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Gates, Susan M.; Baird, Matthew D.; Master, Benjamin K.; Chavez-Herrerias, Emilio R. – RAND Corporation, 2019
Research across the decades has confirmed that effective school leadership is associated with better outcomes for students and schools. A high-quality school leader affects dozens of teachers and hundreds or thousands of students. It is a pivotal role. From 2011 to 2016, The Wallace Foundation, through its Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI),…
Descriptors: Principals, Career Development, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
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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
Levin, Stephanie; Duffy, Mark; Dever, Kelly – Research for Action, 2012
Math experts developed Formative Assessment Lessons that teachers can incorporate throughout the year's curriculum. Both tools target the "instructional core." A study by Research for Action (RFA) examining the first year of piloting the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Math Design Collaborative (MDC) tools (2010-11) found…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Comparative Analysis, Leadership, Educational Change
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
Many industries in the United States already have seen positive results and increased productivity from the effective use of technology. With the challenges currently facing the nation's education system--including a persistent dropout rate of nearly 30 percent, slashed state and district budgets, and the economically and socially important goals…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Dropout Rate, Online Courses, Educational Practices
Mayer, Janet Grossbach – Oxford University Press, 2011
Rundown, vermin-infested buildings. Rigid, slow-to-react bureaucratic systems. Children from broken homes and declining communities. How can a teacher succeed? How does a student not only survive but also come to thrive? It can happen, and "As Bad as They Say?" tells the heroic stories of Janet Mayer's students during her 33-year tenure…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Democracy, School Buildings, Public Education
Mattson, Beverly – Center on Instruction, 2011
One of the competitive priorities of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top applications addressed science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). States that applied were required to submit plans that addressed rigorous courses of study, cooperative partnerships to prepare and assist teachers in STEM content, and prepare…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Competition, Federal Aid, Educational Improvement
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
This article reports on how Delaware pushes to meet Race to the Top promises. The Delcastle Technical High School teachers are on the front lines of the push to deliver on promises that last year won Delaware, 10 other states, and the District of Columbia shares of the Race to the Top pie, the $4 billion competition that is driving much of the…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Incentive Grants, Federal Programs, State Federal Aid
Massachusetts 2020, 2011
2010 was a pioneering year for Massachusetts public schools. State leaders recognized that while the Commonwealth leads the nation in student achievement on national measures such as NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), more needed to be done to close the persistent achievement gaps between our wealthy and poor students. Combining a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Surveys, Teacher Collaboration
National Indian Education Association, 2010
This volume contains briefing papers presented at the 13th Annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Legislative Summit held in Washington, DC. The following papers are included: (1) NIEA Appropriations Priorities for FY11; (2) The President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2011 for Native Education; (3) BIE Race to the Top; (4)…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, American Indian Education, Educational Finance
Brand, Betsy – American Youth Policy Forum, 2009
High school career academies are a time-tested model for improving academic outcomes and preparing students for both college and careers. Career academies (1) are smaller learning communities taught by a team of interdisciplinary teachers, (2) provide a rigorous academic curriculum based on a career theme that demonstrates how knowledge is used…
Descriptors: High Schools, National Standards, College Attendance, Career Academies
Scott, Caitlin; McMurrer, Jennifer; McIntosh, Shelby; Dibner, Kenne – Center on Education Policy, 2012
State and local educators encountered both opportunities and obstacles in their first year of implementing the School Improvement Grants (SIGs) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In 2009, the ARRA, better known as the economic stimulus package, provided $3 billion for SIGs to help reform persistently low-achieving…
Descriptors: Barriers, Program Implementation, Federal Programs, Federal Legislation