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Hoachlander, Gary – Learning Policy Institute, 2021
The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) conducted research in New Mexico to provide state leaders and stakeholders a research perspective on the challenges facing education and to identify evidence- based ways that state policy can address them. This report complements the main report, "Improving Education the New Mexico Way: An Evidence-Based…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Vocational Education, Secondary Education
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Oakes, Jeannie; Espinoza, Daniel – Learning Policy Institute, 2021
For more than a year, the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) conducted research in New Mexico, including interviews, site visits, document review, and new analyses of data provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). The purpose of the study was to provide New Mexico leaders a research perspective on the challenges facing education…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Evidence Based Practice, State Policy, Educational Policy
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Ondrasek, Naomi; Truong, Natalie; Edgerton, Adam K. – Learning Policy Institute, 2021
Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020, districts across the nation have faced the difficult task of reopening schools safely and keeping them open as community infection rates have risen and fallen. It is useful to learn from the efforts of counties and districts that have been able to reopen schools--and keep them open safely--using…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, School Schedules
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Berry, Barnett; Bastian, Kevin C.; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Kini, Tara – Learning Policy Institute, 2021
This brief draws on a study of teacher working conditions and their relationship to teacher retention and school performance in North Carolina. It is part of a series of studies conducted by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI)--in collaboration with WestEd and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University--as…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Teacher Persistence, Equal Education, Academic Achievement
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Levin, Stephanie; Scott, Caitlin; Yang, Man; Leung, Melanie; Bradley, Kathryn – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Research shows that school functioning and student achievement often suffer when effective principals leave their schools and that principal retention is related to the conditions they experience in five areas: working conditions, compensation, accountability, decision-making authority, and professional learning. A recent NASSP-LPI study examined…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Attitudes, Persistence
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Levin, Stephanie; Scott, Caitlin; Yang, Man; Leung, Melanie; Bradley, Kathryn – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Strong and stable school leadership is critical for success in schools across the nation. The duties of the principal are many and varied. Principals, for example, can oversee instruction, purchase curricular materials and supplies, and provide professional learning and supports for teachers. Carrying out these duties effectively makes a…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Attitudes, Persistence
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Cookson, Peter W., Jr. – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Accurately measuring the family incomes of students is essential to allocating school resources that meet the educational needs of all students, particularly the needs of students from low-income families. With the onset of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, the need to accurately assess the financial condition of families who are suffering…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Socioeconomic Status, Economically Disadvantaged, Low Income Groups
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Fine, Michelle; Pryiomka, Karyna – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Since 2015, the City University of New York (CUNY), serving over 250,000 students through 25 two- and four-year colleges, and high schools in the New York Standards Performance Consortium (the Consortium), which use performance-based assessments to assess student progress, have collaborated to add authentic evidence of student learning to the…
Descriptors: College Readiness, College Students, High School Students, Consortia
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Cardichon, Jessica; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Yang, Man; Scott, Caitlin; Shields, Patrick M.; Burns, Dion – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Decades of research show that fully certified and experienced teachers matter for student achievement. Yet, providing all students with equitable access to such teachers has long been a struggle in U.S. schools. This report analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's two most recent years of the biannual Civil Rights Data Collection…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Equal Education, Experienced Teachers, Teacher Certification
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Melnick, Hanna; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
As the United States considers reopening schools after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers and administrators need to consider how to reopen in a way that keeps students and staff safe. This brief provides insight into health and safety guidelines and social distancing strategies used in other countries that have successfully…
Descriptors: Disease Control, School Closing, School Safety, Educational Environment
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Maier, Anna; Klevan, Sarah; Ondrasek, Naomi – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Community schools are an evidence-based strategy to advance a "whole child" approach to education by offering integrated student supports (e.g., health care or housing assistance), expanded and enriched learning time, family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership and practices. This brief examines how local government and…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Holistic Approach, Student Needs, Family Involvement
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Levin, Stephanie; Leung, Melanie; Edgerton, Adam K.; Scott, Caitlin – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
High-quality professional learning can build principals' capacity to lead successful schools. This brief summarizes a study about principals' professional learning based on a national survey of elementary school principals. Many surveyed principals reported that they had access to professional development that has been identified as important for…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Principals, Management Development, Capacity Building
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Levin, Stephanie; Leung, Melanie; Edgerton, Adam K.; Scott, Caitlin – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
School principals are essential for ensuring that students have access to strong educational opportunities. They shape a vision of academic success for all students; create a climate hospitable to education; cultivate leadership in others so that teachers and other adults feel empowered to realize their schools' visions; guide instructional…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Principals, Management Development, Capacity Building
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Carver-Thomas, Desiree; Kini, Tara; Burns, Dion – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
Teacher shortages that most severely affect schools serving the least advantaged children have been part of the California education landscape for the last half decade. This brief describes how key teacher supply and demand factors vary across the state, and it provides potential policy solutions to mitigate ongoing shortages. The brief also…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Shortage, Educational Policy, COVID-19
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Carver-Thomas, Desiree; Kini, Tara; Burns, Dion – Learning Policy Institute, 2020
When California students returned to school in fall 2019, hundreds of thousands returned to classrooms staffed by substitutes and teachers who were not fully prepared to teach. In recent years, California has experienced widespread shortages of elementary and secondary teachers as districts and schools seek to restore class sizes and course…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Shortage, Educational Policy, COVID-19
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