion, School Personnel
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Teacher evaluations can be used by states and districts to support and develop an exceptional workforce. Accurate evaluations based on quality data can help differentiate teacher performance, inform feedback, improve professional development, provide opportunities for pay increases and advancement, and provide rationale for teacher dismissals. Yet…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Problems, Educational Trends
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Johnson, Jerry; Ohlson, Matthew A.; Shope, Shane – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
In this descriptive and comparative study, we present results highlighting the complexity and scope of the challenges facing rural districts as they navigate the changing demographics of the students and families they serve. Rapid increases in the number and concentration of racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students in rural areas…
Descriptors: Demography, Social Change, Population Trends, Rural Areas
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Kim, Younhee – Teaching Public Administration, 2017
A capstone experience, as an exit degree requirement, allows Master of Public Administration (MPA) students to build quasi-experimental practices by applying learned knowledge and skills throughout their curriculum in the United States. Accredited MPA programs have implemented their capstone courses differently to achieve required standards. Small…
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Public Administration Education, Program Design, Professional Education
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Harris, Karleah; Sithole, Alec; Kibirige, Joachim – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2017
Since its inception, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) blue print has attracted interest from more than 40 states in the United States. The overall objective of these proposed changes is to align K-12 science education with current trends in technology and career needs. However, the assessment of teacher preparedness and classroom…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction, Academic Standards
Parker, Emily; Sarubbi, Molly – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Many students have concerns about the affordability of college, which may interfere with their potential success. However, foster care alumni have unique needs when making the transition into postsecondary enrollment. Compared to completion rates for the general population, postsecondary education outcomes for youth with foster care experience lag…
Descriptors: Foster Care, College Students, Student Financial Aid, State Programs
Caron, B.; Kendall, R.; Wilson, G.; Hash. M. – Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance, 2017
The Early Learning Challenge (ELC) program awarded more than $1 billion in four-year grants to 20 States to implement comprehensive and cohesive high-quality early learning systems that support young children with high needs and their families. A key lever in making these improvements was the enhancement of States' Quality Rating and Improvement…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Student Needs, Quality Control
Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance, 2017
This resource was prepared in response to a request for examples of developmental screening activities in Early Learning Challenge (ELC) States. This information will be helpful to States as they consider how to identify and address health, behavioral, and developmental needs of children with high needs. To address this request, ELC TA reviewed…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Developmental Disabilities, Faculty Development, Staff Development
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Ely, Mindy S.; Ostrosky, Michaelene M. – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2017
Introduction: Professionals working with infants and toddlers with visual impairments (that is, those who are blind or have low vision) were surveyed regarding their preservice training and their awareness and use of 29 resources related to young children who are visually impaired. Methods: Early intervention visual impairment professionals (n =…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Visual Impairments, Disabilities, Educational Legislation
Holly, Neal; Fulton, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Concerned with low on-time graduation rates, state lawmakers continue to turn to outcomes-based funding (OBF) as one policy approach to support postsecondary degree attainment and workforce goals. Policymakers have also been confronted with constituent complaints about student debt loads, course schedules and academic programs that force students…
Descriptors: State Aid, Funding Formulas, Outcomes of Education, School Holding Power
Jacobs, Sandi – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Just a few years ago, tenure appeared low on the reform list for state policy makers and district administrators, viewed as too hot an issue politically to challenge. But it was front and center in the 2014 landmark "Vergara v. California" lawsuit, which challenged teacher tenure and related policies. Yet whether to grant tenure or not…
Descriptors: Tenure, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Evaluation
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