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Tucker, Bill – Education Sector, 2010
Over the past decade, school districts and states have made impressive advances in collecting and managing data used for accountability purposes. By the year 2011, all 50 states will have systems to track students from year to year. But in most states and districts, all the data generated by these systems flows only one way: up. This paper…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change
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Heilig, Julian Vasquez; Cole, Heather; Aguilar, Angelica – Arts Education Policy Review, 2010
This historical narrative tracks the evolution and devolution of visual arts education from Dewey's progressive era pedagogy and the theory of the arts as experience through the modern accountability movement. Archival material, state curricular documents, and conversations with policymakers show an increasing focus on core subject areas of…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Art Education, High Stakes Tests, Accountability
Murdock, Ashleigh Barbee, Ed. – Research and Curriculum Unit, 2010
Secondary vocational-technical education programs in Mississippi are faced with many challenges resulting from sweeping educational reforms at the national and state levels. Schools and teachers are increasingly being held accountable for providing true learning activities to every student in the classroom. This accountability is measured through…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Animation, Student Organizations, Educational Technology
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Martina, Camille Anne; Hursh, David; Markowitz, Dina – Environmental Education Research, 2009
In this paper, we focus on the efforts of educators at nine different research sites within the United States, funded by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), to develop and implement innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum on the relationship of the environment and human health. The NIEHS correctly…
Descriptors: Health Education, Environmental Education, Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests
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Walser, Tamara M. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2009
No Child Left Behind has increased data collection and reporting, the development of data systems, and interest in using data for decision-making in schools and classrooms. Ends-driven decision making has become common educational practice, where the ends justify the means at all costs, and short-term results trump longer-term outcomes and the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Systems Approach, Educational Practices
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Smith, Emma; Gorard, Stephen – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2007
How developed countries train, recruit and retain their schoolteachers is an area of considerable interest in education today. In this paper we consider how the US is addressing the issue of teacher quality by holding schools and school districts accountable for ensuring that all teachers of core subjects are "highly qualified" by the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teacher Effectiveness, School Districts, Developed Nations
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Sumida, Anna Y. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In this article, the author proposes to offer a glimpse into the practical challenges of teaching literacy in a public school setting where students enter classrooms at various stages of reading readiness. The author begins with the case of Kahea, a kindergarten student reading at an emergent literacy level, as an illustration of some of the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Readiness, Federal Legislation, Hawaiians
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Lewis, Daniel M.; Haug, Carolyn A. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2005
In a coherent educational assessment system, the relation between the cut scores across the grades of a content area should reflect the goals of the educational system moderated by the state of the standards within that system. In this article, we discuss the need for consistent cut scores across the grades of a content area; we present and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Testing Programs, Educational Assessment, Standard Setting