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Derrington, Mary Lynne; Martinez, James Anthony – NASSP Bulletin, 2019
Teacher perceptions after 5 years of implementing evaluation protocols that were initiated under Race to the Top revealed attitudes about the evaluation instrument used and the nature of their relationship with the evaluator. This study surveyed middle and high school teachers in nine Eastern Tennessee school districts. Data indicated unintended…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Tests, Evaluators
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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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
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
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
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