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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
Rentner, Diane Stark – Center on Education Policy, 2013
With the voluntary Common Core State Standards (CCSS), states have sought to establish clear, high expectations that are consistent across participating states and that signal what K-12 students should learn in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) to be prepared for college and careers. As of July 2013, the CCSS have been adopted by 45…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Mathematics Instruction
Lewis, Anne – Center on Education Policy, 2012
During hearings in the late 1980s on education legislation, the frustrated chairman of the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Gus Hawkins (D-CA), would sometimes lean over to his chief counsel and ask: "Why can't these people agree on the facts? If they did that, we could solve these problems quickly." That…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Role of Education, Information Centers, Organizations (Groups)
Usher, Alexandra; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2012
This summary report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) pulls together findings from a wide array of studies on student motivation by scholars in a range of disciplines, as well as lessons from programs around the country intended to increase motivation. It is intended to start a conversation about the importance of motivation and the policies…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Student Motivation, Change Strategies, Educational Change
Usher, Alexandra; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2012
This is the fourth in a series of six papers from the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. This paper examines findings from research about the impact of various family background and cultural factors on student motivation, as well as the role of parental beliefs, attitudes, and actions in fostering…
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Learning Motivation
Usher, Alexandra; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2012
This is the third in a series of six papers by the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. This paper examines various programs that use test performance or postsecondary attendance as motivational goals and the effects of these goals on students. How do policies surrounding assessments and college…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Learning Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation
Usher, Alexandra – Center on Education Policy, 2012
This is the fifth in a series of six papers from the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. While past papers in this series have examined broad strategies to improve academic motivation that could be implemented across a school, district, or state, this paper focuses specifically on changes within…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, School Organization, Educational Change
Usher, Alexandra; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2012
To understand more about policies and practices that can improve student motivation, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) reviewed research on motivation conducted by scholars in various disciplines, read studies of motivational programs, gathered news articles and blogs about motivational strategies, and used handbooks and other resources…
Descriptors: Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Motivation, Best Practices
Usher, Alexandra; Kober, Nancy – Center on Education Policy, 2012
This is the second in a series of six papers from the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. As noted in the first paper of this series, motivation to learn is one of the most important factors in a student's educational journey, but a robust discussion about students' motivation may be the "missing…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Learning Motivation, Educational Change, Rewards
Usher, Alexandra – Center on Education Policy, 2012
This is the last in a series of six papers by the Center on Education Policy exploring issues related to students' motivation to learn. This paper explores ways in which schools, teachers, and communities are using nontraditional methods to try to motivate students who don't respond to more traditional strategies. The paper focuses on three such…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Teaching Styles, Learning Motivation, Teaching Methods
Center on Education Policy, 2012
This appendix outlines four major dimensions of motivation and how they are defined by major scholars in the field. [For Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform. Summary, which is a summary of the 8 documents that this appendix was created for, see ED532666.] (Contains 4 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Expertise, Student Motivation, Educational Theories, Educational Research
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