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Sirinides, Philip; Coffey, Missy – State Education Standard, 2018
Americans share an expectation that government will serve the common good, creating inescapable pressure for public agencies--especially those that serve young children--to perform well. Yet education and human services agencies continually struggle to respond to the complex conditions in which children are born. How can they address the practical…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making, Educational Policy
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Vecchiotti, Sara – State Education Standard, 2018
There is ample opportunity for state boards to improve outcomes for children by strengthening the early care and education workforce and thereby improving the quality of early care and education. Ensuring that ECE professionals have the knowledge, supports, and resources they need to support children's learning is one avenue to improving the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Labor Force, State Boards of Education
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Loewenberg, Aaron – State Education Standard, 2018
Children enter kindergarten with a wide range of previous education experiences: Some have participated in pre-K programs: private, state-funded, or part of Head Start. Others have spent time in a family child care setting or in informal arrangements with family, friends, and neighbors. Regardless, this transition is fraught with stress and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Transitional Programs, Educational Experience, School Readiness
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Barnett, W. Steven; Kasmin, Richard – State Education Standard, 2018
Pre-K is widely acknowledged to be a sound public investment. When their pre-K programs are of high quality, disadvantaged children see particularly large benefits--higher test scores, less need for grade repetition and special education, and increased educational attainment. Yet high-quality programs are in short supply. State boards of education…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Preschool Education, Finance Reform, At Risk Students
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Meléndez, Luisiana; Chamberlain, Patricia – State Education Standard, 2018
Between 2000 and 2010, the foreign born population in Illinois increased by over 200,000, and the number of young dual language learners (DLLs) also grew. By 2015, DLLs were thought to account for more than a quarter of the state's three- and four-year-olds. In addition, more K-12 children in Illinois were being designated as English learners and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English Language Learners, Standardized Tests, Agency Cooperation
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Connors-Tadros, Lori; Gardner, Madelyn – State Education Standard, 2018
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) convened its Task Force on Early Childhood Education in the larger context of educational reform of the 1980s, which was characterized by two competing perspectives. One focused on state-mandated testing and increased graduation requirements, in response to the alarm sounded by the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Social Change, Economic Impact
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Wood-Garnett, Stephanie; Greene-Bryant, Betty – State Education Standard, 2018
Not much that state boards of education will undertake is harder than transforming low-performing high schools. Yet what they do is pivotal. State board members should keep 10 key principles in mind when they are working to transform low-performing high schools. These 10 key principles are presented in this article: (1) The school is the unit of…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Turnaround, State Boards of Education, Educational Principles
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Skandera, Hanna – State Education Standard, 2018
As anyone would readily agree, no child should be trapped in a persistently failing school. When the author was appointed New Mexico's secretary of education in 2011, she committed to never settle for failure and never stop pursuing equity and opportunity for all students. Many of New Mexico's students live in poverty or are students of color and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Choice, Principals, Instructional Leadership
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Garza, Roxanne; Tooley, Melissa – State Education Standard, 2018
School leadership is a key factor in school turnarounds. The general prescription for what school leaders should do tends to be this: Set high expectations for staff and students and give strong instructional supports. Most school systems recognize how tall an order this is, given everything else the principal job entails. Even principals who are…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Models
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Champagne, Erica; Therriault, Susan Bowles – State Education Standard, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are deeply committed to ensuring that every student in the state has access to a high-quality education, and they have combined this commitment with an openness to innovation. After just one year of School…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, School Turnaround
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Slavin, Robert E. – State Education Standard, 2018
What matters most in education is what teachers do in the classroom to enhance student achievement. For this reason, state and district leaders must take steps to ensure that principals and teachers have effective textbooks, software, professional development, and programs. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) moves away from the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice
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McCauley, Carlas – State Education Standard, 2018
To support systemic thinking about school improvement, the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd developed a framework to assist states, districts, and schools in leading and managing rapid improvement efforts. The framework, which is presented in this article, has four domains that have proved central to rapid, significant improvement: (1)…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Educational Improvement, School Turnaround, Leadership Effectiveness
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Smith, Nelson; Wright, Brandon L. – State Education Standard, 2018
Turning around low-performing schools is hard. Strategies financed by federal dollars have shown disappointing results, and states have avoided fundamental reforms even as they hired specialists and retrained school staff. State leaders can adopt or adapt three approaches already in use if they want to go beyond cosmetic remedies for troubled…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, Federal Legislation
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Girtz, Suzann; Salina, Chuck; Eppinga, Joanie – State Education Standard, 2018
Sunnyside High School in Washington State, a school of more than 1,600 students, had a graduation rate below 50 percent in 2010. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) had repeatedly identified Sunnyside as a low-performing school--that is, in the bottom 5 percent of the state's high schools and therefore qualifying for…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Turnaround, Graduation Rate, Leadership Effectiveness
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Reidt-Parker, Judy; Wallen, Margie – State Education Standard, 2018
Current federal, state, and local policy and levels of investment in young children are not keeping pace with available information about brain development and what children need to become healthy, productive adults. The funding structures for early childhood are insufficient, and the reporting requirements are outdated. One of the most…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Early Childhood Education, Financial Support, Child Development
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