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Wednesday, November 16 • 3:40pm - 4:45pm
GSS Session 13 - The Influence of Legislation and State Education Policies

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Participants: Controlled School Choice: A Review of Policy Implementation Literature Wesley Edwards, University of Texas - Austin Increasing levels of school segregation has disturbing implications for the future of student achievement. Controlled school choice (CSC) is a school selection policy with the goal of allowing parents choice in what school their child will attend while also managing the composition of schools in a district, based on various desired demographic factors. This literature review seeks to better understand this policy, providing practical information to districts leaders and policy makers considering CSC. How State Education Agencies Are Administering School Turnaround: 15 Years After No Child Left Behind (GSS) Bryan A. VanGronigen, University of Virginia School turnaround—the rapid improvement of student achievement in low-performing schools—is increasingly a major topic of interest in K-12 public education. Yet, policymakers have divergent views about how to realize turnaround. Federal legislation, especially ESSA, has left varying degrees of school improvement-related responsibilities up to states. This study captures the complexity state education agencies (SEAs) face when administering turnaround and how a majority of SEAs do not lead efforts, but contract with external providers. The Impact of Michigan's P.A. 277: Evidence from NAEP Thomas Drake, Michigan State University In 2011, Michigan Public Act 277 was passed into law. Public Act 277 of 2011 lifted Michigan’s previous cap on the number of charter schools. The government presented this bill as providing the opportunity of choice to families in failing school districts (Chubb & Moe, 1990; Friedman, 1962; State of Michigan, 2011). To study the impact of Public Act 277 of 2011, this paper will use data form the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Toward Understanding School Choice Policies and Practices Through the Interplay of Structure, Culture, and Agency Amanda U. Potterton, Arizona State University Market-based school choice policies and practices are rapidly expanding throughout the country, and an increase in charter schools and Education Management Organizations (Miron & Gulosino, 2013) raises new questions about public education’s future. I suggest that the multi-directional interplay of structure, culture, and agency (Datnow, Hubbard, & Mehan, 2002) is a helpful theoretical framework for understanding how school choice policies and practices are constructed as parents and other stakeholders navigate schooling in an education market. Facilitator: Andrea K. Rorrer, University of Utah


Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:40pm - 4:45pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Duluth B

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