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Wood-Garnett, Stephanie; Greene-Bryant, Betty – State Education Standard, 2018
Not much that state boards of education will undertake is harder than transforming low-performing high schools. Yet what they do is pivotal. State board members should keep 10 key principles in mind when they are working to transform low-performing high schools. These 10 key principles are presented in this article: (1) The school is the unit of…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Turnaround, State Boards of Education, Educational Principles
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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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Boyd, Sandra – State Education Standard, 2017
Over the past two decades, college and career readiness became a priority in K-12 education. While graduation rates have been rising, far too many high school graduates are not ready to succeed in college or a job. Employers note that freshly-minted employees too often need additional training to perform their roles, many are ineligible for…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement
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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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Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei – State Education Standard, 2016
High-quality civic education not only prepares children for the most basic civic participation--voting and understanding how powers are divided--but also helps them acquire broader skills, such as deliberating with fellow citizens to make difficult decisions that affect their communities, advocating for themselves and others on matters of public…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Citizenship Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Martinez, Monica; McGrath, Dennis – State Education Standard, 2015
Learners of all types can see achievement gains when schools remake themselves as centers of deeper learning. This article highlights eight schools that may be pointing the way to how the nation can finally close the gaps for Latino and black students in beginning and finishing college degrees: (1) King Middle School (Portland, Maine); (2)…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Achievement Gap, Educational Attainment, Achievement Gains
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Rothman, Robert – State Education Standard, 2012
On June 2, 2010, a group of educators and public officials met at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia, to unveil something new: a set of standards for English language arts and mathematics intended to be common for all states. These standards were meant to replace the standards states had developed on their own over the past two…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Public Officials, Language Arts
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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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Killion, Joellen; Hirsh, Stephanie – State Education Standard, 2012
Implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), now adopted in a large majority of states, requires significant support. To realize the potential of these new college- and career-ready standards, states must focus significant attention on how to prepare educators for implementation. Key among the strategies is high-quality, sustained…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Change, State Boards of Education, Board of Education Role
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Thurlow, Martha L.; Quenemoen, Rachel F. – State Education Standard, 2012
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent an unparalleled opportunity for students with disabilities. But this opportunity will be realized only if states, districts, and schools approach the implementation of these standards with forethought and careful planning, particularly for students with disabilities. The CCSS were developed for all…
Descriptors: Disabilities, State Standards, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Coleman, David; Pimentel, Susan; Zimba, Jason – State Education Standard, 2012
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through an unprecedented, state-led initiative that drew on the expertise of teachers, parents, administrators, researchers and content experts from across the country. The Standards define a staircase to college and career readiness, building on the best of previous state standards in English…
Descriptors: State Standards, Evidence, Expertise, Academic Standards
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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