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Houston, Derek A. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2018
This study examines the relationships between school funding and students' college preparation, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary degree attainment, adding to the literature on how money matters in education. The author addresses how past school funding levels among Illinois public high schools may have been associated with students'…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Educational Change
Anderson, Drew M.; Holt, Janet K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
Most students finish high school with low levels of financial knowledge, yet they are months away from important decisions about how to finance college. Students may not know about family finances, even though parental income is a key determinant of financial aid for college. This study measures the financial knowledge of high school students by…
Descriptors: High School Students, Parents, Family Income, Knowledge Level
Bernoteit, Stephanie A.; Holt, Janet K.; Kirchhoff, Amber – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
The early childhood educator workforce has widely ranging credentials and degrees, qualifications and compensation, typically varying by setting. Yet, there is a national call for aligning and strengthening requirements for preparation of the early childhood workforce to ensure that young children thrive and reach their potential at each stage in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs
White, Bradford R.; Colaninno, Carol E.; Doll, Mimi; Lewandowski, Holly – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
This evaluation reviews efforts made by Illinois Action for Children (IAFC), with guidance from the Illinois Governor's Office for Early Childhood Development, to spur experimentation with new systemic change strategies to increase the number of children from priority populations--those considered to be the most vulnerable, with multiple risk…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Early Childhood Education, Educational Innovation
White, Bradford R.; Colaninno, Carol E.; Doll, Mimi; Lewandowski, Holly – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
This report is an evaluation of efforts made by Illinois Action for Children (IAFC), with oversight from the Illinois Governor's Office for Early Childhood Development (OECD), to test, support, and facilitate innovations in the early childhood system in 11 communities across the state. The Early Childhood Innovation Zones (IZ) initiative, funded…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Early Childhood Education, Educational Innovation
White, Bradford R.; Colaninno, Carol E.; Doll, Mimi; Lewandowski, Holly – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
The Early Childhood Innovation Zones initiative was established by Illinois Action for Children (IAFC), with guidance from the Illinois Governor's Office for Early Childhood Development. Funded by a Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge grant, this initiative supported capacity building efforts for organizations working with young children in…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Early Childhood Education, Educational Innovation
Holt, Janet K.; White, Bradford R.; Terrell, Sarah K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
In 2016, a higher education task force of St. Louis Graduates (STLG), a collaborative network whose mission is to increase degree completion for low income students, first-generation students, and students of color from St. Louis, commissioned this study from the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC). Through discussion, the following goals…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, At Risk Students, Low Income Groups, First Generation College Students
Holt, Janet K.; White, Bradford R.; Terrell, Sarah K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
The higher education landscape is becoming increasingly more adverse for students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students. Postsecondary enrollment and completion rates for traditionally underrepresented populations continue to be disproportionately lower than for their more advantaged peers (Chen & Carroll, 2005; Nunez…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, At Risk Students, Low Income Groups, First Generation College Students
Holt, Janet K.; White, Bradford R.; Terrell, Sarah K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
In 2016, a higher education task force of St. Louis Graduates (STLG), a collaborative network whose mission is to increase degree completion for low income students, first-generation students, and students of color from St. Louis, commissioned this study from the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC). Through discussion, the following goals…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, At Risk Students, Low Income Groups, First Generation College Students
Jones, Sosanya M. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
This multi-case study examines the Performance funding (PF) policies in four Midwestern states to explore how PF metrics and weights address racial diversity in higher education. Performance funding policies in Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Minnesota were examined using both document analysis and semi-structured interviews with state level actors…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Racial Differences, Racial Factors, Merit Pay
Holt, Janet K.; Duffy, Daniel Q. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) sought to identify those institutions helping students overcome barriers to college completion and achieve a livable wage. This analysis of Illinois 4-year postsecondary institutions highlights those institutions which fostered degree completion and job success with less debt for underrepresented…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Colleges
Holt, Janet K.; Duffy, Daniel Q. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2017
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) sought to identify those institutions helping students overcome barriers to college completion and achieve a livable wage. This analysis of Illinois 4-year postsecondary institutions highlights those institutions which fostered degree completion and job success with less debt for underrepresented…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Colleges
White, Bradford R. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2016
Charter schools are publicly-funded educational entities that operate independently from local school districts and are exempt from certain state and local requirements, particularly with regard to teacher personnel policy. In exchange for this flexibility, charter schools are held more accountable for results and may be shut down if they fail to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Human Resources, Accountability, Competition
White, Bradford R.; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Hart, Holly; Klostermann, Brenda K.; Huynh, Michelle Hanh; Frazier-Meyers, Mary; Holt, Janet K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2016
In 2010, Illinois policymakers sought to advance statewide school improvement by strengthening school leadership. Illinois became one of the first states to legislatively require a complete redesign of all its principal preparation programs with the goal of ensuring future principals would be "highly effective in leadership roles" and…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Educational Change, College School Cooperation
White, Bradford R.; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Hart, Holly; Huynh, Michelle Hanh; Klostermann, Brenda K.; Holt, Janet K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2016
In 2010, Illinois became one of the first states to legislatively require a complete redesign of all its principal preparation programs, with the goal of advancing statewide school improvement through strengthening school leadership. This effort was ambitious and sweeping, calling for radical shifts in previous practice, including: (1) A targeted…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Educational Change, College School Cooperation
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