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Parentsí Attitudes on the Quality of Education in the United States

Associated Press- NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
Agiesta, Jennifer; Benz, Jennifer; Tompson, Trevor
August 2013

Describes the results of a national survey of 1,025 parents of kindergarten through 12th grade students on perceived quality of education in the United States.

Funder(s): Joyce Foundation


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.


Mapping the Field: A Report on Expanded-Time Schools in America

National Center on Time and Learning
Jessica Edwards, David Farbman, Fran O'Reilly
December 2012

Analyzes trends and key characteristics of expanded-time schools in America using information from the 1,002 schools represented in the National Center on Time and Learning's database. Presents a concise history of the expanded-time schools movement and directions for future research.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wallace Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education

Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Priest, Nora; Antonia Rudenstine; Ephraim Weisstein
November 2012

Explains the distinguishing elements of competency education. Integrates findings from research on eleven schools pioneering a wide variety of competency-based models to highlight promising practices, challenges, students' voices, and thoughts about the future of the field.

Funder(s): Nellie Mae Education Foundation


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


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


Growing Opportunity: A Two-Year Update on The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy

Carnegie Corporation of New York - IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education
September 2011

Highlights progress on a 2009 report's call to mobilize for innovative, accountable math and science education for all; establish clear standards and effective assessments; improve teacher supply and leadership; and enhance school and system design.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York


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Expanded Measures of School Performance

RAND Corporation
April 2011

Examines issues and trends in broadening school quality measures beyond those required by No Child Left Behind, including alternative factors states are using, trade-offs in adopting new measures, and how the federal government can support such efforts.

Funder(s): Sandler Family Supporting Foundation


Investing in Our Next Generation: A Funder's Guide to Addressing the Educational Opportunities and Challenges Facing English Language Learners

Grantmakers for Education
February 2011

Outlines the characteristics of English language learners, the need for targeted solutions to the achievement gap between ELLs and English-proficient students, and suggestions for funders, including integrating ELL strategies across education portfolios.

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


A Model for Success: CART's Linked Learning Program Increases College Enrollment

Center for Advanced Research and Technology
January 2011

Outlines the Linked Learning model of combining rigorous high school academics with technical learning and real-world experience at the Center for Advanced Research Technology. Presents data on its impact on community college and university enrollment.

Funder(s): Cal-PASS, Clovis Unified School District, Fresno Unified School District, James Irvine Foundation


Digital Learning Now!

Foundation for Excellence in Education
December 2010

Based on discussions among education, government and technology leaders and others, outlines the potential of digital learning to close the achievement gap; basic elements, including student access and personalized learning; and policy actions for each.

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


Supporting Instruction: Investing in Teaching

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
December 2010

Describes the foundation's work in supporting the Common Core State Standards for literacy and math and a design collaborative developing tools for teachers to help students meet them, including template tasks, instructional modules, and courses.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


School Finance Reform

Public Policy Institute of California
Weston, Margaret
November 2010

Outlines the history, structure, and critiques of California's school finance system that it is inequitable, inadequately funded, and overly complex. Proposes principles for reform and a strategy to achieve them through small investments over time.

Funder(s): William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


School Funding Systems: Equity, Transparency, Flexibility

Education Resource Strategies
September 2010

One of a series of guides for school district leaders on optimizing resource allocation, explains how to cut budgets with the least impact on the neediest, shift funds to effective programs and where most needed, and invest stimulus funds in improvements.

Funder(s): Noyce Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Houston Independent School District

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
August 2010

Describes the data-driven Accelerating Student Progress, Increasing Results & Expectations (ASPIRE) program, which rewards educators for middle school students' academic growth relative to expectations. Reviews challenges, outcomes, and lessons learned.

Funder(s): Michael and Susan Dell Foundation


The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy

Carnegie Corporation of New York - IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education
June 2009

Discusses recommendations for and promising examples of fundamental reforms to raise math and science levels and increase opportunity, such as clearer, higher standards; better management of teaching talent; and more effective school and system designs.

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York


Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education

Center for American Progress
May 2009

Based on interviews with educational entrepreneurs, makes policy recommendations for removing barriers to innovation and encouraging ventures at the federal, state, and local levels. Calls for a "performance culture," diversity of providers, and funding.

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation


Funding Student Learning: How to Align Education Resources With Student Learning Goals

Center on Reinventing Public Education
December 2008

Identifies factors preventing the education finance system from supporting high-level student learning. Recommends transparent, flexible, and strategic funding mechanisms and practices, including student-based funding and school-linked accounts.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


San Francisco Bay Area KIPP Schools: A Study of Early Implementation and Achievement: Final Report

SRI International
Woodworth, Katrina R.; Jane L. David; Roneeta Guha; Alejandra Lopez-Torkos; Haiwen Wang
September 2008

Examines the achievement results and operations of five Knowledge Is Power Program middle schools to assess the program's effectiveness, the role of leadership, implementation of the KIPP culture, design of curricula and instruction, and lessons learned.

Funder(s): William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Out of Many, One: Toward Rigorous Common Core Standards From the Ground Up

Achieve, Inc.
July 2008

Analyzes high school standards for English in twelve states and math in sixteen states designed for college- and career-readiness. Examines their alignment with the American Diploma Project's benchmarks for common core standards. Discusses implications.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Education Governors for the 21st Century

James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
Guillory, Ferrel
November 2005

Provides guidance for state leaders on how they can promote education reform through strategic alliances with educators, business leaders, and communities. Includes examples of leaders who have taken different approaches to school improvement.

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation


Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma That Counts

Achieve, Inc.
February 2004

Describes the American Diploma Project's benchmarks for English and math skills needed for high school graduates to succeed in college or high-growth jobs. Outlines how states, the federal government, colleges, and businesses can help align standards.

Funder(s): William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


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