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Foley, Catherine – State Education Standard, 2020
While many states, like Arizona, have specific requirements for K-12 arts education either in statute or administrative code, data show serious gaps in policy implementation by schools and school districts. Complicating the situation is the lack of enforcement authority by either the Arizona Department of Education or the gubernatorially appointed…
Descriptors: Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy, State Policy
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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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Harper, Kristen – State Education Standard, 2020
Over the past decade, states and school districts have acted on research findings that the use of out-of-school suspension has run counter to the goals of education equity and achievement. Legislatures, as well as state and local boards of education, worked hard to shift school discipline practices through statutory and regulatory mandates and…
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, Educational Change, State Policy, Prevention
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Duke, Nell K. – State Education Standard, 2019
Reading by third grade is a hot topic. Dozens of state legislatures have passed laws aimed at improving early reading, many of them mandating retention if the job is not done by the end of grade 3. Everyone from philanthropists to publishers, from parents to the press, have fixed on it. And setting aside too many people's assumptions to the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Primary Education, Grade 3
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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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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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Hassel, Bryan C. – State Education Standard, 2017
In this article, Bryan C. Hassel reviews the growing charter school sector and how State Boards of Education (SBEs) and Stated Education Agencies (SEAs) have some degree of responsibility for this growing set of schools. He examines the mixed bag of theories about how to improve public education in the United States and asks why charters? Hassel…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Responsibility, Public Education, Educational Change
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Smith, Nelson – State Education Standard, 2017
Charter schools have thrust state boards of education into new roles. Some directly authorize charters, some do so only on appeal, and some do neither. This article examines a relatively recent addition to this task list: evaluation and oversight of charter authorizers, the entities charged with approving and monitoring charter schools.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, State Boards of Education, Accountability, Board of Education Role
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Henry, Samuel D. – State Education Standard, 2017
The record of charter schools has been a mixed bag. They have become racialized, radicalized into business-generation schemes, scorned by teachers unions, and in some cases rammed down the throats of poorer communities. But charter schools sometimes have spotlighted best practice in urban education. In this article, Samuel D. Henry, a former…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Quality, State Standards, School Policy
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Smith, Ryan; Lowery, Lillian – State Education Standard, 2017
Strong school accountability systems can be a powerful tool for sending a clear message that achievement of all groups of students matters and that to be considered good, a school must serve all groups of students well. But in recent years, many states put in place accountability systems that mask disparities in opportunity and achievement rather…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Federal Legislation
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Pellegrino, James W. – State Education Standard, 2016
What we choose to assess in science is what will end up being the focus of instruction. US science standards once treated content and inquiry as fairly separate strands of science learning, with content standards stating what students should know and inquiry standards stating what they should be able to do. In its content coverage, these standards…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Tests, Guidelines, Elementary Secondary Education
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Vance, Amelia – State Education Standard, 2016
As state boards of education and other state policymakers consider the future of schools, sorting fad technology from technology that accelerates learning is key. Virtual reality (VR) is one such technology with promise that seems unlikely to fizzle. Hailed as potentially transformative for education and still in the early stages of application,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Educational Trends
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Worthen, Maria – State Education Standard, 2016
Personalized learning models can give each student differentiated learning experiences based on their needs, interests, and strengths, including students with disabilities. Personalized learning can pinpoint specific gaps in student learning, identify where a student is on his or her learning pathway, and provide the appropriate interventions to…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Disabilities, Intervention, Student Needs
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Leather, Paul – State Education Standard, 2016
Paul Leather is New Hampshire's deputy commissioner of education. In this article he writes that he believes education policymakers over the past few decades have made two critical decisions that have had deep, deleterious effects on the overall public education system. First, by demanding that each school be evaluated based on a single externally…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, State Policy, Decision Making
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Vance, Amelia – State Education Standard, 2016
Oklahoma's Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act (known as the Student DATA Act) arose just as privacy concerns about student data were beginning to surface. According to Linnette Attai, founder of education technology compliance consultancy PlayWell LLC, "When this climate of data privacy first emerged in its…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Laws
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