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Wayne, Andrew; Tanenbaum, Courtney; Brown, Delphinia; Boyle, Andrea – Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education, 2017
In recent years, federal education programs and policies have increasingly focused on teacher quality as a means for closing achievement gaps, in part by directing states to measure teacher qualifications and performance and to promote equitable access to qualified and effective teachers among schools within a district. This report provides a…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, State Government, Equal Education
Marion, Scott – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2016
The Elementary and Secondary Schools Education Act (ESEA) was finally reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The reauthorization was long overdue and with its passage comes much hype and some misinformation about what the law permits and does not permit. The purpose of this brief is to outline some of the key accountability…
Descriptors: State Officials, State Policy, Policy Formation, Accountability
Office of English Language Acquisition, US Department of Education, 2016
According to the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" (ESEA) section 9101(25), an EL (or "limited English proficient" child, per the ESEA) is "an individual (A) who is aged 3 through 21; (B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school; (C)(i) who was not born in the United States…
Descriptors: Limited English Speaking, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, English (Second Language)
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Björn, Piia M.; Aro, Mikko T.; Koponen, Tuire K.; Fuchs, Lynn S.; Fuchs, Douglas H. – Learning Disability Quarterly, 2016
Response to intervention (RTI) can be considered an everyday practice in many parts of the United States, whereas, in Finland, only recently has a new framework for support in learning taken shape. Choosing Finland as the comparative partner for this policy paper is justified as its educational system has been widely referenced on the basis of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Response to Intervention, Special Education, International Assessment
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Weiner, Jennie; Dougherty, Shaun M. – Planning and Changing, 2016
This study investigates how recent policies employed under states' waivers to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) intersect with charter schools' purpose and functioning. By collecting and analyzing all ESEA waivers granted in 2013, we find that charter schools are disproportionately represented among schools as identified in the…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Charter Schools, Government Role, Educational Improvement
Parsi, Ace – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2016
Representing an estimated 4.4 million students in the United States, English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing segment of the public school population and yet are twice as likely to drop out of high school and significantly less likely to attend and complete postsecondary education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Language Proficiency
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Klute, Mary M.; Welp, Laura C.; Yanoski, David C.; Mason, Katie M.; Reale, Marianne L. – Regional Educational Laboratory Central, 2016
Recent federal initiatives such as School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility emphasize the role of state education agencies in improving chronically low-performing schools. But state policies limit what actions state education agencies can take. As state education leaders and policymakers consider how best to…
Descriptors: State Policy, Low Achievement, Intervention, Educational Improvement
Martin, Carmel; Sargrad, Scott; Batel, Samantha – Center for American Progress, 2016
One of the most enduring and contentious debates in education circles concerns the best way to hold schools and districts accountable for improving outcomes for students and closing achievement gaps. Lawmakers, teachers, district administrators, parents, and other stakeholders--all with strong and differing opinions--have wrestled for decades with…
Descriptors: State Standards, Accountability, Language Arts, Mathematics Instruction
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2016
This report highlights states' school accountability systems, with an eye on the states that include a measure of student growth in their accountability system. For each state, the report includes: (1) Proficiency measures; (2) Growth measures; and (3) Additional measures such as graduation and dropout rates. The report also provides an overview…
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Gains, State Standards, Educational Legislation
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2016
As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is implemented, states are evaluating their accountability systems to gauge these systems' alignment with ESSA stipulations. The implementation of ESSA provides states with opportunities to change the compositions of their accountability systems and to select indicators that are aligned with their visions…
Descriptors: Accountability, State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation
Achieve, Inc., 2016
As states continue to evolve and implement their accountability and public reporting systems in 2016 and beyond, they have an opportunity to select indicators that inform continuous improvement, guide decisions about resource allocation, inform policies, capture progress, and factor into accountability determinations. Achieve and Advance CTE have…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, State Standards, Educational Indicators, Accountability
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Cornman, Stephen Q. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2016
This documentation is for the provisional version 1a file of the National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) for school year (SY) 2013-14, fiscal year 2014 (FY 14) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) . It contains a brief description of the data collection, along with information required to understand and…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Districts, Public Schools, Private Schools
Hart, Ray; Casserly, Michael; Uzzell, Renata; Palacios, Moses; Corcoran, Amanda; Spurgeon, Liz – Council of the Great City Schools, 2015
There has been little data collected on how much testing actually goes on in America's schools and how the results are used. So in the Spring of 2014, the Council staff developed and launched a survey of assessment practices. This report presents the findings from that survey and subsequent Council analysis and review of the data. It also offers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Student Evaluation, Testing Programs, Testing
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Hardy, Ian; Woodcock, Stuart – International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2015
This paper provides an analysis of inclusive education policies across international, and Anglo-American national and provincial/state jurisdictions to reveal how policies discursively construct inclusion under current, increasingly neoliberal conditions. In making this case, the paper draws upon primary UNESCO and Organisation for Economic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Educational Policy, International Organizations
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Noting that 60 percent of both fourth and eighth graders currently struggle with reading, this report urges the U.S. Congress to focus on students' literacy development from early childhood through grade twelve as it works to rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Literacy Education, Grade 4, Grade 8
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