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Ryan, Sarah; Cox, Joshua D. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Many states are moving away from approaches that base student advancement on credits and "seat time" toward competency-based learning approaches that provide schools with the flexibility to link a student's advancement to mastery of content. Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, in partnership with the Northeast…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Student Surveys, Student Experience, High School Students
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Shakman, Karen; Zweig, Jacqueline; Bocala, Candice; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie; Bailey, Jessica – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Policymakers and researchers increasingly recommend aligning educator evaluations and professional development to improve instruction and student learning. However, few empirical studies have examined the relationship between new educator evaluation systems and the professional development in which teachers engage following their evaluation. This…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie; Bocala, Candice; Bailey, Jessica – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Recent changes in the policy environment have led states and districts in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast & Islands Region to increase the rigor of their teacher evaluation systems by including more frequent observations or student test score data. States and districts nationwide began reforming their evaluation systems as…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Satisfaction, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
The goal of the English Language Learners Research Alliance (ELLA) is to collaborate with states, districts, and schools on the use of data to identify and understand the diversity of their English Language Learner (ELL) population along a range of demographic factors, such as educational background, cultural and linguistic characteristics,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Agenda Setting, Research Needs, Student Characteristics
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Meyers, Coby V.; Wan, Yinmei – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands conducted this study using data on public high schools in Puerto Rico from national and territory databases to compare methods for identifying beating-the-odds schools. Schools were identified by two methods, a status method that ranked high-poverty schools based on their current observed…
Descriptors: High Schools, Public Schools, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods
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Lavigne, Heather J.; Shakman, Karen; Zweig, Jacqueline; Greller, Sara L. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
This study describes how principals reported spending their time and what professional development they reported participating in, based on data collected through the Schools and Staffing Survey by the National Center for Education Statistics during the 2011/12 school year. The study analyzes schools by grade level, poverty level, and within…
Descriptors: Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Professional Development
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Irwin, Clare W.; Madura, John P.; Bamat, David; McDermott, Paul A. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Measuring classroom quality and ensuring high-quality learning experiences for young children are interests of the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance, a research alliance of Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands. This study, conducted in collaboration with the alliance, addresses these interests by examining multiple…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Classification
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Shields, Katherine A.; Cook, Kyle DeMeo; Greller, Sara – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
As a growing number of states require kindergarten entry assessments, more state and district administrators are becoming interested in how their peers use these assessments around the country. Given this interest, state administrators participating in Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands Early Childhood Education Research…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Public Schools, Correlation
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Shields, Katherine A.; Cook, Kyle DeMeo; Greller, Sara – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
This "Stated Briefly" report is a companion piece that summarizes the results of another report of the same name. Child development research on the importance of early experiences for later life outcomes has underscored the need for effective early childhood education. With the aim of providing high-quality education, many kindergarten…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Public Schools, Correlation
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Kieffer, Michael J.; Parker, Caroline E. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
With the rapid growth in the number of English learner students served by schools in the United States, educators are increasingly concerned with how these students progress toward proficiency in English. The large and diverse English learner student population in New York City public schools, where more than 41 percent of students speak a…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Classification, Public Schools, Kindergarten
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Bailey, Jessica; Bocala, Candice; Shakman, Karen; Zweig, Jacqueline – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
Nationwide, the prevalence of new educator evaluation systems has increased since the inception of federal initiatives such as the Race to the Top grant competition. Yet limited empirical research examines teacher demographic characteristics and their relationship to teacher evaluation outcomes, such as teacher evaluation ratings. Previous…
Descriptors: Demography, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation, Urban Schools
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Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie; Bocala, Candice; Bailey, Jessica – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
This study examined the relationship between teachers' perceptions of school professional climate and their satisfaction with the process for evaluating their performance. It used the responses of a nationally representative sample of teachers to examine whether teachers' satisfaction with the evaluation process was associated with two measures of…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Satisfaction, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
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Shakman, Karen; Bocala, Candice; Bailey, Jessica; Zweig, Jacqueline; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2016
This brief describes findings from a study of teachers who were rated less than proficient on one or more standards on a large urban district's newly developed educator evaluation system. Evaluators prescribed professional development activities, such as courses, workshops, coaching, and mentoring, and professional practice activities, such as the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Shakman, Karen; Rodriguez, Sheila M. – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2015
The Logic Model Workshop Toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn the purpose of logic models, the different elements of a logic model, and the appropriate steps for developing and using a logic model for program evaluation. Topics covered in the sessions include an overview of logic models, the elements of a logic model, an introduction to…
Descriptors: Models, Logical Thinking, Workshops, Program Design
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Clements, Margaret; Pazzaglia, Angela M.; Zweig, Jacqueline – Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 2015
As in most states, New York does not currently have a state-level protocol for collecting data about schools' objectives or methods for offering online courses. The goals of the study conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands' Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance (NRDRA) were (1) to create a survey tool capable…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Surveys, Barriers
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