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Branscome, Kenley – ICF International, 2016
Recent changes to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) require a state's child care market price survey to: (1) be statistically valid and reliable and (2) reflect variations in the cost of child care services by geographic area, type of provider, and age of child. States may use an alternative methodology for setting payment rates--such as…
Descriptors: Child Care, Costs, Surveys, Marketing
ICF International, 2010
"Race to the Top"(RTT) asks that states "design and implement rigorous, transparent, and fair evaluation systems for teachers and principals that differentiate effectiveness using multiple rating categories that take into account data on student growth…as a significant factor." In its definition of student growth, RTT makes the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs
Howley, Caitlin – ICF International (NJ1), 2012
This white paper by ICF International's Caitlin Howley discusses commonalities and differences among various understandings of readiness and highlights conceptualizations of readiness for change in selected change models. How leaders can use such theories to best to prepare their organizations--and the people enlivening them--for new ways of…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Readiness, Change Strategies, Organizational Change
ICF International (NJ1), 2012
Early education leaders--inside and outside of government--are looking for new ways to improve quality, accountability, and efficiency across many different programs serving young children and their families, and they see investment in data systems as a pivotal part of that effort. However, it can be challenging to develop and implement effective…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Systems Development, Management Information Systems, Data
ICF International (NJ1), 2012
Graduating high school students must be adequately prepared to enter post-secondary training or employment, without the need for remediation, in order to take their places as independent adults and informed citizens. College and career readiness has taken the forefront of national and state education policy. ICF's information brief on college and…
Descriptors: Career Development, High School Students, School Readiness, College Preparation
Marchesi, Antonio G.; Cook, Kimberly – ICF International (NJ1), 2012
ICF International's white paper explores how implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) has the potential to prepare students for workforce success and positively influence student engagement and academic performance while reducing dropout rates. Self-improvement and leadership development sections of bookstores are replete with texts…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Dropout Rate, Emotional Development
Nebbergall, Allison – ICF International (NJ1), 2012
As technology increasingly transforms our daily lives, educators too are seeking strategies and resources that leverage technology to improve student learning. Research demonstrates that high-quality professional development, digital standards-based content, and personalized learning plans can increase student achievement, engagement, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Educational Technology, Thinking Skills, Learning
Howley, Caitlin; Hambrick, Kimberly – ICF International (NJ1), 2011
Building on recent research, ICF sought to explore how socioeconomic status and attachment to place influence rural youths' educational and residential preferences across a wider geographic region. Our research questions included: What are rural high school students' educational and residential plans? And what factors influence rural youths' plans…
Descriptors: High Schools, Second Language Learning, Geographic Regions, Rural Areas
Porowski, Allan; Fernandez, Felix; Decker, Sarah; Basta, Kelle; Gdula, Julie – ICF International (NJ1), 2009
School dropout is a widespread and serious problem in the United States, with enormous consequences for students who choose its path. While recent federal efforts related to dropout prevention measure the extent of the problem, this white paper explores ICF's recommendations to solve it. And while there is no "magic bullet" with regard…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Youth, Educational Policy
Eaton, Elizabeth; Sisson, Wendy – ICF International (NJ1), 2008
The first year of teaching is a "make or break" time. Approximately 30 percent of all beginning teachers either move to a different school or leave teaching at the end of their first year. This paper proposes four action steps for beginning-teacher induction and mentoring programs with the potential to not only keep teachers in the classroom, but…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Orientation, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence
Aviles, Jill; Murphy, Reeva – ICF International (NJ1), 2008
An estimated 2.5 million professionals are responsible for the care and education of more than 50 percent of U.S. children ages 0-5. The potential growth and development of children in this critical stage are greatly influenced by the quality of care and education they receive from these early childhood professionals. Unfortunately, the current…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, Young Children, Preschool Children