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Togneri, Wendy – State Education Standard, 2003
A study of five high-poverty districts making strides in improving student achievement revealed that these districts focused on systemwide strategies including new approaches to professional development; making decisions based on data, not instinct; and redefining leadership roles. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Data Analysis, Economic Factors
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Blank, Martin J.; Shah, Bela P. – State Education Standard, 2003
Summarizes data from evaluations of 20 community-school initiatives that demonstrate their impact on outcomes that directly affect student learning. Collective results show that community schools improve student learning; promote family engagement with students and schools; function more effectively; and add vitality to communities. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Public Schools
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Bainbridge, William L.; Lasley, Thomas J., II; Sundre, Steven M. – State Education Standard, 2003
Options (busing, magnet schools, vouchers, and charters) proffered to make urban public schools more effective have met with political debate and mixed success. Suggests 14 basic policy initiatives that have sufficient use and research support to create genuine opportunities for student success. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education
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Harmon, Hobart L. – State Education Standard, 2003
Describes characteristics of the "ideal" rural teacher and highlights the significant issues associated with recruiting and retaining such teachers in rural schools. Claims that new ideas and approaches will be necessary if small rural schools, often located in very isolated and poor areas, are to attract qualified teachers. (Contains 34…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Labor Turnover
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Kysilko, David – State Education Standard, 2003
The impetus for more school closures lies in declining school enrollments in many rural areas and promises of cost efficiency, more academic options for students, and higher test scores. The latter benefits remain a matter of debate. Busing is controversial result of school consolidation, both in terms of expense and time. Rural school advocates…
Descriptors: Busing, Consolidated Schools, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education
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Claycomb, Carla; Haynes, Mariana – State Education Standard, 2003
Based on the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) recent report, this article provides the foundation for state accountability systems that focus on improvement. Contains NASBE's proposed Public Policy Position on Low Performing Schools. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Disadvantaged Schools, Economic Factors
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Brady, Ronald C. – State Education Standard, 2003
Reveals some of the lessons learned from state and local efforts to transform low-performing schools. Summarizes and analyzes the state and local intervention experience based on a review of efforts undertaken in 22 states since 1989. Classifies these interventions in terms of their intrusiveness: mild, moderate, and strong. (Contains 12…
Descriptors: Accountability, Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention
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Canavan, Robert – State Education Standard, 2003
Cites the daunting need for school construction and repair funds. Explains how the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds and the America's Better Classrooms Act allow certain schools to finance the renovating and/or equipping of school facilities on an interest-free basis through the allocation of federal tax credits. Tables list the state…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
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Tompkins, Rachel B. – State Education Standard, 2003
Research reports from multiple studies in dozens of states have shown there are advantages to learning in small schools. To take advantage of the assets of rural schools and small-town survival, new state policy directions will be necessary in finance, facilities, teacher pay, preparation, and professional and curriculum development. (Contains 10…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education
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Bennett, Randy Elliot – State Education Standard, 2002
This article discusses some of the advantages of computer-based testing and highlights efforts by several states and organizations to introduce electronic assessment. It also describes the challenges policymakers face in planning and implementing such an initiative and details the steps they can take to pursue this type of testing. As electronic…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Large Scale Assessment
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Reed, Suellen – State Education Standard, 2000
The increased use of large-scale assessments to measure student achievement and school performance based on defined standards has had a profound impact on state board of education members and other state policymakers. Almost any decision that involves applying standards will, at some point, be unpopular. Everyone seems to be in favor of standards,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Large Scale Assessment, State Programs, State Standards
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Claycomb, Carla; Kysilko, David – State Education Standard, 2000
Nearly every state is engaged in standards-based reform, as seen by the development of statewide academic goals and guidelines in core subjects and the subsequent new state tests that will measure students' progress toward achieving these goals. A Study Group on Statewide Assessment Systems formed by the National Association of State Boards of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Large Scale Assessment, State Programs