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Hustedt, Jason T.; Buell, Martha J.; Hallam, Rena A.; Pinder, Wendy M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2018
Kindergarten has become increasingly academically oriented, and U.S. kindergarten teachers are increasingly called upon to implement policies that require assessment and promote accountability. However, little recent research has focused on kindergarten teachers' beliefs about kindergarten readiness. The authors examined teachers' beliefs related…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Beliefs, School Readiness
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McDermott, Suzanne; Royer, Julie; Cope, Tara; Lindgren, Scott; Momany, Elizabeth; Lee, Jae Chul; McDuffie, Mary Joan; Lauer, Emily; Kurtz, Stephen; Armour, Brian S. – American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2018
This project sought to identify Medicaid members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in five states (Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina) to develop a cohort for subsequent analyses of medical conditions and service utilization. We estimated that over 300,000 Medicaid members in these states had IDD. All…
Descriptors: Health Services, Federal Programs, State Federal Aid, Data
Greenberg, Erica – Urban Institute, 2018
Free and reduced-price lunch status has long been used as a proxy measure for student poverty. This brief offers a short history of school lunch and its recent decline as a measure of economic disadvantage. It then provides a primer on "direct certification," the most promising alternative, which links student enrollment with public…
Descriptors: Poverty, Lunch Programs, Low Income Students, Economically Disadvantaged
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Childs, Joshua; Russell, Jennifer Lin – Urban Education, 2017
Improving low-achieving schools is a critical challenge facing urban education. Recent national policy shifts have pressed states to take an expanded role in school improvement efforts. In 2009, a federal grant competition called Race to the Top (RttT) compelled states to improve their capacity to implement ambitious education reform agendas.…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, School Turnaround, Urban Schools
Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance, 2017
This resource was prepared in response to a request for examples of developmental screening activities in Early Learning Challenge (ELC) States. This information will be helpful to States as they consider how to identify and address health, behavioral, and developmental needs of children with high needs. To address this request, ELC TA reviewed…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Developmental Disabilities, Faculty Development, Staff Development
Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, 2017
This Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) final performance report for the year 2016 describes Delaware's accomplishments, lessons learned, challenges, and strategies Delaware will implement to address those challenges. Delaware made significant progress throughout the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge in four identified…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Programs, Educational Quality, Accountability
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
Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, 2016
The Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program, authorized by Congress in 2011, is designed to improve the quality of early learning and development programs for children from birth through age 5. This discretionary grant program is administered jointly by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Federal Legislation
Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, 2016
This Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) annual performance report for the year 2015 describes Delaware's accomplishments, lessons learned, challenges, and strategies Delaware will implement to address those challenges. Delaware made significant progress in four primary areas in Year Four: (1) continued success in implementing…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance, 2016
This resource was prepared in response to a request for information about the innovations and lessons learned as the result of the investments States have made in transforming their workforce using their Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants. These strategies and accomplishments will be helpful to other States as they…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
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Russell, Jennifer Lin; Meredith, Julie; Childs, Joshua; Stein, Mary Kay; Prine, Deanna Weber – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2015
This study sought to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of state designed Race to the Top (RttT) funded reform networks. Drawing on a conceptual framework developed from the networked governance literature, we analyzed the 12 state RttT grantees' applications. Our analysis revealed that states designed…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Networks
Smith, Nelson – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2015
In "Redefining the School District in America," Nelson Smith reexamines existing recovery school districts (RSDs)--entities in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan charged with running and turning around their state's worst schools--and assembles the most comprehensive catalog of similar initiatives underway and under consideration…
Descriptors: School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, School Turnaround
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
By 2012, all of the states in this study had started implementing new or revised teacher and leader evaluation systems. The systems include many and varying updates. In some cases, the updates were designed to meet conditions for a state's "Race to the Top" grant. In others, the updates were made to meet conditions for a state's waiver…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation, State Standards, State Policy
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
All of the states in this study have recently been involved in school accountability system reform. Since 2011, the states have taken advantage of a federal program to give them flexibility around certain requirements of the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 (NCLB), the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary…
Descriptors: Accountability, State Policy, State Programs, State Standards
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Howell, William G. – Education Next, 2015
Caught between extraordinary public expectations and relatively modest constitutional authority, U.S. presidents historically have fashioned all sorts of mechanisms--executive orders, proclamations, memoranda--by which to move their objectives forward. William Howell asserts that under President Barack Obama's administration, presidential…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, State Policy
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