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Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center, 2020
For nearly three decades, charter schools have provided families with a public school alternative to traditional district schools, but they have not been without controversy. Charter schools often come under fire for "privatizing" education, for "creaming" the best students, or for taking money from district schools. The…
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, School Districts, State Policy
Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Today, nearly all states either offer or allow digital learning in some form, with instruction provided by a variety of providers. This instruction typically takes one of three forms: (1) Full-time virtual schools: Students take their entire course load online via an independent, charter, or district-sponsored program; (2) Blended learning models:…
Descriptors: School Choice, Electronic Learning, Virtual Schools, Enrollment
Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Private school choice programs are frequently mired in political and legal controversy. Two primary factors fuel this controversy. First, these programs trace their roots to the 1960s in the height of school desegregation. Tuition-grant laws came forth across the South during this period, enabling White families to access public funds to pay…
Descriptors: School Choice, Private Schools, Educational History, School Desegregation
Corbett, Julie; Donley, Jan; Feldman, Jill; Layland, Allison; Wilson, Melly – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all aspects of lives, including how to teach students. It is clear that the K-12 education system as it was known has changed. The pandemic has stressed each level of the education system: the state education agency (SEA), regional education agencies (REA), local education agencies (LEA), tribal education…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, School Closing
Goe, Laura; Biggers, Kietha; Croft, Andrew – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2012
Recently, teacher evaluation has become a major focus in educational policy debates and research efforts. This increased attention to teacher evaluation has raised questions about the relationship between evaluation and student outcomes. Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain (2005) and others have demonstrated with value-added research that there are…
Descriptors: Evidence, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Accountability
Clifford, Matthew; Hansen, Ulcca Joshni; Wraight, Sara – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2012
Across the country, states and districts are designing principal evaluation systems as a means of improving leadership, learning, and school performance. Principal evaluation systems hold potential for supporting leaders' learning and sense of accountability for instructional excellence and student performance. Principal evaluation is also an…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Coggshall, Jane G.; Bivona, Lauren; Reschly, Daniel J. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2012
To meet the new and more rigorous college- and career-ready standards for student learning, all of today's students must have access to effective teaching--every day and in every classroom. As teachers and their school leaders are increasingly held accountable for implementing consistently effective teaching, calls for holding the programs that…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability, Program Effectiveness, Stakeholders
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2012
This brief describes a new wave of state legislation, which emphasizes individual principal accountability as part of a broader educator talent-management strategy. The brief provides a snapshot of new state-level policy on principal evaluation and describes reasons for policy change as represented in state policy language and trends in policy…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness, School Personnel, State Legislation
Goe, Laura; Holdheide, Lynn; Miller, Tricia – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
Across the nation, states and districts are in the process of building better teacher evaluation systems that not only identify highly effective teachers but also systematically provide data and feedback that can be used to improve teacher practice. "A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems" is a tool…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Effectiveness, Evaluators, Teacher Evaluation
Potemski, Amy – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
According to Section 2141(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), local education agencies (LEAs) that fail to meet annual measurable objectives and make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for three consecutive years must enter into an agreement with the state education agency…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, School Districts
Steiner, Lucy – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality asked Public Impact to conduct a study exploring the change processes in the creation and implementation of teacher evaluation systems. This TQ Research & Policy Brief provides an overview of Public Impact's preliminary findings as they relate to the impetus for change and the political and…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Accountability, Educational Change
Coggshall, Jane G.; Stewart, Judy K.; Bhatt, Monica – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
The central goals of federal education policy are to achieve equity of educational opportunity and proficiency in educational outcomes for all students--regardless of gender, ethnicity, income, language of origin, disability, or geography. The means to achieve these goals rely in part on the ability of states and districts to provide every student…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Objectives, Focus Groups