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Medler, Alex; Reddy, Vinayak – National Charter School Resource Center, 2018
Charter schools face high-stakes accountability. When charter schools fail to perform as expected, including as measured on state tests, authorizers are often expected to close them. While the details of charter school oversight are shaped by each state's charter school policy, federal law influences how states test children and evaluate all…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
Deeds, Carinne; Thomas, Olivia – American Youth Policy Forum, 2018
Employers in every sector have emphasized the need for a well-rounded, highly skilled workforce. Recent survey data indicates that over 90% of business leaders think American workers are not as skilled as they need to be. 1 According to the Business Roundtable, CEOs around the country have noticed a particular gap in "employability…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Labor Force Development, Youth Programs
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Vajravelu, Kuppalapalle; Muhs, Tammy – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2016
Successful science and engineering programs require proficiency and dynamics in mathematics classes to enhance the learning of complex subject matter with a sufficient amount of practical problem solving. Improving student performance and retention in mathematics classes requires inventive approaches. At the University of Central Florida (UCF) the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Calculus, Technology Integration, Large Group Instruction
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Bulger, Sean M.; Braga, Luciana; DiGiacinto, Kacey; Jones, Emily M. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2016
This article addresses current issues and trends related to teacher candidate recruitment in physical education teacher education programs. It highlights the efforts of program leaders in three different higher education institutions to recruit and retain well-qualified physical education majors. The key lessons learned from these cases serve as a…
Descriptors: Student Recruitment, Academic Persistence, College Faculty, Majors (Students)
Anrig, Greg – Educational Leadership, 2015
For the 12 years that Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, the Big Apple was home to the nation's largest experiment in implementing the business model of education reform. The numbers of public school closings and new charter schools soared, while the high school student assignment system was overhauled to be driven by choice. By the…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Unions, Teacher Associations, Educational Improvement
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Bailey, Michael R. P.; Bauer-Jones, Kate – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2015
In the summer of 2013, the State of Florida passed legislation that, among other things, gave parents of students with significant cognitive disabilities the right to refuse a separate curriculum and/or school for their child. This case frames the legal ramifications of Florida Senate Bill 1108 through the lens of the landmark Supreme Court case…
Descriptors: Case Studies, State Legislation, Mental Disorders, Inclusion
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2015
Research shows that students who dually enroll are more likely to finish high school and succeed in postsecondary education than their peers with a similar grade point average (GPA), test scores, demographics, etc. Yet in many states, students and parents are largely--if not entirely--responsible for covering dual enrollment course costs, placing…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, State Aid, Educational Finance, Funding Formulas
Bailey, Thomas; Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Jenkins, Davis – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2015
A growing number of community colleges and four-year universities are seeking to improve student outcomes by redesigning academic programs and student support services following the guided pathways approach. These institutions are mapping out highly structured, educationally coherent program pathways for students to follow by starting with the end…
Descriptors: Case Studies, State Colleges, Student Attrition, College Students
Bailey, Thomas; Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Jenkins, Davis – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2015
The idea behind guided pathways is straightforward. College students are more likely to complete a degree in a timely fashion if they choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, have a clear road map of the courses they need to take to complete a credential, and receive guidance and support to help them stay on plan. However, most…
Descriptors: Case Studies, State Colleges, Student Attrition, College Students
Parise, Leigh M.; Finkelstein, Carla; Alterman, Emma – MDRC, 2015
Through the Innovative Professional Development (iPD) Challenge, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in helping school districts and networks redesign their professional development systems to serve educators better and improve student performance. MDRC's evaluation of the iPD Challenge involves case studies and multiple rounds of…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Case Studies, Program Evaluation, Interviews
Stewart, Sarah – Independent School, 2015
Two-thirds of high school students get less than eight to 10 hours of sleep per night according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sleep deprivation in teens has been linked to poor academic performance, reduced immunity, obesity, ADD-like symptoms, and even drug and alcohol use. For years, experts have said that early school…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Sleep, High School Students, Child Health
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Keefer, Natalie; Bousalis, Rina – Social Studies, 2015
In many parts of the less developed world it is women and girls who are expected to provide water for their family. Frequently, young girls are unable to complete school or get jobs because water scarcity means they are forced to walk miles daily to obtain this most basic need. Since the creation of the United Nations Millennium Goals, progress…
Descriptors: Females, Water, Developing Nations, Sex Role
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Cruz, Bárbara C.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R. – Social Studies, 2015
The importance of visual literacy development is demonstrated using social studies examples from an innovative, collaborative arts program. Discussion of the Visual Thinking Strategies approach, connections to the Common Core State Standards, prompts for higher-order critical thinking, and the application of historical and social science ideas in…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Social Studies, Art Education, Critical Thinking
Croft, Michelle; Guffy, Gretchen; Vitale, Dan – ACT, Inc., 2014
The need to adequately prepare all students for the next stage in their lives has led a number of states to adopt new educational standards that reflect the expectation that all high school students will be ready for college and career when they graduate. The report "Communicating College and Career Readiness through Proficiency…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Academic Standards, Competency Based Education
Wolf, Mary Ann; Jones, Rachel; Gilbert, Daniel – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014
This report explains the key role that school librarians and libraries should play in state- and district-wide efforts to transition to digital learning, or the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning. The report calls for district and school leaders, policymakers, and boards of education to support, encourage, and fund the…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Role, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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