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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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Wachen, John; Harrison, Christopher; Cohen-Vogel, Lora – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2018
Through policies like No Child Left Behind, the federal government incentivized the use of student performance data as a core strategy for improving student achievement. The assumption behind these efforts is that data will be used to guide teacher practice and promote high-quality instruction. This study examined how teachers describe using data…
Descriptors: Information Utilization, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Teacher Attitudes
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Lee, Jaekyung; Wu, Yin – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2017
This study examines the trends of the U.S. states' reading and math proficiency standards before and after the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and explores their impact on school practices and student achievement. Drawing on the 2003-15 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) grades 4 and 8 assessment and survey…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Educational Trends, Reading Skills, Mathematics Skills
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Tienken, Christopher H.; Colella, Anthony; Angelillo, Christian; Fox, Meredith; McCahill, Kevin R.; Wolfe, Adam – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The use of standardized test results to drive school administrator evaluations pervades education policymaking in more than 40 states. However, the results of state standardized tests are strongly influenced by non-school factors. The models of best fit (n = 18) from this correlational, explanatory, longitudinal study predicted accurately the…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Standardized Tests, Test Results, Models
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Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris M.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Howell, Penny B.; Rintamaa, Margaret F.; Miller, Nicole C. – Middle School Journal, 2017
For middle schools to fully achieve their goals, it is important for them to be staffed with teachers who understand the unique developmental needs of young adolescents and are specifically prepared to meet those needs. Middle school leaders have long been advocates of specialized teacher preparation and licensure; however, the current terrain of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Middle School Teachers, Leaders
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Wakefield, Dara V. – AILACTE Journal, 2017
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Race to the Top (RT3) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have piled up federal mandates into a "perfect storm" for Georgia teachers. This study considers the impact of this storm through the eyes of 23 Georgia teachers. A tidal wave of federal mandates leaves teachers overwhelmed and skeptical about…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Teacher Attitudes
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Nurenberg, David – High School Journal, 2016
Paul Jablon's "The Synergy of Inquiry" (2014) is well-timed. The 2014 deadline set by No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2002) for universal student proficiency has come and gone, and according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, "proficiency rates last year were below 50 percent for nearly every racial and ethnic group, in…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Figurative Language, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Iatarola, Patrice – Teachers College Record, 2016
This chapter summarizes a set of research studies that focus on high school course offerings, takings, and effects. Improving high school experiences and having students graduate from high school ready for college are national priorities under President Obama's Race to the Top initiative. Doing so by expanding access to advanced courses dates back…
Descriptors: Evidence, Advanced Courses, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum
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Dragoset, Lisa; Thomas, Jaime; Herrmann, Mariesa; Deke, John; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Graczewski, Cheryl; Boyle, Andrea; Tanenbaum, Courtney; Giffin, Jessica; Upton, Rachel – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2016
Race to the Top (RTT), one of the Obama administration's signature programs and one of the largest federal government investments in an education grant program, received $4.35 billion in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through three rounds of competition in 2010 and 2011, RTT awarded grants to states that…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Grants, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
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Dragoset, Lisa; Thomas, Jaime; Herrmann, Mariesa; Deke, John; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Graczewski, Cheryl; Boyle, Andrea; Tanenbaum, Courtney; Giffin, Jessica; Upton, Rachel – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2016
Race to the Top (RTT), one of the Obama administration's signature programs and one of the largest federal government investments in an education grant program, received $4.35 billion in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through three rounds of competition in 2010 and 2011, RTT awarded grants to states that…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Grants, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
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Bingham, Andrea J. – Teachers College Record, 2016
Background/Context: Blended learning--a learning model in which online learning is combined with faceto- face instruction to provide a more personalized learning experience for students--has shown enormous growth in recent years. Though many policymakers and educators are optimistic about the potential of blended learning to provide the type of…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Charter Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Morgan, Hani – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2016
In the twenty-first century, the use of standardized tests as the primary means to evaluate schools and teachers in the United States has contributed to severe dilemmas, including misleading information on what students know, lower-level instruction, cheating, less collaboration, unfair treatment of teachers, and biased teaching. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Educational Legislation
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Ross, Dorrell J.; Cozzens, Jeffry A. – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2016
The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate teachers' perceptions of principals' leadership behaviors influencing the schools' climate according to Green's (2010) ideologies of the 13 core competencies within the four dimensions of principal leadership. Data from the "Leadership Behavior Inventory" (Green, 2014) suggest 314…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Transformational Leadership
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Diera, Claudia – Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2016
Public schools failing to meet accountability standards have been shut down, taken over by charter organizations, or undergone reconstitution. This article challenges deficit views of students as passive and complacent in a schooling context dictated by accountability sanctions. Drawing from counterpublic theory, it describes a case study that…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Student Attitudes, Accountability, Urban Schools
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