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Tuttle, Lynn – State Education Standard, 2020
In its four years of life, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has blazed new pathways for policy and funding in K-12 arts education. Many states acted early to take advantage of these federal opportunities to expand students' access to the arts. Through its definitional language, suggested actions, and funding mechanisms, ESSA provides states…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Art Education
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VanderBrug, Jonathan – State Education Standard, 2020
Recognizing the essential value of the arts, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) included the arts as an indicator of school quality and student success in the state's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which the U.S. Department of Education approved in August 2017. The indicator currently has no weight in Illinois's accountability…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, State Policy
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Wan, Yinmei; Ludwig, Meredith; Boyle, Andrea; Lindsay, Jim – State Education Standard, 2020
State boards of education rely on educators and researchers for evidence about the value of approaches in arts education--as in all other disciplines-- to help them weigh needs against the investment and the opportunities for good outcomes for all students and their communities. Yet there is only a modest body of rigorous research to inform…
Descriptors: Art Education, Integrated Activities, Educational Research, Research Needs
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Darling-Hammond, Linda; DePaoli, Jennifer – State Education Standard, 2020
For much of the last two decades, the narrowed focus on raising test scores under No Child Left Behind left important aspects of education untended. Since 2016, when the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) enabled a more comprehensive look at accountability, state leaders have heard growing demands for a whole-child approach that emphasizes…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Ross, Randy; Brown, Philip; Biagas, Kori Hamilton – State Education Standard, 2020
The authors believe it is time to expand the term school climate to reflect an intention of giving all children access to positive school environments. Their expanded definition recognizes that equitable school climates are central to education equity, and it calls on educators and policymakers to deepen awareness of race, ethnicity, gender,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Equal Education, Culturally Relevant Education, School Community Relationship
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Osher, David; Neiman, Sam; Williamson, Sandra – State Education Standard, 2020
When done reliably and efficiently, measuring school climate can help improve schools' vital signs and help state boards of education realize their goals and objectives for the system as a whole. Moreover, because it is as consequential to schools as checking heart rates and blood pressure are to humans, schools should always use climate measures…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Data Collection, Surveys, School Safety
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Perry, Alex – State Education Standard, 2019
Following the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century (Perkins V) in the summer of 2018, state education leaders are crafting four-year plans to implement the law, which are due to the U.S. Department of Education next spring. They ought to take full advantage of the flexibilities Perkins V has to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Vocational Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Planning
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Wise, Rachel; Blomstedt, Matt; Foor, Ryan – State Education Standard, 2019
When the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) began rethinking Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Nebraska in the early 2000s, it first developed the Nebraska Career Education Model to provide a framework for career awareness and for structuring CTE courses and programs. The model defined six major career fields: agriculture, food, and…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Career Education, Models, Career Planning
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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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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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Amerikaner, Ary – State Education Standard, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives state leaders two new tools for promoting resource equity: school-level spending data and resource allocation reviews. To make the requirement for school-level spending data meaningful, board members should ask their state education agency three questions about how they plan to calculate and report the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Smarick, Andy – State Education Standard, 2017
The charter school model differs fundamentally from the district-based model of public education delivery that is still dominant in every state. Instead of creating government bodies that directly operate all of an area's public schools, the state approves entities that authorize and oversee schools run by nonprofit organizations. In this article,…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Adoption (Ideas), Models, Public Education
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – State Education Standard, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives state boards of education a tremendous opportunity to revamp education policy. The federal government will have dramatically reduced influence over issues related to standards and accountability systems. States will have increased freedom to revise state standards and assessment systems, change the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Success
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Hirsh, Stephanie – State Education Standard, 2017
Parents, educators, advocates, and state policymakers alike want excellence in teaching and learning every day for every educator and student. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states renewed authority as well as leverage to make this vision a reality. The role of state boards of education in this process cannot be underestimated. State…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, State Boards of Education, Educational Objectives
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Mitchel, Ashley LiBetti; Aldeman, Chad – State Education Standard, 2017
In early 2017, Congress rescinded two education regulations passed late in the Obama administration. The first regulation, which attempted to define and implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), received most of attention since states were busy planning how to implement the new law in the 2017-2018 school year. However the second regulation…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Change, Accountability, Educational Legislation
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