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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
Pennington, Kaitlin – Center for American Progress, 2014
In 2011, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provided states with an opportunity for flexibility from certain requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, currently known as the No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, Act. A total of 43 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and eight districts in…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Evaluation
Polikoff, Morgan S. – Center for American Progress, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were created in response to the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind era standards and assessments. Among those failings were the poor quality of content standards and assessments and the variability in content expectations and proficiency targets across states, as well as concerns related to the economic…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Martin, Carmel; Marchitello, Max; Lazarín, Melissa – Center for American Progress, 2014
The Common Core State Standards present the greatest opportunity in decades to improve the quality of education afforded to all students. Uniformly raising standards across the majority of states and increasing the rigor of assessments sets an ambitious bar of college and career readiness for all students. Furthermore, assessing students against…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Student Evaluation, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Hanna, Robert – Center for American Progress, 2014
Historically, state departments of education, or SEAs, have--for the most part--been compliance-focused organizations that managed federal education policy. Over the past several decades, these agencies have been education policy implementation entities. Today, while their compliance responsibilities have remained, they are taking on more…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Expenditures
Miller, Tiffany D. – Center for American Progress, 2013
The Center for American Progress previously examined the extent to which states applying for first-round Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waivers in 2012 planned to expand in-school learning time to turn around low-performing schools. This report provides an up-to-date review of states' ESEA flexibility plans and assesses…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Compliance (Legal)
Hanna, Robert – Center for American Progress, 2013
Since Congress enacted the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, the federal government has emphasized states' shared responsibility for improving student achievement. When Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act, it called upon states to provide technical support to…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, State Policy, State Government
Partee, Glenda L. – Center for American Progress, 2012
Research shows that an effective teacher is key to student success. But determining what evidence best reflects teacher effectiveness and how this information can be used to improve the quality of teaching are among the significant issues facing public education today. The impetus for meaningful teacher evaluation reform from many sectors set the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Evidence, Evaluation Methods, Grants
Center for American Progress, 2011
School principals are second only to teachers among school-based factors that influence student achievement and they are critical to attracting and retaining effective teachers and other school staff. Yet in the past, federal policymakers haven't given school leadership much attention. This reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Leadership Effectiveness, Principals, Instructional Leadership
Ayers, Jeremy; Lazarin, Melissa – Center for American Progress, 2011
Large numbers of schools across the country are low performing and have been for years. This longstanding and widespread problem painfully reveals that individual schools are not the only ones responsible for their performance. The public school system as a whole is unable, and sometimes unwilling, to address the root causes of dysfunction.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Grants, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Bireda, Saba – Center for American Progress, 2011
Data on intradistrict funding inequities in many large school districts confirm what most would guess--high-poverty schools actually receive less money per pupil than more affluent schools. These funding inequities have real repercussions for the quality of education offered at high-poverty schools and a district's ability to overcome the…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Budgeting, Disadvantaged Schools, Incentives
Ayers, Jeremy – Center for American Progress, 2011
The public usually thinks of large urban schools when it considers reforms to the American education system. But rural students account for a large and growing segment of the school-age population, and their needs have too often been overlooked in school improvement efforts. Policymakers and the public must make rural education a priority if the…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Rural Education, Educational Change, Urban Schools
Lazarin, Melissa – Center for American Progress, 2011
The charter school landscape is dramatically different today compared to when the federal government first forayed into the field in 1994. That year it established the Charter School Program as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The Charter School Program, which is designed to support the startup of new public charter…
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Quality Control, School Activities
Ayers, Jeremy; Brown, Cynthia – Center for American Progress, 2011
Congress has the opportunity to move forward on education reform by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, to ensure all children achieve their greatest potential. Unfortunately, it has yet to find the will to do so, to the detriment of American students and schools. ESEA is the largest and most significant federal…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Principals, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Chang, Theodora – Center for American Progress, 2011
As Congress moves to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, it should authorize a program to provide comprehensive services that create the conditions for students to learn in the classroom. These "wraparound" support services range from primary health and dental care to family engagement strategies. For many…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Public Schools, Integrated Services, Elementary Secondary Education
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