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Shapiro, Sarah; Brown, Catherine – Center for American Progress, 2018
Civic knowledge and public engagement is at an all-time low. While the 2016 election brought a renewed interest in engagement among youth, only 23 percent of eighth-graders performed at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics exam, and achievement levels have virtually stagnated since 1998. In…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Required Courses, Graduation Requirements
Shapiro, Sarah; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2018
Diversifying the teacher workforce improves student outcomes and supports students of color. Yet, educational achievement barriers--compounded by the Trump administration's rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and drastic proposed cuts to federal education spending--will continue to keep Latinxs teachers out of the…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Hispanic Americans, Hispanic American Students, Minority Group Teachers
Stephenie, Johnson – Center for American Progress, 2018
The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided states with newfound flexibility on accountability measures and school improvement strategies. Many policy experts have analyzed states' ESSA plans, which explain how states use their federal funds under various provisions of the new law, as well as the approaches states take to identify and rate…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability
Jerald, Craig; Campbell, Neil; Roth, Erin – Center for American Progress, 2017
Recently, educators and policymakers have taken steps to improve high school graduation rates. Their efforts have already led to a record 83.2 percent graduation rate in 2016 and a 40 percent reduction over the past decade in the number of high schools graduating less than 6 in 10 students. Yet significant challenges for high schools remain.…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Restructuring, Barriers, Graduation Rate
Benner, Meg; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2017
The squeeze for time to plan lessons and complete other administrative tasks shapes a school's professional environment and, ultimately, affects the quality of instruction. As teachers are largely separate from other educators during instruction, lack of time for collaboration can be very isolating. More than half of lower secondary school…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Elementary Schools
Batel, Samantha – Center for American Progress, 2017
By the start of the 2017-18 school year, states must complete their plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which requires all states to rethink their school classification systems in consultation with community members. So far, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have submitted their plans to the U.S. Department of Education,…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Program Implementation, Classification
Partelow, Lisette; Spicklemire, Kami – Center for American Progress, 2017
Many of the positive changes seen in education reform over the past few decades--from replication of high-quality charter schools to expansion of teacher residency programs--have been made possible, at least in part, through partnerships with AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Under the Trump administration's current proposal to cut…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Federal Government, Federal Aid, Political Issues
Brown, Catherine; Benner, Meg – Center for American Progress, 2017
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, some advocates and philanthropists are shifting their focus and energy from the federal level to the state and local level in the hopes of maintaining the momentum of gains made by the Obama administration. Since the nation's founding, states and the school districts they created have been in the…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Educational Policy, Advocacy, Federal Aid
Boser, Ulrich – Center for American Progress, 2017
To examine the public's attitudes about the nature of teaching and learning and what they mean for educational policy, the author surveyed almost 3,000 individuals nationwide in 2015, weighting results by race, poverty, and education level. Results show: (1) There is a wide gap between the public's understanding of good educational practice and…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Poverty
Partelow, Lisette; Benner, Meg; Dannenberg, Michael; Barone, Charles – Center for American Progress, 2017
After a fight over federal funding for fiscal year (FY) 2017, Congress has spent the past several months deciding how to fund the government for the upcoming fiscal year. Budget negotiations started in May 2017 when the Trump administration released a proposed budget for FY 2018 that included cuts to domestic spending. Under regular order, this…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgeting, Retrenchment, Federal Aid
Ford, Chris; Johnson, Stephenie; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2017
The issue brief centers on the measures taken by Prince Edward County, Virginia, who shut down their public schools for five years in the late 1950s and early 1960s rather than desegregate the public schools after the "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka" Supreme Court decision. County officials provided private school vouchers for…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Educational History
Boser, Ulrich; Brown, Catherine – Center for American Progress, 2016
Students from low-income backgrounds face a variety of social and economic challenges that make it more difficult for them to achieve their potential. 2 To make matters worse, low-income students often attend public schools that receive less funding than schools serving more affluent students. It is also clear that some states do a far better job…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Barriers, National Competency Tests, Achievement Gap
Boser, Ulrich; Baffour, Perpetual; Vela, Steph – Center for American Progress, 2016
In many ways standards-based school reform is at a crossroads. On one side, the movement has made tremendous strides. The Common Core State Standards Initiative, known simply as Common Core, is now strongly established in more than 40 states. Many teachers believe that the new, higher academic standards have helped them improve instruction. And,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Common Core State Standards, National Competency Tests, Outcomes of Education
Batel, Samantha; Sargrad, Scott – Center for American Progress, 2016
New assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards are a major step forward in accessibility and accommodation features for students with disabilities and English language learners. Designed by two consortia of states--the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment…
Descriptors: Barriers, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Disabilities
Brown, Catherine; Partelow, Lisette; Konoske-Graf, Annette – Center for American Progress, 2016
There has been a sea change in teacher evaluation over the past eight years. Inspired in part by President Barack Obama's policies, schools have instituted teacher evaluation systems that include multiple measures of teacher impact. Model systems are aligned to systems of continuous improvement, helping teachers identify areas of weakness in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Case Studies, Teacher Improvement, State Policy
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