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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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Horn, Ilana Seidel – Urban Education, 2018
Using a learning design perspective on No Child Left Behind (NCLB), I examine how accountability policy shaped urban educators' instructional sensemaking. Focusing on the role of policy-rooted classifications, I examine conversations from a middle school mathematics teacher team as a "best case" because they worked diligently to comply…
Descriptors: Accountability, Instructional Design, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Wong, Vivian C.; Wing, Coady; Martin, David; Krishnamachari, Anandita – Educational Researcher, 2018
When No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law in 2002, it was viewed as an effort to create uniform standards for students and schools across the country. More than a decade later, we know surprisingly little about how states actually implemented NCLB and the extent to which state implementation decisions managed to undo the centralizing objectives…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, State Regulation
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Northrop, Laura; Kelly, Sean – Urban Education, 2018
This study investigates whether adequate yearly progress (AYP) status, locale, and sector--common variables used to judge the quality of schools--accurately signal true differences in instructional practices in high school mathematics and science. Using data from the High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS), we find the school-to-school variation in…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Intermode Differences, Federal Programs, Educational Indicators
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Wahleithner, Juliet Michelsen – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background: Numerous reports have highlighted problems with writing instruction in American schools, yet few examine the interplay of teachers' preparation to teach writing, the instructional policies they must navigate, and the writing development of the students in their classrooms. Purpose: This study examines high school English teachers'…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Writing Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Statistical Analysis
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Wrabel, Stephani L.; Saultz, Andrew; Polikoff, Morgan S.; McEachin, Andrew; Duque, Matthew – Educational Policy, 2018
Executive leadership of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) initiated a flexibility offering from No Child Left Behind. Our work explores specific design decisions made in these state-specific accountability systems as associated with state political environments, resources, and demographic characteristics. Our analysis, focused on 42 states…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Markowitz, Anna J. – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
After the adoption of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a host of anecdotal evidence suggested that NCLB diminished students' school engagement--a multidimensional construct that describes students' active involvement and commitment to school and encompasses students' thoughts, behaviors, and feelings about school. Using data from repeated…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Seymour, Clancy M.; Garrison, Mark J. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
The implementation of value-added models of teacher evaluation continue to expand in public education, but the effects of using student test scores to evaluate K-12 physical educators necessitates further discussion. Using the five National Standards for K-12 Physical Education from the Society of Health and Physical Educators America (SHAPE),…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, National Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Education
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Graham, Deborah J.; Eadens, Daniel W. – Education Leadership Review of Doctoral Research, 2017
This correlation study examined relationships between special education and standardized testing variables of 100 Arizona secondary school districts with Native American populations, and the archival records for postsecondary outcomes between 2012 and 2014 of students with disabilities, using archival data collected by the Arizona Department of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Correlation, Special Education, Standardized Tests
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Thompson, Karen D. – Educational Policy, 2017
This study uses 9 years of longitudinal, student-level data from the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide updated, empirically-based estimates of the time necessary for English learners (ELs) to become reclassified as proficient in English, as well as factors associated with variation in time to reclassification. To illustrate how…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Classification, Longitudinal Studies, School Districts
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Wieczorek, Douglas – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2017
This study investigated public school principals' reports of professional development implementation at the school level while working in different state- and local-level contexts (state accountability level, geographic locations, socioeconomic status, demographics, and grade levels). I attempted to measure principals' reported changes in levels…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Faculty Development, Geographic Location
Ray, Staci Janelle – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Since No Child Left Behind was introduced, kindergarten through 12th-grade educators have seen a dramatic increase in accountability, rigor of standards, and responsibilities in the classroom (New America Foundation, 2015). In order to meet the increased demands of federal education regulations in second through fourth grades, many administrators…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Departments, Grade 2, Grade 3
Randolph, Cassandra Jones – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The passing of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act---later renamed the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act---mandated that schools and districts ensure that all available education services were comparable between students with disabilities and general education students. This mandate led to students with disabilities and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Teacher Collaboration, Algebra
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Heck, Ronald H.; Chang, Jana – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2017
Purpose: This article examines the timing of changes of key educational process indicators within three groups of elementary schools after No Child Left Behind (NCLB) implementation--schools that met adequate yearly progress targets consistently, schools that entered restructuring due to prolonged academic failure but failed to exit, and schools…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Elementary Schools
Bonilla, Sade; Dee, Thomas – Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, 2017
Under waivers to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the federal government required states to identify schools where targeted subgroups of students have the lowest achievement and to implement reforms in these "Focus Schools." In this study, we examine the Focus School reforms in the state of Kentucky. The reforms in this state are…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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