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Rickman, Dana – State Education Standard, 2016
By combining an overall vision for the use of data, a commitment to protecting student privacy and data integrity, and supportive legislation, Georgia emerged as a leader in the effective use of student data. But it easily could have gone another way. None of the three elements could be taken for granted when Georgia set out to develop its state…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Educational Legislation
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Steinberg, Matthew P. – State Education Standard, 2016
Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 signaled a new era for teacher evaluation reform. Under ESSA, states and districts have greater autonomy to design and implement teacher evaluation systems independent of federal influence. This new flexibility brings with it new responsibilities and challenges for states and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Educational Change, School District Autonomy, Federal Legislation
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McGuinn, Patrick – State Education Standard, 2015
The "Race to the Top" competitive grant program initiated a wave of teacher evaluation reform, which scholars and policymakers have long identified as critical to improving teacher quality and student performance. State boards of education (SBEs) and state education agencies (SEAs) took different approaches to these reforms, and as a…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, State Policy, Case Studies, Program Implementation