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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Hoover, Sharon A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Recognizing the effects of trauma besetting many of their students, many states, districts, and schools are revamping approaches to making schools physically and psychologically safer. Many of the steps to establish safer, more supportive schools are aligned with those needed to create trauma-responsive schools. State boards of education are…
Descriptors: Coping, School Safety, Trauma, Mental Health
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Eitland, Erika; Allen, Joseph – State Education Standard, 2019
Improving the school building may well be the most overlooked means of improving student health, safety, and academic performance. Yet in conversations about factors that lead students to academic success, only rarely does the role of the physical environment come to the fore. By downplaying the importance of the building, policymakers and parents…
Descriptors: School Buildings, Physical Environment, Role, Academic Achievement
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Perry, Alex – State Education Standard, 2019
Following the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century (Perkins V) in the summer of 2018, state education leaders are crafting four-year plans to implement the law, which are due to the U.S. Department of Education next spring. They ought to take full advantage of the flexibilities Perkins V has to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Vocational Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Planning
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Troia, Gary A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Writing is a cornerstone in the K-12 experience. Students write to demonstrate, support, and deepen understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their world--and to succeed on achievement tests in all subjects. Writing proficiency sets students up for postsecondary success and workforce participation. It facilitates their social and civic…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Improvement, Common Core State Standards, Academic Standards
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Meléndez, Luisiana; Chamberlain, Patricia – State Education Standard, 2018
Between 2000 and 2010, the foreign born population in Illinois increased by over 200,000, and the number of young dual language learners (DLLs) also grew. By 2015, DLLs were thought to account for more than a quarter of the state's three- and four-year-olds. In addition, more K-12 children in Illinois were being designated as English learners and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English Language Learners, Standardized Tests, Agency Cooperation
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Skandera, Hanna – State Education Standard, 2018
As anyone would readily agree, no child should be trapped in a persistently failing school. When the author was appointed New Mexico's secretary of education in 2011, she committed to never settle for failure and never stop pursuing equity and opportunity for all students. Many of New Mexico's students live in poverty or are students of color and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Choice, Principals, Instructional Leadership
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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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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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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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Henig, Jeffrey R. – State Education Standard, 2017
In this article, Jeffrey R. Henig states that there is no strong accountability at charter schools without the strong oversight of public officials. When charter schooling first erupted on the scene, policymakers and citizens had little choice but to base their reactions on theory, ideology, or hunch. However twenty-five years in, there is still…
Descriptors: Accountability, Democratic Values, Charter Schools, School Effectiveness
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