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Hess, Frederick M.; McShane, Michael Q. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Drawing upon their new edited volume of essays looking back on the school reforms of the Bush and Obama years, the authors explain just how few of those reforms went according to plan. Some of the unexpected outcomes were positive, they note, pointing to the improvement of school data systems and the bipartisan compromise that put an end to No…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Politics of Education, Public Opinion, Common Core State Standards
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Docheff, Dennis M.; Wright, Carly; Chase, Rachael – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2019
SPEAK Out! Day is an annual event in which SHAPE America members converge in Washington, D.C. to meet with representatives and senators to discuss issues related to quality health and physical education. The purpose of this article is to describe SPEAK Out! Day and address a few of its practices and outcomes, as well as the enjoyment and benefits…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Educational Quality, Health Education, Federal Legislation
Pak, Katie; Desimone, Laura M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Under both No Child Left Behind and the Every Student Succeeds Act, school leaders have been mandated to employ data-driven decision-making (DDDM) to diagnose student needs, implement targeted supports, and design school improvements. However, district administrators tasked with developing principals' DDDM capacity face a tough road. The authors…
Descriptors: Principals, Decision Making, Capacity Building, Evidence Based Practice
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Farley, Amy N.; Clayton, Grant; Kaka, Sarah J. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
In this written commentary for the special issue of "Education Policy Analysis Archives" focused on "Redesigning Assessment and Accountability," we call for teacher preparation to embrace a multiple measures philosophy by providing teacher candidates with rich opportunities to engage with data from a variety of sources, beyond…
Descriptors: Accountability, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change
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Brownell, Mary T.; Bishop, Anne M.; Sindelar, Paul T. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Teacher shortages in special education have been a source of long-standing concern for professionals and parents involved in the education of students with disabilities. Because of their geographic location, culture, and lack of resources, rural administrators have always struggled to staff their schools with qualified special education teachers.…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Shortage
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DeMartino, Pamela; Specht, Philip – Preventing School Failure, 2018
Presented in this article are the rationale and construct of a new consultative teaching model for the inclusive instruction of students with learning disabilities in secondary schools. The inclusive consultation model (ICM) is a proposed alternative to traditional co-teaching models as described in the extant literature. In recognition of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching, Learning Disabilities, Inclusion
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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Slavin, Robert E. – State Education Standard, 2018
What matters most in education is what teachers do in the classroom to enhance student achievement. For this reason, state and district leaders must take steps to ensure that principals and teachers have effective textbooks, software, professional development, and programs. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) moves away from the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice
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Haertel, Edward H. – Educational Psychologist, 2018
In the service of educational accountability, student achievement tests are being used to measure constructs quite unlike those envisioned by test developers. Scores are compared to cut points to create classifications like "proficient"; scores are combined over time to measure growth; student scores are aggregated to measure the…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Scores, Test Validity, Test Interpretation
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Ball, Maria A. – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2018
With the advancement of healthcare initiatives and legislative mandates, occupational therapists are facing the demand of providing health promotion and prevention services to a variety of populations -- including students in public schools. In addition to these mandates, pioneers in the field of occupational therapy forecasted the importance of…
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Mental Health, Student Needs
Balfanz, Robert; DePaoli, Jennifer; Atwell, Matthew; Bridgeland, John – Civic Enterprises, 2018
Students in America live in two educational nations. In the vast majority of high schools with 300 or more students, the average graduation rate is already at the national goal of 90 percent or more and dropping out is a rarity. In the remaining high schools, the average graduation rate is 49 percent and on-time graduation for students is only a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Low Achievement, Educational Change, School Turnaround
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Blair, Peter; Recker, Mimi M.; Glomb, Nancy K. – Educational Media and Technology Yearbook, 2018
A wide variety of legislation impacts the jobs of special education teachers in the United States. In 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law, mandating that states develop standards and report outcomes for all students in the key areas of math and reading. In 2004, the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Faculty Development, Disabilities, Educational 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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Polikoff, Morgan S. – State Education Standard, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives state boards of education a tremendous opportunity to revamp education policy. The federal government will have dramatically reduced influence over issues related to standards and accountability systems. States will have increased freedom to revise state standards and assessment systems, change the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Success
Tung, Rosann – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Fueled by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its focus on standardized testing, the U.S. assessment system has been driven by capitalism rather than educational benefit. Annually, the testing industry, which four companies monopolize, is valued at between $400 and $700 million. The testing industry drives Americans to spend $13.1 billion each…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Student Needs, Student Diversity, Alternative Assessment
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