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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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Ferrare, Joseph J.; Setari, R. Renee – Educational Researcher, 2018
A growing body of research has been documenting the pivotal role that philanthropic funding plays in advancing state and local charter school reform. However, there is little understanding of the geographic flow of these funding patterns and the market, policy, and organizational conditions that have concentrated funding in some clusters of states…
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Prizovskaya, Victoria – Journal of Education and Learning, 2018
The Student Growth Objectives are assessments created locally or by commercial educational organizations. The students' scores from the Student Growth Objectives are included in teacher summative evaluation as one of the measures of teacher's effectiveness. The high amplitude of the requirements in teacher evaluation raised a concern of whether…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Evaluation, Student Educational Objectives, Measures (Individuals)
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Gulosino, Charisse – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Evaluations of teacher preparation programs (TPPs) based in part on the performance of program completers have emerged as an education reform strategy in several states and have become central features of the Race to the Top (RTTT) grant competition. The objective of this policy review is to examine how the state of Tennessee measured and reported…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Program Evaluation
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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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Wong, Vivian C.; Wing, Coady; Martin, David – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Over the last decade, accountability reform has been at the forefront of the domestic policy agenda. Although the Obama Administration was critical of some elements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), its policies endorsed high-stakes testing and expanded the scope of the stakes. With the Race to the Top and an NCLB waiver process, the administration…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Educational Policy
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Akiba, Motoko; Wilkinson, Bryan – Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
The state of Florida has taken an unprecedented approach to teacher professional development in its Race to the Top (RTTT) Program application by proposing to promote an international innovation that originates in Japan, "lesson study," as a statewide teacher professional development model. Since winning the US$700 million RTTT funding…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Federal Programs
Medlin, Shane A. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
American students in the 21st century are growing up with Internet accessible technology available at their fingertips. Considering this and the continued pressure to compete in a global society, The United States' Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan (NETP) (2010) calls for educators to leverage technology in order to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Standardized Tests, Statistical Analysis, Grade 4
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Nixon, Andy; Packard, Abbot; Dam, Margaret – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2016
This quantitative study investigated the relationship between teacher dispositions, subject content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and reasons that school principals recommend non-renewal of teachers' contracts. Nearly 2,000 school principals in 13 states completed an emailed survey. In deciding whether to non-renew a teacher contract,…
Descriptors: Teacher Dismissal, Contracts, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Endacott, Jason L.; Collet, Vicki; Goering, Christian Z.; Turner, Ronna; Denny, George S.; Wright, Ginney; Jennings-Davis, Jennifer – Cogent Education, 2016
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent an unprecedented change in American education. As an increasingly integral part of the school accountability movement under No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, responsibility for implementing CCSS rests largely with school leadership. One important factor in the success or failure of these…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Program Implementation, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions
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Ross, Dorrell J.; Cozzens, Jeffry A. – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2016
The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate teachers' perceptions of principals' leadership behaviors influencing the schools' climate according to Green's (2010) ideologies of the 13 core competencies within the four dimensions of principal leadership. Data from the "Leadership Behavior Inventory" (Green, 2014) suggest 314…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Transformational Leadership
Smith, Orin; Windish, Daniel; Taylor, Rosemarye – Education Leadership Review, 2016
This longitudinal study examined the professional perceptions of educational leaders as to the fairness and impact of teacher evaluation and compensation reforms under Race to the Top. The study surveyed graduate students in education and educational leadership programs to assess changes in their perceptions from prior to RTTT implementation…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid
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Muenich, John Andrew – NASSP Bulletin, 2014
The purpose for this study was to ascertain the perceptions principals of public secondary schools in Minnesota have in relation to the evaluation of their job performance. Responding principals reported that past evaluations have been fair and consistent but have questioned their value with regard to professional growth. When asked if student…
Descriptors: Principals, Secondary Education, Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Attitudes
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James, Laurie – Teaching English with Technology, 2014
The intention of this study was to establish if the third grade English Language Learners improved reading fluency when using the computerized Waterford Early Reading Program. This quantitative study determined the effectiveness of the Waterford Early Reading Program at two Title I elementary schools. Students not meeting Grade Level Expectations…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, English Language Learners
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Baker, Bruce D.; Oluwole, Joseph O.; Green, Preston C., III – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2013
In this article, we explain how overly prescriptive, rigid state statutory and regulatory policy frameworks regarding teacher evaluation, tenure and employment decisions outstrip the statistical reliability and validity of proposed measures of teaching effectiveness. We begin with a discussion of the emergence of highly prescriptive state…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Employment, Tenure
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