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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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Mathers, Kathleen – State Education Standard, 2019
Significant economic shifts--spurred by rapid technological advancement and the Great Recession--fundamentally altered the path toward economic security and self-sufficiency in the United States, with major consequences for education and work. More states and communities are prioritizing career pathways that start in high school and culminate in a…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Vocational Education, Educational Policy, Accountability
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Hassel, Bryan C. – State Education Standard, 2017
In this article, Bryan C. Hassel reviews the growing charter school sector and how State Boards of Education (SBEs) and Stated Education Agencies (SEAs) have some degree of responsibility for this growing set of schools. He examines the mixed bag of theories about how to improve public education in the United States and asks why charters? Hassel…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Responsibility, Public Education, Educational Change
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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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Smith, Nelson – State Education Standard, 2017
Charter schools have thrust state boards of education into new roles. Some directly authorize charters, some do so only on appeal, and some do neither. This article examines a relatively recent addition to this task list: evaluation and oversight of charter authorizers, the entities charged with approving and monitoring charter schools.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, State Boards of Education, Accountability, Board of Education Role
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Henry, Samuel D. – State Education Standard, 2017
The record of charter schools has been a mixed bag. They have become racialized, radicalized into business-generation schemes, scorned by teachers unions, and in some cases rammed down the throats of poorer communities. But charter schools sometimes have spotlighted best practice in urban education. In this article, Samuel D. Henry, a former…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Quality, State Standards, School Policy
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Atkinson, Diane – State Education Standard, 2017
Over the past 15 months, the Virginia Board of Education has been redesigning its public school students' high school educational experience to better prepare them to participate in the global economy. To lay the groundwork for this redesign, the Profile of a Graduate was developed. The profile in turn grew out of a broader review of Virginia's…
Descriptors: High School Students, High School Graduates, Profiles, Student Characteristics
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – State Education Standard, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives state boards of education a tremendous opportunity to revamp education policy. The federal government will have dramatically reduced influence over issues related to standards and accountability systems. States will have increased freedom to revise state standards and assessment systems, change the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Success
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Mitchel, Ashley LiBetti; Aldeman, Chad – State Education Standard, 2017
In early 2017, Congress rescinded two education regulations passed late in the Obama administration. The first regulation, which attempted to define and implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), received most of attention since states were busy planning how to implement the new law in the 2017-2018 school year. However the second regulation…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Change, Accountability, Educational Legislation
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Mauer, Molly – State Education Standard, 2017
This year's submission of consolidated state plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) revealed two things: New ideas made it to the table, and many people--including those who had not before engaged in education policy conversations--contributed to the process. What is still hazy as the dust settles is whether this…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Administrative Principles
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Worthen, Maria – State Education Standard, 2016
Personalized learning models can give each student differentiated learning experiences based on their needs, interests, and strengths, including students with disabilities. Personalized learning can pinpoint specific gaps in student learning, identify where a student is on his or her learning pathway, and provide the appropriate interventions to…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Disabilities, Intervention, Student Needs
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Shum, Brenda – State Education Standard, 2016
Data plays a starring role in promoting educational equity, and data-driven decision making begins with good state policies. With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a proposed federal rule to address racial disproportionality in special education, states will shoulder increased responsibility for eliminating…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Data, Information Utilization, Educational Improvement
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Rothman, Robert – State Education Standard, 2016
For more than a decade, states have evaluated school performance largely through a single measure--test scores--and rated schools on whether they improved students' performance in reading or math. The idea was to focus schools' attention on the outcomes that mattered most and to focus states' attention on the schools that needed the most help in…
Descriptors: Accountability, Outcome Measures, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment
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Leather, Paul – State Education Standard, 2016
Paul Leather is New Hampshire's deputy commissioner of education. In this article he writes that he believes education policymakers over the past few decades have made two critical decisions that have had deep, deleterious effects on the overall public education system. First, by demanding that each school be evaluated based on a single externally…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, State Policy, Decision Making
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