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Trujillo, Tina M.; Woulfin, Sarah L. – American Educational Research Journal, 2014
Intermediary organizations increasingly provide support for schools serving marginalized students. Some attribute this trend to growing ideological support for market-based strategies to further the public good. This article investigates one intermediary that marketed equity-oriented instructional goals for schools serving high numbers of students…
Descriptors: Standards, Educational Change, Accountability, Teaching Methods
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Strunk, Katharine O.; McEachin, Andrew – American Educational Research Journal, 2011
The authors examine how the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiated between teachers' unions and districts is associated with schools' and districts' performance under accountability pressures in California. They find that CBA restrictiveness is associated with the increased likelihood that districts will be in Program Improvement (PI)…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Teaching (Occupation), Unions, School Districts
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Brown, Abigail B.; Clift, Jack W. – American Educational Research Journal, 2010
The authors report insights, based on annual site visits to elementary and middle schools in three states from 2004 to 2006, into the incentive effect of the No Child Left Behind Act's requirement that increasing percentages of students make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in every public school. They develop a framework, drawing on the physics…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Middle Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
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Olsen, Brad; Sexton, Dena – American Educational Research Journal, 2009
This article reports on a study of teachers at one reforming high school. Though it is not their task to debate No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the authors locate their investigation inside the current policy context to which NCLB is attached. Specifically, they present their analysis through the organizational behavior lens of threat rigidity to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Herr, Kathryn; Arms, Emily – American Educational Research Journal, 2004
This ethnographic study documents how accountability measures skewed the implementation of gender equity reform at one California public middle school serving low-income students of color. In creating single-sex classes throughout the school, the Single Sex Academy (SSA) became the largest public experiment with single-sex schooling in the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Single Sex Schools, Sex Fairness