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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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Miles, Karen Hawley; Katz, Nicole – State Education Standard, 2018
Quality teachers are one of the most important factors in student achievement. Yet since the recession, the real value of teacher salaries (adjusted for inflation) has decreased in the majority of states. At the heart of the teacher salary issue are growing funding inequities among the states. Some states may need to invest more in education to…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Salaries, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation
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Roza, Marguerite – State Education Standard, 2018
When school-level expenditure data are made public beginning with the 2018-19 school year, many in the system will be caught off guard. District and school leaders are largely unprepared to engage on the issues that the new data will raise, including equity, spending trade-offs, and the link between money and school outcomes. This article…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Resource Allocation, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Education
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Rebell, Michael A. – State Education Standard, 2018
Lawsuits challenging state methods for funding public schools have been launched in 46 of the 50 states, and in recent years they have been extraordinarily successful. Since 1989, plaintiffs have prevailed in over 65 percent of the final liability decisions in cases based on "adequacy claims"--assertions that all students have a…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, State Aid, Educational Finance, Public Schools
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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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Sibilia, Rebecca – State Education Standard, 2018
In an environment of increasingly diverse classrooms and evolving pedagogical techniques, it becomes increasingly difficult for teachers and administrators to know how to best support students, especially those with high needs. At the state level, education funding policies have been forced into similar renovation, impelled by everything from…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Student Needs, Educational Equity (Finance), Expenditure per Student
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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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Lake, Robin J. – State Education Standard, 2017
Charter schools and school districts have been at odds since the first charter school law passed in 1991. Districts resent the competition and subsequent funding loss for traditional schools. Charters resent the lack of access to facilities and other resources and attempts to infringe on their autonomy. Yet a fast-growing number of school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Districts, Cooperative Planning, Equal Education
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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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