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Anderson, Laura; Jarmolowski, Hannah; Roza, Marguerite; Swanson, Jessica – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2022
"Leading Thoughtful Conversations about School-by-School Spending Data" is a product of a federally-funded study to support the US Department of Education and the field more broadly to understand what data visualizations work to fuel thoughtful conversation among district and school leaders on financial strategy and management. This…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Data Interpretation, Visualization
Layland, Allison – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2021
The impact of a year of remote or hybrid learning on students across the nation has been significant. Early research points to the disruptions to in-person learning experienced in school year 2020-21 could result in students losing between 3 and 11 months of learning. Many students have experienced additional trauma during COVID-19 including lack…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Blended Learning, COVID-19, Pandemics
Manian, Nanmathi; Belfield, Wendy; Berger, Christy – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2021
It is critical that states and districts support teachers by addressing their mental health and social and emotional needs, as well as by increasing their capacity to manage and teach students in the aftermath of COVID and its accompanying stressors. In order to create a supportive, trauma-informed classroom, it is imperative that instructors not…
Descriptors: School Districts, Daily Living Skills, Mental Health, Health Needs
Robson, Kelly; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Dual enrollment programs, which allow high school students to earn postsecondary credits through partnerships between secondary and postsecondary institutions, are one of several approaches to enabling students to earn postsecondary credit while in high school. These programs provide high-achieving students with access to more rigorous coursework,…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High School Students, College Credits, College School Cooperation
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
Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
Consistent, reliable data are hard to come by given vastly differing opinions on the role states should play in creating structures, tracking data, and monitoring outcomes on homeschooling. The goal of this brief is to cut through some of this complexity and provide policymakers with an objective resource on homeschooling, including what is known…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy, Parent Attitudes
Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer – National Comprehensive Center at Westat, 2020
In the United States, students are assigned to public schools based on where they live. School districts have set boundaries and students living in the neighborhoods within those boundaries attend the district's schools. The district's boundaries are further delineated into attendance zones, in which particular homes and neighborhoods are assigned…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Open Enrollment, School Choice
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
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
Holdheide, Lynn; Browder, Diane; Warren, Sandra; Buzick, Heather; Jones, Nathan – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2012
With the current emphasis in educational policy on improving teacher effectiveness, states and school districts are quickly developing and implementing new models of teacher evaluation. However, few models address the unique challenges in accurately measuring achievement growth of students with disabilities (including those participating in…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness, Special Education
Goe, Laura; Holdheide, Lynn – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
The growing need for more information about measuring teachers' contributions to student learning growth, particularly in nontested subjects and grades, is the impetus for this Research & Policy Brief. Although the research base in this area is disappointingly limited, the brief includes considerations and suggestions based on current models…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, School Districts
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
Croft, Andrew; Coggshall, Jane G.; Dolan, Megan; Powers, Elizabeth – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
Featured prominently in recent federal education regulations, the term "job-embedded professional development" has come into increasingly common usage for more than a decade, yet rarely is it explicitly defined. But what exactly is job-embedded professional development? What types of teacher learning opportunities count as being job…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Teaching Methods
Imazeki, Jennifer; Goe, Laura – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
States have been working on strategies to address the equitable distribution of teachers for a number of years. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, specifically calls for states to identify and address the inequitable distribution of highly qualified, experienced…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Teacher Distribution
Schumaker, Jean B. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
One way of helping students with learning disabilities and other struggling learners become independent life-long learners is to teach them how to use learning strategies in effective and efficient ways. Learning strategy instruction is instruction in how to learn and perform in academic environments such that positive outcomes result. Teachers…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, Outcomes of Education
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