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English language learner teacher effectiveness and the Common Core
Tammy Johnson, Lorra Wells
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and teacher effectiveness are among the most contentious issues in education today. With an increase in English language learners (ELLs) and the rigorous requirements imposed by the CCSS, teachers are left unprepared and ELLs struggle to stay afloat. Using California as a case study, this research synthesis outlines the current problem, which includes the...

Investigating student exposure to competency-based education
Sarah Ryan, Joshua D. Cox
In recent years, most U.S. states have revised policy by providing schools at least some flexibility to move away from the Carnegie unit system, with its focus on credits and “seat time,” toward competency-based policies that link student advancement to mastery of content. Yet, there is little systematically collected information about how competency-based education is implemented, making it...

Exploring school choice and the consequences for student racial segregation within Pennsylvania’s charter school transfers
Erica Frankenberg, Stephen Kotok, Kai Schafft, Bryan Mann
Using individual-level student data from Pennsylvania, this study explores the extent to which charter school racial composition may be an important factor in students’ self-segregative school choices. Findings indicate that, holding distance and enrollment constant, Black and Latino students are strongly averse to moving to charter schools with higher percentages of White students....

“We felt they took the heart out of the community”: Examining a community-based response to urban school closure
Terrance Green
Massive school closures are occurring in urban school districts across the United States. Research suggests that school closures are the outcome of racialized neoliberal policies and decades of disinvestment that have left many urban districts with fiscal deficits and declining student enrollments. However, some urban communities have successfully organized against school closures and reopened...

The procrastination influence on academic performance and the moderating role of personal sense of power
Elder Semprebon, Hugo Dias Amaro, Ilse Maria Beuren
This study aims to verify the procrastination influence on undergraduate students’ academic performance, regarding the sense of power as a moderator variable. A descriptive research was carried out from a survey sample of 469 students registered in Accounting Sciences, Economic Sciences, Administration, Marketing and Tourism courses, enrolled in a private undergraduate institution. The data...

A comparative perspective on public policies for education: Studies on Brazil-Spain
Donaldo Bello de Souza, Neusa Chaves Batista
New directions have been rising in Comparative Education as a result of a steep process of social and epistemological changes that progressively confirm their own value in the face of a greater analytical distance regarding the context, object and issues relating to a particular reality or problem. Aiming at discussing the comparative perspective in Public Policies for Education, this study...

State and institutional policies on in-state resident tuition and financial aid for undocumented students: Examining constraints and opportunities
Gabriel R. Serna, Joshua M. Cohen, David H. K. Nguyen
In this article, we examine policies related to in-state resident tuition and state financial aid policies aimed at undocumented students. To help frame the discussion and spark further debate and research in this area the article seeks to do three things. First, it provides a comprehensive review of state and institutional in-state tuition policies aimed at undocumented students as well as...

Equity and efficiency of Minnesota educational expenditures with a focus on English learners, 2003-2011: A retrospective look in a time of accountability
Nicola A. Alexander, Sung Tae Jang
Policymakers and practitioners often must balance distributing resources equitably and efficiently while being accountable for high student achievement. This paper focuses on these concepts as they relate to English learners and examines equity and efficiency in Minnesota’s educational funding from 2003 through 2011, the years spanning implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act and...

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