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Martin, Michael – Hunt Institute, 2015
Assessments matter in education. Testing is nothing new; tests have been around as long as school itself. However, over the last 15 years, state assessments have grown to be an increasingly central, and often controversial, part of schooling. As states raise their standards, it is more important than ever to ask: What is a high-quality assessment?…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Standards, Academic Standards
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
The 2012 presidential election and many state and local races are only a few weeks away, but schools are not doing much to promote student interest in the elections or provide civic education more broadly, new research suggests. A report last week from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, State Standards, Standardized Tests, Civics
US Department of Education, 2012
"The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965" (ESEA) has directed federal resources to schools for more than four decades to help ensure all children have equal access to a quality education. The most recent reauthorization--or congressional update to the law--occurred with the passage of the "No Child Left Behind Act of…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Schachter, Ron – District Administration, 2011
STEM--the catchy shorthand for "science, technology, engineering and mathematics"--has been part of the school improvement discussion for more than a decade, as educational leaders and policy makers have underscored the importance of these areas in preparing students for an internationally competitive, 21st-century economy. But while the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Program Implementation, Barriers, Federal Legislation
Center on Education Policy, 2011
This individual profile provides information on Virginia's high school exit exam standards and policies. Some of the categories presented include: (1) State exit exam policy; (2) Type of Test; (3) Purpose; (4) Major changes in exit exam policy since the 2009-10 school year for financial reasons; (5) Subjects tested on exam; (6) Grade exam first…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Alignment (Education)
Center on Education Policy, 2010
This paper provides information about Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course Exams. The purpose of the end-of-course assessments is to measure the achievement of students on the Standards of Learning adopted by the Virginia Board of Education for specific high school courses, and to ensure that students graduating from Virginia…
Descriptors: State Standards, Exit Examinations, Credits, Academic Standards
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) Education Appropriations Bill Signed into Law: U.S. Department of Education to Receive $1 Billion Increase in…
Descriptors: Public Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Politics of Education
Richard, Alan, Ed.; Johnston, Lisa, Ed. – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2009
Nearly 7,000 students drop out of the nation's public high schools each school day, and 3,000 of them are in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states. Altogether, an estimated 1.3 million teenagers in the United States abandon high school each year without earning a diploma. In 1,700 of the nation's high schools, less than 60 percent of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Academic Achievement
Center on Education Policy, 2009
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Educational Legislation
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Gregory, Diane C. – Art Education, 2009
By integrating and infusing computer learning technologies wisely into student-centered or social constructivist art learning environments, art educators can improve student learning and at the same time provide a creative, substantive model for how schools can and should be reformed. By doing this, art educators have an opportunity to demonstrate…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Technology, Creative Thinking, Art Teachers
Coffman, Teresa – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
For many states, it's been a long struggle to fund positions dedicated to helping schools integrate technology. But in Virginia, thanks to the state's forward thinking educational leaders and lawmakers, every school division has its own team of technology-integration specialists. It started with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Federal Legislation, Technology Integration, Educational Technology
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Weil, Marty – Tech & Learning, 2009
Pamela Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County (Virginia) public schools, sees ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) as a once-in-a-lifetime chance. "I don't think that in the history of public schools--certainly since I entered them in the 1970s--there has been an opportunity such as this," she says. "The last time there…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Taxes, Elementary Secondary Education
Kanstoroom, Marci, Ed.; Osberg, Eric C., Ed. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2008
America brims with education data and these days it seems everyone in education claims to be guided by data. In this book, leaders and scholars map the landscape of data providers and users and explores why what is supplied by the former but frequently fails to meet the needs of the latter. It documents the barriers to collecting good information,…
Descriptors: Education, Data, Data Analysis, Data Collection
All Kinds of Minds, 2008
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), landmark legislation passed in 2002, has reframed the federal role in setting educational policy. This brief provides an overview of NCLB, how it impacts teaching and learning, a glimpse into its potential reauthorization, and a summary of how Schools Attuned can fit into this policy context.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Accountability, Professional Development
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2008
In hiring Daniel A. Domenech, the directors of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) were looking for an advocate who could position the group in the front row of education policy debates in Washington. Domenech, who began his job as the executive director of the AASA in July, has battle scars from years spent in the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Accountability
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