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District-Wide Effects on Data Use in the Classroom
Wayman, J. C., Cho, V., Jimerson, J. B., & Spikes, D. D. (2012, August)
Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20 (25)

This research reports on how data are used to improve classroom practice in three school districts, exploring the effects that attitudes toward data, principal leadership, and computer data systems have on classroom practice. Findings indicate that educators are ambivalent about data and face numerous barriers. “It is hypothesized that many of these barriers can be removed through effective district policies to improve structures and supports for using data.”

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Starting Early with English Language Learners: First Lessons from Illinois
Severns, M.( 2012, April)
Washington, DC: New America Foundation

This paper examines Illinois policy and implementation, highlighting the early identification of ELLs, expansion of ELL programs into prekindergarten, and special preparation of preK teachers for working with ELLs. Recommendations for Illinois and other states is given: continue to align ELL programs between preK and early grades; track ELL outcomes over time; and fund such initiatives adequately.


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