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Colwell, Richard – Arts Education Policy Review, 2019
As the title suggests, the author provides a description of an international effort to develop an understanding of the present depth and priority of arts policies. As arts policy is not limited to education but formulated at all levels of community, including unions, individuals, philanthropic organizations, and government agencies, policy often…
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Accountability
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Peterson, Paul E.; Barrows, Samuel; Gift, Thomas – Education Next, 2016
In spite of Tea Party criticism, union skepticism, and anti-testing outcries, the campaign to implement Common Core State Standards (otherwise known as Common Core) has achieved phenomenal success in statehouses across the country. Since 2011, 45 states have raised their standards for student proficiency in reading and math, with the greatest…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Accountability, Program Effectiveness, Success
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Noting that 60 percent of both fourth and eighth graders currently struggle with reading, this report urges the U.S. Congress to focus on students' literacy development from early childhood through grade twelve as it works to rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Literacy Education, Grade 4, Grade 8
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Greene, Jay P.; McGee, Josh B. – Education Next, 2012
American education has problems, almost everyone is willing to concede, but many think those problems are mostly concentrated in America's large urban school districts. In the elite suburbs, where wealthy and politically influential people tend to live, the schools are assumed to be world-class. Unfortunately, what everyone knows is wrong. Even…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Public Schools
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Reardon, Sean F.; Valentino, Rachel A.; Shores, Kenneth A. – Future of Children, 2012
How well do U.S. students read? In this article, Sean Reardon, Rachel Valentino, and Kenneth Shores rely on studies using data from national and international literacy assessments to answer this question. In part, the answer depends on the specific literacy skills assessed. The authors show that almost all U.S. students can "read" by…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Skills, Developed Nations, Race
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Dietel, Ron – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2012
Even as the Internet and i-devices have changed so many parts of people's lives, educational testing has not changed substantially in decades. Though researchers and educators have for years raised ample concerns about existing tests, assessments have barely evolved. Further, despite years of expanded testing and greater school accountability,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability, National Competency Tests
Smith, Margaret A. – School Administrator, 2012
The author's community, which includes parents of the 62,000 students who attend schools in Volusia County, Florida, has been baffled over the conflicting nature of Florida's school grading system of A, B, C, D, F based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and the federal system of pass or fail. While many of the 80 schools in her…
Descriptors: Grading, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Advocacy
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Rothman, Robert – Educational Leadership, 2012
The common core state standards, which have now been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, were designed around the goal of ensuring college and career readiness for all students. In this article, Rothman discusses research showing that a large proportion of U.S. high school graduates are ill-prepared to succeed in college or a…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Goal Orientation
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2011
It is difficult to make a clear impact statement about charter schools. Much of the available research is equivocal, and many important questions related to the impact of charter schools remain unanswered. Researchers have primarily examined four general topics with respect to the impact of charter schools; (1) Do charter schools raise student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Charter Schools, Evidence, School Choice
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Pullen, Paige C.; Tuckwiller, Elizabeth D.; Ashworth, Kristen; Lovelace, Shelly P.; Cash, Deanna – Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 2011
Concerns regarding literacy levels in the United States are long standing. Debates have existed for decades regarding the most effective ways to teach reading, especially the polarizing dilemma of how much to focus on decoding versus code-emphasis and whole language instruction. Fortunately, as a result of concentrated research efforts and…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Reading Difficulties, Beginning Reading, Reading Failure
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2011
This report provides a detailed portrait of Hispanic and White academic achievement gaps and how students' performance has changed over time at both the national and state levels. The report presents achievement gaps using reading and mathematics assessment data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for the 4th- and 8th-grade…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Academic Achievement
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) "The Nation's Report Card": Too Many High School Seniors Unprepared for College-Level Math and Reading; (2)…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Educational Policy, College Preparation
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2010
Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families. The Forum's signature report, "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being," provides annual updates on the well-being of children and families in the United States across…
Descriptors: Well Being, Health Insurance, Birth Rate, Social Environment
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Raymond, Margaret – Education Next, 2010
From the moment of birth, Americans have a fascination with seeing how they measure up. They are a nation obsessed with the story told in numbers. The quality of public schools has been measured in innumerable ways, and stakeholders may draw on any number of sources for rankings to support a particular agenda. Each winter, "Education…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Scores
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
Over the objection of officials at the statistical wing of the U.S. Department of Education, the independent body that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has approved a policy that significantly narrows the grounds for excluding students with disabilities and English-language learners (ELLs) from the exams.…
Descriptors: Student Participation, National Competency Tests, Guidelines, Governing Boards
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