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Peltzman, Alissa; Curl, Cory – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2019
State and school report cards provide a powerful avenue for states to reach families and the broader public as essential partners in improving student outcomes. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and many state legislatures require states to publish an array of education data including measures at the state, district, and school levels.…
Descriptors: Data Use, Educational Improvement, Equal Education, Decision Making
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2018
The recommendations in this brief create a framework for using data effectively to make instructional decisions. The availability of student-level data for educators has pushed forward the movement to strengthen the role of data to guide instruction and improve student learning. While improvements in technology and assessments, as well as recent…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Information Utilization, Data Collection, Data Analysis
Phillips, Meredith; Reber, Sarah; Rothstein, Jesse – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Modern computing technology makes it possible for governments at all levels to use the data they already collect to improve service coordination and delivery, and to conduct research and evaluation to inform policymaking. California is well behind other states in taking advantage of this opportunity, in education and in other fields. The state has…
Descriptors: Data Use, Educational Improvement, State Programs, Information Systems
Jenkins, Davis; Bailey, Thomas – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
In this brief, the authors propose three measures of "early momentum" for two reasons: Research is beginning to show that these near-term metrics predict long-term success, and the metrics focus attention on initial conditions at colleges that are particularly important for solidifying the foundation for student success. While these…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, College Students, Graduation Rate
Stiles, Katherine; Mundry, Susan; DiRanna, Kathy – WestEd, 2017
In response to the need to develop leaders to guide the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding to WestEd to develop a framework that defines the leadership knowledge and actions needed to effectively implement the NGSS. The development of the framework entailed…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Instruction, Standard Setting, Science Education
Baumann, Paul; Brennan, Jan – Education Commission of the States, 2017
The civic education policy framework and gap analysis tool are intended to guide state leaders as they address the complexities of preparing students for college, career and civic life. They allow for adaptation to state- and site-specific circumstances and may be adopted in whole or in piecemeal fashion, according to states' individual…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Civics, College Readiness, Career Readiness
O'Keefe, Bonnie – Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, 2017
This brief reviews state plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as of October 1, 2017. It focuses on three key topics for early learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): setting clear goals and policy priorities for early learning, integrating early learning into school improvement, and supporting early childhood educator…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
Torgesen, Joseph K.; Houston, Debra D.; Rissman, Lila M.; Decker, Susan M.; Roberts, Greg; Vaughn, Sharon; Wexler, Jade; Francis, David J.; Rivera, Mabel O.; Lesaux, Nonie – Center on Instruction, 2017
This document was prepared to assist literacy specialists in the national Regional Comprehensive Center network as they work with states to improve educational policy and practice in the area of adolescent literacy. It comprises three major parts: Part One: "Improving academic literacy instruction for students in grades 4-12." Based on…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy Education, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing
Metz, Rachel; Socol, Allison Rose – Education Trust, 2017
Of the many inequities in the education system, gaps in access to strong teaching have proven to be among the most stubborn. That is not to say that there are not excellent teachers in high-poverty schools. Research shows an indisputable and wide-spread pattern in schools and districts across the country: Low-income children and children of color…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Minority Group Students
Szekely, Amanda; Wat, Albert – National Governors Association, 2016
Children's academic and social development before third grade is highly predictive of later success in school and beyond. Research shows that during those early years, the gains children make in language and literacy, mathematics and social skills, and their growth as learners and thinkers are associated with a range of benefits, from academic…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Strategies, Educational Improvement
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
Superintendents and principals can have a positive and decisive impact on student achievement and higher graduation rates. Their essential leadership can illuminate the path to excellence for faculty and students. In upgrading curriculum and instruction, school leaders need to keep abreast of practices proven effective in other districts and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Best Practices, High Achievement, Graduation Rate
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Belanger, Jackie; Zou, Ning; Mills, Jenny Rushing; Holmes, Claire; Oakleaf, Megan – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2015
Rubric assessment of information literacy is an important tool for librarians seeking to show evidence of student learning. The authors, who collaborated on the Rubric Assessment of Informational Literacy Skills (RAILS) research project, draw from their shared experience to present practical recommendations for implementing rubric assessment in a…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Information Literacy, Librarians, Evaluation Methods
Groves, Garrett; Palmer, Iris – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2015
Governors plays a central role in ensuring that public educational institutions provide students with the knowledge and abilities required for a successful life and career. The systemic use of data from education and labor markets informs governors and other policymakers of the effectiveness and efficiency of their existing postsecondary systems…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Labor Market, Data
Lass, Leslie; Zandt, Alyson – Achieving the Dream, 2014
As described in this brief, Tacoma Community College and South Texas College each focused on contextualization as a cornerstone of developmental education reform, albeit with different approaches. With a comprehensive look at the experience at Tacoma Community College and a supplementary example from South Texas College, we begin to understand how…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Change, Public Colleges, Case Studies
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
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