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Battersby, Sharyn L.; Verdi, Brian – Arts Education Policy Review, 2015
As a result of Race to the Top, states across the country vied for school improvement grants in order to advance educational reforms including effective professional development and teacher collaboration within their school districts. Requirements of the grant included the development of teacher evaluation systems and a professional development…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Music Teachers
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Wilcox, Kristen Campbell; Lawson, Hal A. – Journal of Educational Change, 2018
This multiple case study investigated 143 teachers' responses to focus group questions about their experiences with the simultaneous implementation of three disruptive innovations as part of the U.S. Race-to-the-Top (RTTT) agenda: the Common Core Learning Standards, data-driven instruction, and annual professional performance reviews. We asked:…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy
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Lane, Suzanne; Leventhal, Brian – Review of Research in Education, 2015
This chapter addresses the psychometric challenges in assessing English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities (SWDs). The first section addresses some general considerations in the assessment of ELLs and SWDs, including the prevalence of ELLs and SWDs in the student population, federal and state legislation that requires the…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Evaluation Problems, English Language Learners, Disabilities
Johnson, Jessica; Kendziora, Kimberly; Osher, David – American Institutes for Research, 2012
The Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition asks districts to personalize education for all students in their schools, focusing on classrooms and the relationship between educators and students. To reach this bold goal, the competition calls for providing teachers with "the information, tools, and supports that enable them to meet the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Competition, School Districts, Total Quality Management