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Lehman, Paul R. – Contributions to Music Education, 2019
This article provides the author's thoughts concerning nine major events, reports, and pieces of legislation that have shaped American education over the past 65 years. It also lists several lessons he has learned from these efforts. In addition, a number of proposals are offered for achieving genuine reform in education, and for strengthening the…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bae, Soung – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
The challenges facing our children in the 21st century are rapidly changing. As a result, schools bear a greater responsibility to prepare students for college, career, and life and must be held accountable for more than just testing and reporting on a narrow set of outcomes aimed at minimum levels of competency. Thus, scholars, educators, and…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, State Policy, Measurement
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
"Kappan"'s editor talks with Michigan State University's Sarah Reckhow about her research into the ways wealthy private philanthropies have influenced K-12 education in recent years. As Reckhow explains, not only have Gates, Broad, Walton, and other big foundations spent unprecedented amounts of money to support their favored reform…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, Philanthropic Foundations, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wrabel, Stephani L.; Saultz, Andrew; Polikoff, Morgan S.; McEachin, Andrew; Duque, Matthew – Educational Policy, 2018
Executive leadership of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) initiated a flexibility offering from No Child Left Behind. Our work explores specific design decisions made in these state-specific accountability systems as associated with state political environments, resources, and demographic characteristics. Our analysis, focused on 42 states…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Thompson, Doris L.; Thompson, Sherwood – Journal for the Advancement of Educational Research International, 2018
This paper discusses the importance of equity and quality education in K-12 schools and how employing equity and quality strategies in classroom instructional practices and school culture can positively change children's lives. Educational achievement is a matter of the home, school, and community working in concert to build confidence in a…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Needs
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Geer, Wil – Educational Foundations, 2018
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent an historic shift in K-12 curricular policy. Yet,few have explicitly traced the lineage of the CCSS and linked them to the decades-old standards-based reform movement. This essay situates the CCSS within the larger historical context of standards-based reform. It concludes with a discussion of…
Descriptors: Educational History, Common Core State Standards, Educational Change, Educational Legislation
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Imperatore, Catherine; Hyslop, Alisha – Peabody Journal of Education, 2017
Federal legislation has driven and been receptive to the vision of a rigorous, relevant career and technical education (CTE) system integrated with academics and aligned across middle school, secondary school, and postsecondary education. This article uses a social policy analysis approach to trace the history of federal CTE policy throughout the…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Policy, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Hess, Frederick M., Ed.; Eden, Max, Ed. – Harvard Education Press, 2017
Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden bring together a cross-section of respected academics and journalists to examine key aspects of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Chapters appear on the table of contents as follows: (1) From ESEA to NCLB: The Growth of the Federal Role and the Shift to Accountability (Patrick McGuinn); (2) From NCLB to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Government
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Dennis, Danielle V. – Reading Teacher, 2017
Signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NCLB and its Reading First mandate brought punitive accountability models and scripted core curricula into schools. Based on the language of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Programs
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Smith, Rebecca – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2017
Using document analysis, this paper examines the historical emergence of the quantified child, revealing how the collection and use of data has become normalized through legitimizing discourses. First, following in the traditions of Foucault's genealogy and studies examining the sociology of numbers, this paper traces the evolution of data…
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Trends, Student Records, Statistical Data
Babineau, Kate – Cowen Institute, 2017
Nationally, there are dozens of established indicators of school performance and thousands of possible combinations of those indicators to create an accountability framework. How do policy makers decide which variables are most important? This relates to measurement modeling -- that is, how to incorporate all pieces of the puzzle into a…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Educational Assessment, Accountability, Best Practices
Forte, Ellen – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017
Large-scale academic assessments have played a dominant role in U.S. federal and state education policies over the past couple of decades. Among the many validity issues that presently concern test users is the evaluation of alignment among large-scale assessments and the academic content and performance standards on which they are based. This…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Measurement, Academic Standards, Educational Policy
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Eppley, Karen; Shannon, Patrick – Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2017
We have two goals for this article: to question the efficacy of evidence-based practice as the foundation of reading education policy and to propose practice-based evidence as a viable, more socially just alternative. In order to reach these goals, we describe the limits of reading policies of the last half century and argue for the possibilities…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Policy, Social Justice
US Senate, 2017
This hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions examines No Child Left Behind, focusing on innovation to better meet the needs of students. The questions addressed are: (1) What is your State, district, or school doing to implement innovative approaches to improve academic outcomes for students, particularly low-income and…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Innovation, Student Needs
US Senate, 2017
This hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions examines fixing No Child Left Behind, focusing on supporting teachers and school leaders. Following an opening statement by Honorable Lamar Alexander (Chairman, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions), the following senators provide statements: (1) Honorable Patty…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Hearings, Educational Improvement
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