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Hatton, Holly; Howard, Lionel C.; Tekleselassie, Abebayehu A. – Planning and Changing, 2017
Programming for students is a primary task of building principals that has increased in intricacy as the role of accountability in education has evolved. Despite this, little research exists which examines how principals program for students in light of social, community, and policy influences. Research which reflects upon the lived experiences of…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Principals, Influences, Elementary Schools
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Glowacki, Heather; Hackmann, Donald G. – Planning and Changing, 2016
This study examined perceptions of Illinois public elementary school principals regarding the effectiveness of their school districts' evaluation systems for special education teachers in promoting professional development and job performance accountability. Using an online questionnaire, 330 of the state's 1,551 elementary principals responded to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Principals
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Vogel, Linda R.; Weiler, Spencer; Armenta, Anthony – Planning and Changing, 2014
Various state and national forces are influencing principal preparation programs, including competition from online for-profit institutions, teacher evaluation, school accountability, equity, and Response to Intervention mandates that require university-based leadership preparation programs to re-examine and revise program delivery and content.…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Competition, Teacher Evaluation
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Munoz, Marco A.; Prather, Joseph R.; Stronge, James H. – Planning and Changing, 2011
Teacher effectiveness and evaluation using student growth measures is a popular reform strategy in education. Teachers can make a difference in student academic growth, but a question that begs an answer is how to go about measuring this impact. This study examines models of teacher effectiveness and the development of hierarchical linear models…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Elementary Education, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
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Pepper, Kaye – Planning and Changing, 2010
The focus of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on accountability created a high stakes educational environment. Although accountability is an important goal, guidance on how schools go about building the capacity to effectively accomplish the goals set in NCLB was not part of the legislation. This article supports the premise that a skillful balance of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Instructional Leadership
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Lawton, Stephen B. – Planning and Changing, 2009
The purpose of this synthesis of the literature on charter school effectiveness is to develop a research agenda on the topic and to propose action that will lead to improved performance of charter schools. To accomplish these goals, background information is first provided including: a definition of charter schools; statistics on charter schools;…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Effective Schools Research, Definitions, Statistical Data
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Enomoto, Ernestine K.; Conley, Sharon – Planning and Changing, 2007
Schools employ educational technology to comply with pressures for greater accountability and efficiency in conducting operations. Specifically, schools use "management information systems" designed to automate data collection of student attendance, grades, test scores, and so on. These management information systems (MIS) employed…
Descriptors: Attendance, Management Information Systems, Educational Technology, Accountability
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Tubin, Dorit; Klein, Sarit – Planning and Changing, 2007
Over the past few years, as part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) reform on the one hand, and the increased demands for school accountability on the other, more and more schools have launched a school website aimed at enhancing educational activities, supporting student-teacher communication, contributing to school marketing…
Descriptors: School Organization, Web Sites, Internet, Content Analysis
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Greenlee, Bobbie J. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The increasing use of school advisory councils for budgetary decision making is an obvious trend in new patterns of school governance. As decision makers, council members are lobbied by groups and individuals desiring funding for their particular interests. Problems that need attention are judiciously considered as competing interests vie for…
Descriptors: Interests, Governance, Accountability, Organizational Development
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Harris, Sandra; Irons, E. Jane; Crawford, Carolyn – Planning and Changing, 2006
Accountability and assessment are critical components to the success of schools today. As leaders of school districts, superintendents in Texas and across the nation are faced daily with meeting this challenge. While doing so, they must remember that their priority commitment is not to testing programs, but to helping children achieve.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Program Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Testing Programs
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Lin, Zeng; Gardner, Dianne – Planning and Changing, 2006
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the usefulness of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), for the comparative analysis of alumni teachers. This article shows how SASS can be used as an evaluative tool by any institution that wants to appraise its alumni in comparison to those of its parallel institutions for the purposes of…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Teacher Effectiveness, Benchmarking, Alumni
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Moore, Alan D.; Dexter, Robin R.; Berube, William G.; Beck, Craig H. – Planning and Changing, 2005
Moore reviewed the literature on accountability and assessment in order to design a questionnaire to survey superintendents across Wyoming on their existing and needed knowledge about student assessment. Results on the presence or absence of gaps in knowledge that is deemed important by respondents and/or the literature can be used by colleges and…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Certification, Educational Assessment, Questionnaires
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Prestine, Nona A. – Planning and Changing, 2005
Alignment means that in order to improve student achievement and learning, school districts need to have clear standards of attainment with which their curriculum and accountability measures must align. At the state level, this notion of alignment or coherence refers to the state-developed policies that comprise its accountability system. In the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Change
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Jones, Brett D.; Egley, Robert J. – Planning and Changing, 2004
Testing and accountability programs can lead to some positive changes towards student performance. Here, Jones and Egley explore on whether Florida administrators thought that there was anything that could be done to improve the country's testing program in order to reduce or eliminate the types of concerns raised in George's study by conducting a…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Testing, High Stakes Tests, Accountability
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Fusarelli, Bonnie C.; Fusarelli, Lance D. – Planning and Changing, 2003
In this article, the authors explore whether educational systems have the institutional capacity to implement comprehensive, systemic reform, as envisioned in legislation such as No Child Left Behind. Drawing upon evidence from various state-level reform initiatives, the authors highlight the ways in which systemic reform appears to positively…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Standards
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