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Wang, Elaine Lin; Gates, Susan M.; Herman, Rebecca; Mean, Monica; Perera, Rachel; Tsai, Tiffany; Whipkey, Katie; Andrew, Megan – RAND Corporation, 2018
School principals are charged with complex responsibilities that can include developing a school vision and culture, supporting teacher effectiveness, managing challenges and crises, communicating with the greater community, and more. However, recent research and surveys of school administrators indicate that principal preparation programs do not…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Program Effectiveness
Wang, Elaine Lin; Gates, Susan M.; Herman, Rebecca; Mean, Monica; Perera, Rachel; Tsai, Tiffany; Whipkey, Katie; Andrew, Megan – RAND Corporation, 2018
School principals are charged with complex responsibilities that can include developing a school vision and culture, supporting teacher effectiveness, managing challenges and crises, communicating with the greater community, and more. However, recent research and surveys of school administrators indicate that principal preparation programs do not…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Program Effectiveness
Wrabel, Stephani L.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; Grant, Sean – RAND Corporation, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) emphasizes evidence-based interventions while providing new flexibilities to states and districts with regard to the use of federal funds, including funds that could be used to support social and emotional learning (SEL). This report is a companion to "Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Evidence Based Practice
Kaufman, Julia H.; Cannon, Jill S.; Culbertson, Shelly; Hannan, Margaret; Hamilton, Laura S.; Meyers, Sophie – RAND Corporation, 2018
Louisiana has received recent attention for some of its new education policies and promising early results. In this report, RAND researchers provide an in-depth description of Louisiana's approach to improving student outcomes since 2012. The authors examine how the state has used various policy levers -- including mandates, resource alignment,…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
Schwartz, Heather L.; McCombs, Jennifer Sloan; Augustine, Catherine H.; Leschitz, Jennifer T. – RAND Corporation, 2018
Research shows that during summer, low-income and non-white students fall behind academically compared with their more-affluent and white peers. To understand whether and how district-led voluntary summer learning programs can improve outcomes for low-income students, The Wallace Foundation initiated the National Summer Learning Project in 2011 in…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, At Risk Students, Low Income Students, Minority Group Students
Grant, Sean; Hamilton, Laura S.; Wrabel, Stephani L.; Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie; Leschitz, Jennifer T.; Unlu, Fatih; Chavez-Herrerias, Emilio R.; Baker, Garrett; Barrett, Mark; Harris, Mark; Ramos, Alyssa – RAND Corporation, 2017
The reauthorization of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act, referred to as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), emphasizes evidence-based interventions while giving states and districts new flexibility on the use of federal funds, including funds that could be used to support social and emotional learning (SEL). The authors review…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Evidence Based Practice
Grant, Sean; Hamilton, Laura S.; Wrabel, Stephani L.; Gomez, Celia J.; Whitaker, Anamarie; Leschitz, Jennifer T.; Unlu, Fatih; Chavez-Herrerias, Emilio R.; Baker, Garrett; Barrett, Mark; Harris, Mark; Ramos, Alyssa – RAND Corporation, 2017
Social and emotional competencies are proving critical to students' success in the classroom and in life. Although the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) does not explicitly reference social and emotional learning (SEL), this legislation in fact offers opportunities to support school-based SEL interventions. How is SEL supported by ESSA? Which SEL…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Evidence Based Practice
Herman, Rebecca; Gates, Susan M.; Arifkhanova, Aziza; Barrett, Mark; Bega, Andriy; Chavez-Herrerias, Emilio R.; Han, Eugeniu; Harris, Mark; Migacheva, Katya; Ross, Rachel; Leschitz, Jennifer T.; Wrabel, Stephani L. – RAND Corporation, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents a renewed focus on school leadership and acknowledges the importance of school principals to school improvement and effective instruction (Public Law No. 114-95, 2015). The act allows states and districts to use federal funds for activities targeting the quality of school principals and other school…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Principals, Leadership Responsibility
Daugherty, Lindsay; Herman, Rebecca; Unlu, Fatih – RAND Corporation, 2017
The reauthorization of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act, referred to as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), emphasizes evidence-based initiatives while providing new flexibilities to states and districts with regard to the use of federal funds, including funds to promote effective school leadership. In response, state and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Principals, Leadership Responsibility
Kaufman, Julia H.; Gates, Susan M.; Harvey, Melody; Wang, Yan; Barrett, Mark – RAND Corporation, 2017
States and districts are embarking on efforts to improve school leadership as a lever to promote school improvement. Such efforts have a solid base of research attesting to their effectiveness, and some view them as particularly cost-effective because principals "can be powerful multipliers of effective teaching and leadership practices in…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Personnel Selection, Faculty Development
Li, Jennifer J.; Steele, Jennifer L.; Slater, Robert; Bacon, Michael; Miller, Trey – RAND Corporation, 2016
Dual-language immersion programs--in which students learn core subjects (language arts, math, science, and social studies) in both English and a "partner" language--have been gaining in popularity across the United States. Such programs may use a "two-way model," in which roughly half the students are native speakers of the…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Program Implementation, Urban Schools, Public Schools
Herman, Rebecca; Gates, Susan M.; Chavez-Herrerias, Emilio R.; Harris, Mark – RAND Corporation, 2016
The reauthorization of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act, referred to as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), emphasizes evidence-based initiatives while providing new flexibilities to states and districts with regard to the use of federal funds, including funds to promote effective school leadership. This report describes the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Intervention, Principals
Daugherty, Lindsay; Johnston, William R.; Tsai, Tiffany – RAND Corporation, 2016
Single Stop U.S.A.'s Community College Initiative was designed to improve the well-being of low-income communities by connecting individuals to public benefits and other institutional and community resources to address nonacademic barriers to college completion. Through offices located on community college campuses, Single Stop provides students…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Student Needs, Well Being, Low Income Groups
Rudnick, Mollie – RAND Corporation, 2016
This dissertation looks at the teacher hiring practices in Huntsville City Schools (HCS), Alabama. The research uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer the following questions: 1) What are Huntsville City Schools' (HCSs') current hiring practices?; 2) How well does Huntsville City Schools' existing interview process…
Descriptors: School Districts, Personnel Selection, Interviews, Teacher Effectiveness
Kaufman, Julia H.; Thompson, Lindsey E.; Opfer, V. Darleen – RAND Corporation, 2016
The impetus for this report is new evidence that state department of education work to align instruction with standards may make a difference for teachers' practices and understanding about their state standards. Using data from the RAND American Teacher Panel, the authors found that Louisiana teachers were more likely than other teachers to…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Common Core State Standards, Educational Quality, Accountability
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