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Ross, Elizabeth – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Research reliably demonstrates that teachers are the most important in-school factor affecting students' learning and lives. Yet on myriad measures of teacher quality, students from low-income families and students of color are less likely to have equitable access to excellent teachers. States set forth their plans to address any existing…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Quality, Teacher Competencies, Low Income Students
Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The 2017 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools finds that Americans overwhelmingly want schools to do more than educate students in academic subjects. While they value traditional academic preparation, Americans say they want schools to substantially help position students for their working lives after school, which means…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Public Schools, Role of Education, Resource Allocation
Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Pivovarova, Margarita; Geiger, Tray J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Being an expert involves explaining how things are supposed to work, and, perhaps more important, why things might not work as supposed. In this study, researchers surveyed scholars with expertise in value-added models (VAMs) to solicit their opinions about the uses and potential of VAMs for teacher-level accountability purposes (for example, in…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, Scholarship, Expertise, Surveys
Bushaw, William J.; Calderon, Valerie J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools reveals that Americans say they know a lot more this year about the Common Core State Standards than they indicated a year ago, and they like it a lot less. Americans also say local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Attitudes, Public Opinion, Academic Standards
Poplin, Mary; Rivera, John; Durish, Dena; Hoff, Linda; Kawell, Susan; Pawlak, Pat; Hinman, Ivannia Soto; Straus, Laura; Veney, Cloetta – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
A study of 31 high-performing teachers in low-performing urban schools found that these teachers had certain traits in common. They were strict; they taught in traditional, explicit ways; there was little time in their classrooms when instruction was not occurring; and they moved around the room helping their students. They used very few…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Cooperative Learning, Constructivism (Learning)
Kaplan, Leslie S.; Owings, William A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Presents research on both sides of policy debate over whether traditional teacher preparation positively affects student achievement. Also presents mixed research findings linking teacher certification with teacher quality. (Contains 39 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
Rose, Lowell C.; Gallup, Alec M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2000
The 2000 poll shows substantial public satisfaction with public schools; willingness to improve the existing system; eroding support for high-stakes testing and for private- and religious-school choice; insufficient financial support as schools' biggest problem; and parents as having greater influence than teachers over student performance. (MLH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Rotberg, Iris C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Summarizes findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on reading, mathematics, science, writing, high and low achievers, race, types of schools, and geographic regions and affirms the potential of American education to solve its own problems with government assistance at the federal level. (JBM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Assessment
Odden, Allan – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Proposes both low-cost strategies (administrator academies, teacher institutes, school improvement projects, information dissemination programs) and high-cost strategies (teacher compensation, longer school day and year, greater reliance on technology) for improving educational quality. The author concludes with a discussion of educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Change
Smith, David C.; Street, Sue – Phi Delta Kappan, 1980
Compares the time teachers, pharmacists, civil engineers, and lawyers spend in professional preparation programs. Argues that the time spent on professional preparation of teachers should be expanded and that those programs should be of sufficient quality to achieve genuine professional status for teachers. (IRT)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Education
Wynne, Edward A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1981
Describes the major characteristics associated with "good" schools, presents examples, and tries to derive some prescriptive principles. "Coherence" was the characteristic most commonly associated with the good schools in the study. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Role, Administrators, Discipline
Gallup, Alec M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1985
Presents the results of polling in 1985 concerning the public's attitudes toward the nation's public schools, toward local schools, and toward school personnel, teacher salaries, merit pay, teacher competency, the curriculum, extracurricular activities, homework, student rights, student discipline, school finance, alternatives to public education,…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Majority Attitudes, Public Education, Public Opinion
Blum, Virgil C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1985
Among the findings of a study of 54 randomly selected private elementary schools, each of which enrolled 70 percent or more minority students, was strong parental involvement. Eighty percent of the schools accept academically weak students and 56 percent accept transfer students with behavioral problems. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Catholic Schools, Educational Quality
Gallup, George H. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1980
Presents the report of the Gallup Poll of public attitudes toward the public schools. Includes such topics as attitudes toward overall quality, treatment of the basics, inclusion of bilingual education, and offering special programs for children from one-parent families. (IRT)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
Elam, Stanley M.; Gough, Pauline B. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1980
Reports on a comparison of the attitudes that educators and members of the lay public expressed in the Gallup Poll. Educators tended to find more (and somewhat different) problems than did the public, were more aware of costs, and were less favorably disposed toward the basics and toward special classes for non-English speaking students. (IRT)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys