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Haller, Alicia; Hunt, Erika – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2016
Research has demonstrated that principals have a powerful impact on school improvement and student learning. Principals play a vital role in recruiting, developing, and retaining effective teachers; creating a school-wide culture of learning; and implementing a continuous improvement plan aimed at increasing student achievement. Leithwood, Louis,…
Descriptors: Supply and Demand, Principals, Educational Policy, Administrator Education
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2016
The Center for the Study of Education Policy utilized several grants to develop principal preparation program tools to assist programs in the implementation of the new standards and requirements for the licensure of school principals and assistant principals. Also, with the help of another grant in partnership with several PK-12 school districts,…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Implementation
Haller, Alicia; Hunt, Erika; Pacha, Joseph; Fazekas, Anna – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2016
The revisions to federal policy reflected in ESSA suggest that federal policy makers are acknowledging the growing research-base on principal effectiveness, and responding by shaping policy to create new opportunities for innovation and improvement in principal preparation and development. Principals, as multipliers of effective practice, are a…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Administrator Education, Principals
Baron, Debra; Haller, Alicia – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2014
Since 2000, Illinois has pursued an ambitious goal to strengthen principal preparation. This is a vital goal, as research has demonstrated that an effective principal is the key factor in improving schools and increasing student achievement. Through the work of numerous statewide committees and consortia, with funding support from several…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Educational Change, State Legislation
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2013
The quality of Illinois schools and the performance of their principals play significant roles in determining the future for children. Their success hinges on recognition that principals play a critical role in shaping the environments in which children learn. Illinois schools can and will be enriched by developing a principal pipeline system that…
Descriptors: Statistical Data, Supply and Demand, Principals, Administrator Education
Durflinger, Norm; Haeffele, Lynne – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2011
This policy brief reviews the arguments for and against school district consolidation and the research regarding consolidation effects, with data specific to school districts in Illinois. A tiered approach to studying consolidation potential is presented as a viable option for policymakers to consider. The following topics are presented: (1)…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Consolidated Schools, Educational Research
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2011
Driven by research that evidences the direct impact of principals on school-wide improvements, Illinois has been working at the forefront of innovation and improvement in principal quality for quite some time. A large body of research supports the impact of school leadership on school and student outcomes. While high quality instruction is…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Education, State Standards
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2009
Since the days when the country was dotted with one-room schoolhouses, many changes have taken place in school governance and management. In 1940, there were over 117,000 public school districts in the United States. In 2000, there were fewer than 15,000, even though the student population of the country had doubled in that time. While school…
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Governance, School Organization, County School Districts
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2009
The past two decades have seen an emerging trend in urban school governance: mayors taking the reins of school district leadership. The impetus for putting the mayor in charge of a city's schools usually stems from at least one of the following being documented or generally perceived about an urban school district: (1) Lack of accountability; (2)…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Governance, School Districts, Accountability
Curry, Lynne; Pacha, Joseph; Baker, Paul J. – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2007
The Illinois Best Practice School Study is part of a national research study to investigate successful practices in schools. This multi-year study (2003-2006) sought to identify and analyze the best practices of schools that are considered to be consistent high performers despite significant poverty levels. The Illinois study (underwritten by the…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Effectiveness, Poverty, High Achievement
Palmer, James C., Comp.; Franklin, Doug, Comp. – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2006
The Grapevine project, which began in 1960 by M. M. Chambers, entails an annual survey of state higher education and government officials. The intent is to record annual state tax appropriations for the operating expenses of higher education, noting percent changes from year to year. The Grapevine data are indicators of state tax effort in support…
Descriptors: Operating Expenses, State Aid, Profiles, Surveys
Dean, Diane R.; Hunt, Erika L.; Smith, Ryan – Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2006
This report, sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University, presents in-depth multi-method research and analysis on what matters to Illinois students and their families when choosing a college, why so many students are leaving the state, where they are going, and…
Descriptors: In State Students, Higher Education, College Choice, Student Mobility
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2005
The high school diploma is no longer the credential for a lifetime and it has not been for decades. Since the 1970s, there has been a growing consensus that training or education beyond high school is necessary to qualify for "family wage" jobs, jobs that pay enough for a family to live reasonably comfortably. Despite this widespread…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Low Income Groups, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2005
The high school is now the focus of attention at the national and state levels, adding urgency to long-term efforts in Illinois to improve learning and prepare students for work and further education. In February 2005, the National Governors Association called for "wide reform that will make high school, particularly senior year, more…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Educational Change, Course Selection (Students), High Schools
Center for the Study of Education Policy, 2004
In 2001, Illinois was one of 15 states across America selected and funded by the Wallace Foundation, in cooperation with the National Council for State Legislatures, National Governors' Association, Education Commission of the States, Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Association of State Boards of Education, to plan,…
Descriptors: State Action, Public Policy, Consortia, Superintendents
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