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Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Improving teacher preparation is critical to long-term improvement in teacher quality. More than 200,000 new teachers enter classrooms each year. Increasing student enrollment, the retirement of baby boom generation teachers, and high attrition in their first five years (between 40 and 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession) have…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2011
Thousands of educators, parent activists, and others are expected to convene in the heat and humidity of Washington next month for a march protesting the current thrust of education policy in the United States, especially the strong emphasis on test-based accountability. Organizers of the Washington say U.S. policymakers are moving in the wrong…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Accountability, Activism
Washington State Board of Education, 2011
One of the State Board of Education's (SBE) strategic plan goals is to advocate for an effective, accountable governance structure for public education in Washington. The development of this goal comes from Board members' experiences over the last five years to understand and address the complexity of Washington's education system and their role…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational History
Wallach, Catherine A. – Online Submission, 2003
This report looks at the conversion work in three large comprehensive high schools in Washington State with a focus on what was learned in the early years. Each school takes a unique approach but common themes emerge, including the importance of strong principal leadership, the use of data, a transparent decision-making process, and a commitment…
Descriptors: High Schools, Research Reports, Administrative Change, Change Strategies
Boeck, Debora – Washington State School Directors' Association (NJ1), 2002
This guide presents some of the best thinking about the difficult and puzzling work of improving student achievement. Taken as whole, it gives a complete picture of what it will take to close the achievement gap. It contains background, findings, and key policy recommendations from a 22-month study conducted by the Washington State School…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Administrator Guides, Administrative Principles