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Scott, Caitlin; Parsley, Danette – Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, 2014
Policymakers and practitioners frequently use teacher surveys to inform decisions on school improvement efforts in low-achieving schools. There is little empirical evidence on how the results of these surveys relate to student outcomes. This study provides information on how perception data from a teacher survey in Idaho is correlated with three…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Office of English Language Acquisition, US Department of Education, 2013
This is the fourth biennial report to Congress on the implementation of the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act's" Title III State Formula Grant Program (also known as the English Language Acquisition State Grants Program). This report provides information reported by states to the U.S. Department of Education regarding services…
Descriptors: State Aid, Grants, Limited English Speaking, Language Proficiency
Tung, Rosann – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Fueled by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its focus on standardized testing, the U.S. assessment system has been driven by capitalism rather than educational benefit. Annually, the testing industry, which four companies monopolize, is valued at between $400 and $700 million. The testing industry drives Americans to spend $13.1 billion each…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Student Needs, Student Diversity, Alternative Assessment
Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific, 2014
Effective evidence-based action requires getting the right data into the right hands at the right time to help make decisions. The Data Quality Campaign (2011) has provided suggestions to state education agencies for effectively using data within state longitudinal data systems. One suggestion is to identify "the variety of ways available…
Descriptors: Data, Information Sources, Access to Information, State Departments of Education
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2010
For more than a decade, the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning has supported the Teaching and California's Future (TCF) initiative to provide California policymakers with objective and timely data on the state's teacher workforce. Each year, the Center publishes a report on the status of teaching profession. This year's report focuses…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Competencies
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Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Christopher M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
As a result of the pressures of educational reform and high-stakes assessment, some schools run the risk of foregoing active, student-centered learning activities for building test-taking skills and the memorization of discrete facts (Gredler, 1999; Jackson & Davis, 2000). Coupled with the additional pressure to fulfill the expectations of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Federal Legislation, Educational Philosophy, High Stakes Tests
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Hemmer, Lynn M.; Madsen, Jean; Torres, Mario S. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2013
Purpose: The expansion of alternative education, globally, has coincided with a shift towards greater accountability for ensuring educational access and opportunity, high academic standards and increased graduation rates. While studies suggest the pervasive influence of accountability may be redefining how school leaders provide meaningful…
Descriptors: Accountability, Nontraditional Education, Access to Education, High Achievement
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Roach, Andrew T.; Niebling, Bradley C.; Kurz, Alexander – Psychology in the Schools, 2008
Alignment has been defined as the extent to which curricular expectations and assessments are in agreement and work together to provide guidance for educators' efforts to facilitate students' progress toward desire academic outcomes. The Council of Chief State School Officers has identified three preferred models as frameworks for evaluating…
Descriptors: State Standards, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Academic Achievement, Educational Practices
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Lee, EunJung; Lee, SoHyun – Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 2009
Aligning standards and individual needs of students with disabilities has been emphasized as a prerequisite for the students' access to, and meaningful progress in, the general curriculum. As inclusive assessment tools, instructional rubrics are believed to have potential in effectively linking standards and the Individualized Education Program…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Mild Mental Retardation, Mental Retardation, Individualized Instruction
Miller, Edward; Almon, Joan – Alliance for Childhood (NJ3a), 2009
Kindergarten has changed significantly in the last two decades: children now spend more time being taught and tested on literacy and math skills than they do learning through play and exploration, exercising their bodies, and using their imaginations. Many kindergartens use highly prescriptive curricula geared to new state standards and linked to…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, State Standards, Standardized Tests
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Groth, Randall E. – Statistics Education Research Journal, 2010
Qualitative methods have become common in statistics education research, but questions linger about their role in scholarship. Currently, influential policy documents lend credence to the notion that qualitative methods are inherently inferior to quantitative ones. In this paper, several of the questions about qualitative research raised in recent…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Statistics, Educational Research, Educational Policy
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LoSchiavo, Frank M.; Shatz, Mark A.; Poling, Devereaux A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2008
In recent years, national policy experts have questioned the overall quality of educational research, and they have suggested that researchers strengthen their scientific methods by maximizing the use of experimental designs. To promote more rigorous methodology, we discuss several new and often-overlooked opportunities for incorporating…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Scholarship, Psychology, Experiments
Hout, Michael, Ed.; Elliott, Stuart W., Ed. – National Academies Press, 2011
In recent years there have been increasing efforts to use accountability systems based on large-scale tests of students as a mechanism for improving student achievement. The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a prominent example of such an effort, but it is only the continuation of a steady trend toward greater test-based accountability in…
Descriptors: Accountability, Measurement, Motivation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey – Educational Researcher, 2008
Value-added models help to evaluate the knowledge that school districts, schools, and teachers add to student learning as students progress through school. In this article, the well-known Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) is examined. The author presents a practical investigation of the methodological issues associated with the…
Descriptors: Validity, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Measurement Techniques
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Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2007
Although largely left out of the No Child Left Behind legislation, social studies remains a frequently tested subject on state-level standardized exams. As of 2004, 23 states conducted standards-based social studies tests, 10 of which could be considered high stakes. Where social studies will fit into the national testing picture is uncertain, but…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Testing, High Stakes Tests, Social Studies
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