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Rentner, Diane Stark; Kober, Nancy; Frizzell, Matthew; Ferguson, Maria – Center on Education Policy, 2016
Education policymakers and leaders often say that the opinions and observations of teachers are among the most important information to help explain and understand what is happening in schools. Teachers' voices can inject a sense of classroom and school-level realism into those discussions and add clarity and credibility to issues that are often…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, National Surveys, Public Schools, Public School Teachers
Center on Education Policy, 2015
In the spring and fall of 2013, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) convened two meetings of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss ideas for a more relevant and coordinated research agenda on the Common Core State Standards. Participants in these meetings identified several needs and made a number of thoughtful suggestions. Many…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Academic Standards, State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education
McMurrer, Jennifer; Frizzell, Matthew; Yoshioka, Nanami – Center on Education Policy, 2015
Many low-performing schools across the nation have increased learning time in response to federal requirements for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The conditions governing federal waivers of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) also require certain schools to redesign the school day, week, or year to include additional…
Descriptors: Extended School Day, Extended School Year, Educational Improvement, Grants
Rentner, Diane Stark; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2014
This report, based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of school districts in Common Core-adopting states, examines school districts' efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The report addresses district leaders' views on the rigor of the CCSS and their impact on learning and instruction, progress on and…
Descriptors: State Standards, School Districts, Program Implementation, Academic Standards
Rentner, Diane Stark; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) outline the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn throughout their K-12 education in order to be prepared for college and careers when they graduate. As of October 2014, 42 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards in both…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Curriculum Design, Faculty Development
Rentner, Diane Stark; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2014
Later this school year, states that have adopted the voluntary Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are scheduled to begin testing students' progress in learning the content of the standards in mathematics and English language arts (ELA). Many of these states belong to one of two consortia--the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Mathematics Tests
Rentner, Diane Stark; Price, Olga Acosta – Center on Education Policy, 2014
Federal education funding has often been overlooked by districts in search of sources of support for prevention. This guide is intended to help school districts take advantage of those funds by identifying K-12 grant programs in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that could be used to implement prevention efforts in elementary and secondary…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Federal Aid, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention
Rentner, Diane Stark; Ferguson, Maria – Center on Education Policy, 2014
This report looks specifically at the information and data needs of policymakers related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the types of research that could provide this information. The ideas in this report were informed by a series of meetings and discussions about a possible research agenda for the Common Core, sponsored by the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Educational Policy
McMurrer, Jennifer; Frizzell, Matthew – Center on Education Policy, 2013
This report, based on a spring 2013 survey of state education agency officials who oversee K-12 education in Common Core-adopting states, describes states' perceptions about the variety of ways in which they are collaborating with their state's postsecondary institutions to prepare for and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Other…
Descriptors: State Standards, State Departments of Education, Program Implementation, Postsecondary Education
Frizzell, Matthew – Center on Education Policy, 2013
This report, based on a spring 2013 survey of state education agency officials in Common Core-adopting states, focuses on state efforts to prepare students with disabilities for the Common Core State Standards. The report also addresses the challenges states face with supporting teachers of students with disabilities and state plans for assessing…
Descriptors: State Standards, Program Implementation, Disabilities, Special Needs Students
Kober, Nancy; McIntosh, Shelby; Rentner, Diane Stark – Center on Education Policy, 2013
Timely, ongoing, and effective professional development for teachers and principals will be critical to the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These voluntary state-developed standards in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) outline the knowledge and skills that students in grades kindergarten through 12…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
Rentner, Diane Stark – Center on Education Policy, 2013
States are in a crucial phase of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which outline the knowledge and skills that students in grades kindergarten through 12 are expected to learn in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) to be prepared for college and careers. As of July 2013, 45 states and the District of Columbia have…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Language Arts
McMurrer, Jennifer; Frizzell, Matthew – Center on Education Policy, 2013
The notion of what it means for a student to be "career-ready" is changing as a result of the recent push by the federal and state governments to ensure that all students are prepared for college and careers by the time they graduate from high school. While much attention has been paid to the "college-ready" aspect of college…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Educational Assessment, College Readiness, Job Skills
McMurrer, Jennifer; Yoshioka, Nanami – Center on Education Policy, 2013
On February 9, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan granted 10 states waivers of key accountability requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. One year later, applications for this ESEA flexibility, also known as NCLB waivers, had been approved for an additional 24…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Federal State Relationship
Rentner, Diane Stark – Center on Education Policy, 2013
This report, based on a winter/spring 2013 survey of 40 Common Core State Standards-adopting states, examines state education agency (SEA) officials' views on the federal role in implementing the standards. The report finds that, although a direct federal role in implementing the Common Core State Standards has been controversial, a majority of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, State Departments of Education, Federal Government
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