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Linquanti, Robert; Cook, H. Gary – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2013
States participating in the four federally-funded assessment consortia are required to establish a "common definition of English Learner." This includes the two Race to the Top academic assessment consortia and the two Enhanced Assessment Grant English language proficiency (ELP) assessment consortia. This paper provides guidance that…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Definitions, Consortia, Educational Legislation
Riley, Benjamin – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2012
Nearly everyone in the education community agrees that the time has come to end, or seriously repair, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB); however, the process of doing so has become drawn out and contentious. With Congress not moving quickly enough to reauthorize the law, President Obama has announced a way to help states get around NCLB's…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Academic Standards
Auty, Bill; Brockmann, Frank – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2012
School accountability is subject to considerable scrutiny. It generates sharp political debate, policy challenges, and continuous discussion. Growth models are now a part of that discussion. To many practitioners the sheer volume of "important to know" information is daunting. The members of the Technical Issues in Large Scale Assessment…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Measurement, Elementary Schools
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2012
States and school districts receive funding through ESEA, IDEA, and national school meals programs. Some requirements for these programs are intended to help ensure program integrity and transparency, among other purposes, but questions have been raised about whether some federal requirements place an undue burden on states and school districts.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Federal Aid, State Government
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
After more than a year of heated campaigning, President Barack Obama remains in the White House, Democrats continue to control the U.S. Senate, and Republicans are still in charge of the House of Representatives--leaving unchanged a political landscape that has paralyzed congressional action on education policy and led the president to flex his…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Politics of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
US Department of Education, 2011
This paper presents the U.S. Department of Education's Fiscal Year (FY) "2010 Summary of Performance and Financial Information." FY 2010 was a transition year for the Department as it moves to a new strategic plan. The Department is still firmly committed to its mission of promoting achievement and preparation for global competitiveness…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Strategic Planning, Student Loan Programs
Gottfried, Michael A.; Stecher, Brian M.; Hoover, Matthew; Cross, Amanda Brown – RAND Corporation, 2011
U.S. educators and policymakers are concerned about the poor performance of the public schools, particularly schools that serve students from low-income families. Although education is primarily a state function, the federal government also has a longstanding interest in improving education for disadvantaged students, and it targets funding to…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
States seeking waivers under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act are hoping to replace what is widely considered an outdated, but consistent, school accountability regime with a hodgepodge of complex school grading systems that are as diverse as the states themselves. That's the picture that emerged from an "Education Week" analysis of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on a long-stalled, bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act approved by the Senate education committee which faces steep political hurdles, including opposition from civil rights and business leaders who see it as a step back on student and school accountability and from Republican lawmakers who say it does not pull…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Achievement Gap
Boyle, Andrea; Taylor, James; Hurlburt, Steven; Soga, Kay – US Department of Education, 2010
"Title III Accountability: Behind the Numbers" (2010) summarizes data reported by states in their Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPRs) for 2004-05 through 2007-08. The CSPRs are annual reports required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that states use to submit information to the U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Politics of Education, Accountability, Language Proficiency
Tanenbaum, Courtney; Anderson, Lindsay – US Department of Education, 2010
"Title III Accountability and District Improvement Efforts: A Closer Look" (2010) summarizes findings from interviews with six Title III Directors and nine Title III district-level directors in the spring of 2009. States and districts were selected in order to collect information from some entities with a long history of serving English…
Descriptors: State Officials, Educational Finance, Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning
Ramsey, Andrea; O'Day, Jennifer – US Department of Education, 2010
"Title III Policy: State of the States" (2010) discusses state implementation of the Title III accountability requirements based on phone interviews with six state Title III Directors in the spring of 2009, interviews with six experts and university-based researchers who work on education for English Learners, and based on earlier data…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Testing, Second Language Learning
Smarick, Andy – American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2010
Over the last year, no education story has garnered more enthusiastic or sustained positive attention than Race to the Top, the $4.35 billion federal program intended to spur and support groundbreaking state-level reforms. The White House called state responses to the competition "overwhelming." Columnist David Brooks wrote that it was…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Educational Change, Politics of Education
West Virginia Department of Education, 2009
The overarching goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 are to immediately stimulate the economy in the short term and to invest in education and other essential public services that will ensure the long-term economic health of this nation. The United States Education Department (USED) offers guiding principles to be…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Grants, State Regulation, Educational Finance
Fairchild, Ron; Smink, Jeff; Stewart, Ashley B. – Wallace Foundation, 2009
The National Summer Learning Association is the only national organization that focuses exclusively on learning during the summer months. It works to ensure that children and youth in high-poverty communities have access to quality summer learning opportunities that support their academic performance and healthy development through hands-on…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Enrichment Activities, Partnerships in Education, Educational Change
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