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Teacher job satisfaction by principal support and teacher cooperation: Results from the Schools and Staffing Survey
Amanda Olsen, Francis Huang
Although turnover rates are alarmingly high for early career and veteran teachers, turnover rates are even higher for those who identify as a teacher of color. To increase the retention of teachers, job satisfaction has become an important construct to analyze. Teacher cooperation and principal support within the school are two influential factors that directly relate to job satisfaction....

The school principal in Argentina: A key (yet) invisible actor. A study on regulations, work conditions and professional development of school principals in public schools
Claudia Romero, Gabriela Krichesky
School leadership is strategic for educational policy. Specialized research has produced, over the last decade, strong evidence regarding the centrality of school leadership in improving teaching and achieving good learning outcomes, and is defined as the “second most important school related factor”. However, in Latin America in general and Argentina in particular, this contrasts with the...

Legislating education policy and equity at the ballot box: A descriptive analysis of the prevalence and content of education ballot initiatives over time
Amy N. Farley
Political scientists have long studied the use of direct democratic ballot initiatives—proposed directly by citizens and put before a statewide vote—as currently allowed in 24 U.S. states. Despite the application of ballot initiatives to legislate education policy, however, education scholars have not yet adequately investigated this phenomenon within American public education. In a...

Effects of New Hampshire’s innovative assessment and accountability system on student achievement outcomes after three years
Carla M. Evans
New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) pilot received a waiver from federal statutory requirements related to state annual achievement testing starting in the 2014-15 school year. PACE is considered an “innovative” assessment and accountability system because performance assessments are used to help determine student proficiency in most federally required grades...

Complexity and scale in teaching effectiveness research: Reflections from the MET Study
Bryant Jensen, Tanner LeBaron Wallace, Matthew P. Steinberg, Rachael E. Gabriel, Leslie Dietiker, Dennis S. Davis, Benjamin Kelcey, Elizabeth Covay Minor, Peter Halpin, Ning Rui
Researchers and policymakers in the US and beyond increasingly seek to identify teaching qualities that are associated with academic achievement gains for K-12 students through effectiveness studies. Yet teaching quality varies with academic content and social contexts, involves multiple participants, and requires a range of skills, knowledge, and dispositions. In this essay, we address the...

Socioeconomic school segregation as a dimension of educational exclusion: Fifteen years of evolution in Latin America
Natalia Krüger
The massification of Latin American educational systems leads to a reconsideration of the concept of educational inclusion/exclusion since, partly, social disadvantages have been transferred inside the school, configuring situations of unequal inclusion. Considering three main dimensions of educational inclusion – access, learning and integration/segregation – this paper focuses on the latter,...

State-level autonomy in the era of accountability: A comparative analysis of Virginia and Nebraska education policy through No Child Left Behind
Ryan Richard Ruff
Following the 1983 A Nation at Risk report and culminating in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), states designed and implemented accountability policies to evaluate student achievement. External assessments of these policies identified substantial variability in the level of stakes associated with each system. This paper presents a comparative analysis of accountability policy prior to and during...

Convivencia escolar policies in Latin America: Four perspectives for comprehension and action
Macarena Morales, Verónica López
Many Latin American countries have enacted policies related to convivencia escolar , where we can see different emphasis in its conceptualization. It is important to study the diversity of understandings and purposes of the policies, because there are different strategies and interventions that arise from them. In this study we analized the approaches of convivencia escolar , conducting a...

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