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Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley – State Education Standard, 2017
The authors, Kahlenberg and Potter, investigate the changed role of charter schools and how state boards can assist in the return to the original vision. When jumpstarted in the late 1980s, the charter movement vision was for teachers to experiment with innovative approaches to educating students. The charters would be educational laboratories…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, State Boards of Education, Organizational Change, Institutional Mission
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Hull, Robert; Long, Don – State Education Standard, 2017
While much about the direction of federal education policy and regulation is murky, one thing remains clear. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed the torch of educational leadership back to the states, giving them a broad range of authority they have not exercised for decades. What exactly does this shift mean for state boards of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Educational Administration
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Anthony, Douglas W.; Shetley, Pamela R. – State Education Standard, 2017
With its 208 schools, 130,000 students, and 19,000 employees, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) in Maryland is one of the country's largest school districts. Serving a high-poverty student population from urban, suburban, and rural communities, the district requires leadership that can enable its learners to combat the conditions of…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Educational Improvement
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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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Chattergoon, Rajendra; Marion, Scott – State Education Standard, 2016
Many states and school districts are rethinking how they do educational assessment. A few are going further: attempting to build "balanced," "comprehensive," or "next-generation" assessment systems. At the same time, practitioners and researchers have long mulled the purposes and parts such systems should have. But…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Systems Development, Design Requirements, Best Practices
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Pellegrino, James W. – State Education Standard, 2016
What we choose to assess in science is what will end up being the focus of instruction. US science standards once treated content and inquiry as fairly separate strands of science learning, with content standards stating what students should know and inquiry standards stating what they should be able to do. In its content coverage, these standards…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Tests, Guidelines, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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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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Peske, Heather; Losee, Liz; Comb, Meagan – State Education Standard, 2015
One of the core priorities of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), articulated in its most recent strategic plan, focuses on educator capacity. In 2012, BESE passed new program approval standards for educator preparation programs across the state. The standards ushered in new expectations for the 80 sponsoring…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Board of Education Policy, Educational Policy
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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
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Shriver, Timothy P. – State Education Standard, 2013
Education experts and political leaders frequently agree that in spite of many changes, American schools continue to remain in need of reforms that will expand the circle of opportunity for all children. Few such leaders, however, recognize young people themselves as a critical leadership constituency in effecting the needed reforms. Special…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Change, Student Leadership, Student Empowerment
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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