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Jones, Stephanie; Bailey, Rebecca; Kahn, Jennifer – State Education Standard, 2019
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to the process through which individuals learn and apply social, emotional, behavioral, and character skills required to succeed in schooling, the workplace, relationships, and citizenship. In public discussion of SEL, not everyone can quite agree on what it is. To some, it involves a set of tools for…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Citizenship Education, Behavior
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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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Northern, Amber M.; Petrilli, Michael J. – State Education Standard, 2019
The 2018 reauthorization of the Perkins Act--the principal federal program supporting career and technical education (CTE)--expressly aims to "align workforce skills with labor market needs." But it does little to define or operationalize such alignment. Likewise, the Foundation for Excellence in Education admonishes states to phase out…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Alignment (Education), Labor Market, Demand Occupations
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Kaufman, Julia H.; Opfer, V. Darleen – State Education Standard, 2019
Current state standards set an ambitious vision for English language arts (ELA) and demand much of teachers: They are expected to engage students in close readings of complex, grade-level texts, which in turn requires students to comprehend texts, follow authors' development of ideas, interpret words and phrases, and analyze structure. Yet most…
Descriptors: State Standards, Language Arts, English Instruction, Alignment (Education)
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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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Reidt-Parker, Judy; Wallen, Margie – State Education Standard, 2018
Current federal, state, and local policy and levels of investment in young children are not keeping pace with available information about brain development and what children need to become healthy, productive adults. The funding structures for early childhood are insufficient, and the reporting requirements are outdated. One of the most…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Early Childhood Education, Financial Support, Child Development
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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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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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Smithson, John – State Education Standard, 2017
A standards-based model of reform has dominated public education for 30 years. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it will continue to dominate education policy. Is that model working? State boards of education share an intrinsic interest in this question. While there are many ways to investigate it, one approach that shows promise treats…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Models, Educational Change, Public Education
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Smith, Malbert, III; Williamson, Gary L. – State Education Standard, 2016
Although debate about the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been extensive, there is unanimity on the importance of college and career readiness standards. If statewide assessments are not aligned to the workplace and college requirements of reading and comprehending more complex text, then states will keep…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, College Readiness
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Forgione, Pascal D., Jr. – State Education Standard, 2012
Teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members must be vigilant. The race is on to ready their schools for more rigorous standards that demand new kinds of teaching and computer-based testing. They have two years to complete the necessary professional development, upgrade and expand their technology infrastructure, and prepare…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Partnerships in Education
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Conley, David – State Education Standard, 2012
The Common Core State Standards and the attendant assessments being developed by state consortia create a tremendous opportunity and simultaneous challenge for state boards of education. Many of the issues apply to all boards, even those in states that have not adopted the standards or assessments. Boards will need to think carefully about the…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Core Curriculum, Alignment (Education), State Standards
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Kendall, John; Ryan, Susan – State Education Standard, 2012
By agreement, states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) accept them as representing 85 percent of the total number of the standards in a subject area, meaning states have the option to identify as much as 15 percent in additional standards. Those that elect to add standards may find opportunities and hazards at each…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Stakeholders
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State Education Standard, 2012
On June 24, 2010, the Virginia Board of Education unanimously adopted a statement expressing its continuing commitment to Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) and opposition to making participation in federal grant and entitlement programs contingent on word-for-word adoption of the newly developed Common Core State Standards in reading and…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education)