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Detrich, Ronnie; Keyworth, Randy; States, Jack – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
Education is a public health issue. Poor educational outcomes are correlated with many health and social ills. To improve the quality of education, it will be necessary to take advantage of the leverage points of policy, evidence, and implementation science. The idea of evidence informing policy may be non-controversial, but a closer examination…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Practices, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Barrow, Lisa; Markman-Pithers, Lisa – Future of Children, 2016
Simply put, children with poor English skills are less likely to succeed in school and beyond. What's the best way to teach English to young children who aren't native English speakers? In this article, Lisa Barrow and Lisa Markman-Pithers examine the state of English learner education in the United States and review the evidence behind different…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism, Bilingual 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
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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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Reyes, Reynaldo, III – High School Journal, 2016
One of the many consequences of a neoliberal, high-stakes policy in No Child Left Behind has been that teachers and administrators have resorted to the systematic removal of vulnerable student groups, such as Latina/o English language learners. This process has dehumanized these students and commodified aspects of their identity, such as language,…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, High Stakes Tests, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Peterson, Paul E.; Barrows, Samuel; Gift, Thomas – Education Next, 2016
In spite of Tea Party criticism, union skepticism, and anti-testing outcries, the campaign to implement Common Core State Standards (otherwise known as Common Core) has achieved phenomenal success in statehouses across the country. Since 2011, 45 states have raised their standards for student proficiency in reading and math, with the greatest…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Accountability, Program Effectiveness, Success
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
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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Ahn, Ruth; Catbagan, Paula; Tamayo, Kristin; I, Ji Yeong; Lopez, Mario; Walker, Pamela – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2015
This study examines best practices in teaching mathematics to minority students through two case studies conducted at high-minority junior high schools in the USA and Japan. Observations, interviews, and conversations with the teachers in both countries focused on the research question: how do teachers successfully teach mathematics to minority…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Group Students, Mathematics Instruction, Junior High School Students
Watt, Michael – Online Submission, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine and compare key elements of the actions that states in the USA and Australia took to implement the Common Core State Standards or Phase One of the Australian Curriculum, and what processes and products they used to facilitate implementation of these innovations. A rubric adapted from a diagnostic tool,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, State Standards, Academic Standards
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
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
In conjunction with the White House Next Gen High School Summit on November 10, a new report finds that the number of high school dropouts decreased from 1 million in 2008 to approximately 750,000 in 2012. The report, released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and Everyone Graduates Center,…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Rate, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Office of English Language Acquisition, US Department of Education, 2015
"Title III" of the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" ("ESEA") provides formula grants to states to help support the educational needs of students identified as English learners (ELs). In school year (SY) 2011-12, ELs served by "Title III"-funded activities comprised approximately 9 percent of the…
Descriptors: State Aid, Grants, Limited English Speaking, Language Proficiency
Council of the Great City Schools, 2015
This report measures trends in performance among urban schools receiving federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) awards as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Council of the Great City Schools aims to document how member districts of the Council of the Great City Schools implemented SIG and specifically what…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Educational Improvement
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