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State Education Standard, 2012
This article presents case studies from three districts implementing green cleaning. In 2008, Missouri passed legislation requiring state education officials to convene a committee of stakeholders with the purpose of developing green cleaning guidelines and specifications for schools. The guide, published by the Department of Elementary and…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Sustainable Development, School Maintenance, Sanitation
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Coleman, David; Pimentel, Susan; Zimba, Jason – State Education Standard, 2012
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through an unprecedented, state-led initiative that drew on the expertise of teachers, parents, administrators, researchers and content experts from across the country. The Standards define a staircase to college and career readiness, building on the best of previous state standards in English…
Descriptors: State Standards, Evidence, Expertise, Academic Standards
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Conley, David – State Education Standard, 2012
The Common Core State Standards and the attendant assessments being developed by state consortia create a tremendous opportunity and simultaneous challenge for state boards of education. Many of the issues apply to all boards, even those in states that have not adopted the standards or assessments. Boards will need to think carefully about the…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Core Curriculum, Alignment (Education), State Standards
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Kendall, John; Ryan, Susan – State Education Standard, 2012
By agreement, states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) accept them as representing 85 percent of the total number of the standards in a subject area, meaning states have the option to identify as much as 15 percent in additional standards. Those that elect to add standards may find opportunities and hazards at each…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Stakeholders
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Bumgarner, Kami Burns – State Education Standard, 2012
As the teacher representative on the Mississippi Board of Education, the author often has the opportunity to hear about many educational programs and initiatives during their early stages of development. One particular initiative presented to the state board in 2010 was the Common Core State Standards. After reading and studying the standards, the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Academic Standards, Teacher Attitudes
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State Education Standard, 2012
On June 24, 2010, the Virginia Board of Education unanimously adopted a statement expressing its continuing commitment to Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) and opposition to making participation in federal grant and entitlement programs contingent on word-for-word adoption of the newly developed Common Core State Standards in reading and…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education)
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Gottlieb, Margo – State Education Standard, 2012
In the country's multilingual, multicultural schools, English language learners (ELLs)--students eligible to receive language support to access and achieve grade-level content--are the fastest growing K-12 population. Demographic trends of the past decade indicate a steady rise in the number of English language learners to over five million…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Stakeholders, Educational Quality
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Legters, Nettie; Balfanz, Robert – State Education Standard, 2009
Getting and keeping "all" young people engaged in learning and on track to graduate from high school ready for college and the 21st century workplace is going to require wider, deeper, and more systemic change. Recent policy focus on raising standards for high school graduation and aligning high school curriculum to college entrance requirements…
Descriptors: High Schools, Dropouts, Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention
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Smink, Jay – State Education Standard, 2009
The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) at Clemson University has been at the forefront of identifying model dropout prevention programs and promoting the use of best practices to increase the graduation rates in schools since 1986. The structure for these varied interventions and solutions takes the form of effective strategies, model…
Descriptors: Dropout Programs, Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts
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Smith, Carole; Riddile, Mel; Barnard, Susan – State Education Standard, 2009
In this article, three practitioners--a superintendent, a principal, and a teacher--examine how and why students drop out. The superintendent shares a new strategy to lower dropout rates, the principal discusses what are essential for schools that want to improve the achievement and graduation rates of English language learner (ELL) students, and…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Superintendents, Principals
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Taras, Howard – State Education Standard, 2009
School administrators and teachers are often implicated, when the topic of dropouts and low graduation rates arises, for their alleged failure to make schools effectively engaging for students and their families. However, this may be simplifying a situation that is comprised of many complexities. Even an amply inspiring school program may not…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Chronic Illness
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State Education Standard, 2009
This article discusses how three student populations are faring with graduation rates. These include the following: (1) English language learners (ELLs); (2) students with disabilities; and (3) rural school students. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables and 31 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Graduation Rate, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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State Education Standard, 2009
This article contains a compendium of dropout prevention resources. Resources include organizations, web resources and tools, and reports and studies.
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Educational Resources, Information Sources, Social Support Groups
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Chau, Yen – State Education Standard, 2009
By now people are all too familiar with the disheartening numbers: approximately 7,000 students drop out each day, which means nearly one-third of high school students will not graduate with their peers. The statistics are even more staggering for minority and low-income students, especially in the nation's largest urban districts, where less than…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, State Action, State Programs
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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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