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Passing the California High School Exit Exam: Have Recent Policies Improved Student Performance?

Public Policy Institute of California
June 2012

This report evaluates the effectiveness of three support services in helping struggling students pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).

Funder(s): Donald Bren Foundation

Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Existing Public Investments in Early Childhood Education

Center for American Progress
Cooper, Donna; Kristina Costa
June 2012

Proposes ten reforms to maximize the impact of Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grants, and other existing funding streams, including working with states to align standards, improving provider quality, and enhancing data collection and reporting.

Funder(s): Irving Harris Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Dropped? Latino Education and Arizona's Economic Future

Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University
Hart, Bill; C.J. Eisenbarth Hager
May 2012

Describes persistent barriers to educational opportunities and the achievement gap Latinos face; implications for incomes, health insurance coverage, and the economy; and strategies for improving the educational system and Latino educational attainment.

Funder(s): Helios Education Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Getting Better at Teacher Preparation and State Accountability

Center for American Progress
Crowe, Edward
December 2011

Profiles the goals, activities, implementation, and challenges of the twelve states that won Race to the Top federal funds to improve teacher quality and preparation program accountability; analyzes their strategies; and makes policy recommendations.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Roadmap for Next-Generation Accountability Systems

Council of Chief State School Officers
June 2011

Offers a framework for designing and implementing state accountability systems that enable consistent, aligned goals to ensure college- and career-readiness; valid measurement, support, and interventions; transparent reporting; and continuous improvement.

Funder(s): Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in LAUSD

National Council on Teacher Quality
June 2011

Examines how Los Angeles Unified School District and state policies on teacher assignment, evaluations, tenure, compensation, and work schedule facilitate or hinder improvements in quality. Lists recommendations, including removing seniority preference.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Meaningful Measurement: The Role of Assessments in Improving High School Education in the Twenty-First Century

Alliance for Excellent Education
Pinkus, L. M., Ed.
June 2009

Compiles analyses and policy recommendations on developing common standards and assessments, supporting timely use of data to inform decisions and to improve teaching and learning, and investing in research to prepare students for the global economy.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Every Student Counts: The Role of Federal Policy in Improving Graduation Rate Accountability

Alliance for Excellent Education
Richmond, Eric
March 2009

Describes 2008 federal policy to improve high school graduation rates by enhancing data collection, calculation of graduation rates, and accountability as a way to support interventions in low-performing schools. Makes state policy recommendations.

Funder(s): AT&T Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders: New Directions and New Processes

Wallace Foundation
March 2009

Describes the state of school leadership assessment, outlines elements of a new direction in assessment that focuses more emphasis on a principal's ability to drive better learning, and highlights newly developed tools that apply those elements.

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation

Beyond the Bubble: Technology and the Future of Student Assessment

Education Sector
Tucker, Bill
February 2009

Provides an overview of information technology's potential to enable better assessments of student achievement. Outlines promising models for testing complex skills, cognition, and learning and for utilizing such assessments to improve instruction.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Framework for a Comprehensive Education Data System in California: Unlocking the Power of Data to Continually Improve Public Education

California Department of Education
December 2008

Recommends ways to improve student achievement by using data to drive decision-making, sharing best practices, encouraging innovation, and supporting improvement through professional development. Details how to expand and enhance current data systems.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Making State Accountability Count: How New Mexico Supports Principals With Data Tools

Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at University of Washington
Feemster, Ron
October 2008

Describes how the state is transforming assessment test data into a more useful, timely tool to help school leaders set policy and shape instruction and how the resulting data-rich environment is changing the culture of accountability in school districts.

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation

Value-Added Modeling: The Challenge of Measuring Educational Outcomes

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Stewart, Barbara Elizabeth

Provides an overview of value-added modeling, a method of measuring the effectiveness of teachers and schools by tracking student test scores at the beginning and end of the year. Outlines its history, merits, uses for teacher education, and challenges.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

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