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Martin, Michael – Hunt Institute, 2015
Assessments matter in education. Testing is nothing new; tests have been around as long as school itself. However, over the last 15 years, state assessments have grown to be an increasingly central, and often controversial, part of schooling. As states raise their standards, it is more important than ever to ask: What is a high-quality assessment?…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Standards, Academic Standards
Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Among international competitors, the U.S. is an economic leader but trails in many aspects of teacher preparation, investment, and continuous improvement. To change this situation requires a multi-part and comprehensive strategy. The good news is that examples of encouraging reforms exist in many places, and strong evidence shows that these…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Teacher Competencies, Educational Quality
Jackson, Stephen; Remer, Casey – Hunt Institute, 2014
Improving teacher preparation is critical to long-term improvement in teacher quality. More than 200,000 new teachers enter classrooms each year. Increasing student enrollment, the retirement of baby boom generation teachers, and high attrition in their first five years (between 40 and 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession) have…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness
White, April D., Ed. – James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, 2008
The previous issue of "Blueprint" reported significant variability among state standards for education. Such variability means that depending where a student attends school, he might not cover the same material in a course called Algebra I, or Algebra II, or Grade 4, or Grade 6. Many citizens and leaders understand that having a single set of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Quality, Standard Setting