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Chiang, Eva; Wicks, Anne – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2021
Educators, policymakers, philanthropists, and others have worked for decades to improve education by implementing new policies and practices to better serve students. But the desired improvement has been elusive -- more sporadic (and anecdotal) than systemic. Success can be difficult to sustain, and what works in one school may not work on the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Leadership
Wicks, Anne – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2021
State standardized exams help parents, educators, and policymakers understand which students are on track -- and who is falling behind -- so that the adults can intervene to meet the needs of all students. This information is more crucial than ever given that COVID-19 upended traditional schooling. This report's recommendations for federal and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Testing, State Programs
Kuzmich, Holly – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2021
Despite warnings that the school schedule that has been around for more than 100 years is not optimal for serving students' needs, little has changed. The needs of kids and families look very different today than they did 50 years ago. One-size-fits-all prescriptions do not meet the needs of a diverse student population. Rethinking the school…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, School Schedules, Community Needs
Wicks, Anne; Taylor-Raymond, Justine – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2021
Determining whether a state's young people are on track for a life with opportunity is a critical -- but diffcult -- task for governors and state leaders. States can be both awash in data and unable to easily access and use that data to inform policy. State longitudinal data systems that meaningfully connect workforce, higher education, K-12, and…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Data Analysis, Learning Analytics, Longitudinal Studies
Wicks, Anne; Chiang, Eva Myrick – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2021
Federal and state governments -- as well as philanthropists and foundations -- are being called upon to invest millions of dollars in the public-school system to help schools and districts navigate the impact of the pandemic on student success. The challenges facing education leaders are immense and complex. The learning loss for students is…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, COVID-19, Pandemics
Ikemoto, Gina – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2021
The George W. Bush Institute's School Leadership Initiative (SLI) District Cohort Research Project is a five-year effort with four school districts to test two frameworks--Principal Talent Management (PTM) and Effective Implementation. This collaboration is designed to improve how districts prepare, recruit, support, and retain principals. This…
Descriptors: Principals, School Districts, Work Environment, Central Office Administrators
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2020
Talented leaders are essential to building and sustaining successful organizations. This is especially true for schools, where principal leadership plays a major role in fostering student success. Research shows that principals are a significant school-level factor affecting student achievement, second only to classroom teachers. Like other types…
Descriptors: Principals, Talent Development, Work Environment, Recruitment
Wicks, Anne; Chiang, Eva M.; Taylor-Raymond, Justine – George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2019
The framework describes how to manage complex changes to practice and policy. Research-based initiatives should drive what happens in classrooms and schools. However, new education initiatives tend to fade away mid-year or that they have mixed results. Commonly the "what" -- the new program or initiative -- is where leaders solely put…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Program Implementation, Educational Change, Stakeholders
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2018
Each school year, approximately 6.8 million students miss at least 15 days of school, putting their academic success at risk and making them chronically absent as defined by the federal government. This report provides case studies that detail specific ways cities are leading efforts to get students to school each day. Case studies for the…
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Truancy, Educational Change
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2017
The George W. Bush Institute began the Middle School Matters (MSM) initiative in 2010 with the goal of increasing the number of students who are prepared for high school and postsecondary success. The initiative accomplishes this by drawing upon evidence-based research to develop practical tools and engaging support opportunities for middle grade…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Readiness, College Readiness
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2017
Success in math is important to all students; it provides them with college and career options in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In the middle grades, students build upon the critical skills taught in elementary school and prepare for entry into algebra, which is considered a gateway to later achievement in school…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Middle School Students, Mathematics Skills
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2016
Research on school leadership shows that principals can significantly impact student achievement by influencing classroom instruction, organizational conditions, community support and setting the teaching and learning conditions in schools. Moreover, strong principals provide a multiplier effect that enables improvement initiatives to succeed. The…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Barriers, Program Evaluation
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2016
When an effective principal is at the helm of a school, students benefit. Principals play a critical role in establishing a school's climate and culture and in selecting and developing teachers, among other roles. Indeed, school leadership is second only to direct classroom teaching among school-level influences on achievement. Although there may…
Descriptors: Principals, Graduate Surveys, Administrator Effectiveness, School Administration
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2016
Research on school leadership has highlighted the impact principals have on student achievement through their influence on classroom instruction, organizational conditions, community support, and setting the teaching and learning conditions in schools. However, there is limited rigorous quantitative research on the best district policies and…
Descriptors: Principals, School Districts, School Statistics, Data
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative, 2016
Talented leaders are essential to building and sustaining successful organizations. This is especially true for schools, where principal leadership plays a major role in fostering student success. Research shows that principals are a significant school-level factor affecting student achievement, second only to classroom teachers. Like other types…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Role, Administrator Effectiveness, School Districts
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