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The Condition of Education 2013

National Center for Education Statistics
Aud, Susan; Kristapovich, Paul; Rathbun, Amy; Wang, Xiaolei; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Zhang, Jijun
June 2013

Presents 42 indicators of developments and trends in U.S. education, including population characteristics, participation in education, elementary and secondary education, and postsecondary education.

Transforming America's Primary Education System for the 21st Century

Foundation for Child Development
March 2012

Highlights, in slides, the need to transform early childhood education; evidence of the effectiveness of a pre-K-to-third-grade program with aligned standards, curricula, instruction, and assessment; and its implementation to date.

Funder(s): Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Benchmarking 2011: Trends in Education Philanthropy

Grantmakers for Education
December 2011

Based on a survey of GFE members, examines funder characteristics; priorities such as closing the achievement gap; budgets; grantmaking strategies; important emerging trends; and response to public-sector funding cuts.

Funder(s): Target Corporation

Word Generation in Boston Public Schools: Natural History of a Literacy Intervention

Council of the Great City Schools
Snow, Catherine; Joshua F. Lawrence
April 2011

Describes a program to teach high-frequency academic vocabulary and discourses skills, promote effective teaching strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, and discussion, and facilitate faculty collaboration; its implementation; and evaluation results.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York, Institute of Education Sciences

Lessons in Reading Reform: Finding What Works

Public Policy Institute of California
Betts, Julian R.; Cory Koedel; Andrew C. Zau
August 2010

Evaluates elements of reforms designed to improve reading scores among students identified as lagging behind, including extended-length English classes and school years. Considers the role of teachers' experience, lessons learned, and policy implications.

Funder(s): Donald Bren Foundation

Adolescent Literacy Development in Out-of-School Time: A Practitioner's Guidebook

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Moje, Elizabeth Birr; Nicole Tysvaer
September 2009

A companion report to Carnegie's Time to Act, describes types of literacy support offered in afterschool, weekend, and summer programs. Outlines promising programs and practices, elements of success, and strategies for planning and implementation.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Adolescent Literacy Programs: Costs of Implementation

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Levin, Henry M.; Doran Catlin; Alex Elson
September 2009

Reviews the literature on implementation of educational reforms and compares implementation processes and costs at schools that have adopted one of three literacy reforms. Includes recommendations for detailed resource planning and cost accounting.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Evaluation of Experience Corps: Student Reading Outcomes

Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis
June 2009

Analyzes the impact of Experience Corps tutoring on elementary school students' reading comprehension as measured by four tests. Considers factors such as gender, race/ethnicity, grade, classroom behavior, English proficiency, and special education needs.

Funder(s): Atlantic Philanthropies

Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy

Alliance for Excellent Education
Biancarosa, Gina; Catherine Snow

Outlines fifteen key elements that educators can use to develop an effective adolescent literacy intervention program. Focuses on elements of interventions that are most promising for students that struggle with reading and writing after third grade.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

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