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Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation

Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, 2008. (PDF, 16 pgs.)

This new report supported by America's Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides stark data on the gap in graduation rates between urban and suburban areas of major metropolitan centers.

Choices, Changes, and Challenges: Curriculum and Instruction in the NCLB Era

Center on Education Policy, 2007. (web report)

This report examines the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how that allocation of time across subjects has changed since school year 2001-02 when NCLB was enacted.

Beyond the Basics: Achieving a Liberal Education for All Children

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2007. (web publication)

In the era of NCLB, liberal learning is on the defensive. This report develops the rationale for liberal education in the primary and secondary grades, explores what policymakers and educators at all levels can to do sustain liberal learning, and sketches an unlovely future if we fail.

Are They Really Ready to Work?

The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, The Society for Human Resource Management, 2006 (web report, free registration required)

An in-depth study of the corporate perspective on the readiness of new entrants into the U.S. workforce by level of educational attainment, including results from both a survey conducted during April and May 2006 and interviews with a sampling of a dozen human resources and other senior executives.

Analysis Finds Time Stolen From Other Subjects for Math, Reading

Education Week, 2008. (web article)

A report from the Center for Education Policy finds that NCLB is decreasing instruction time in a number of subjects that compose a challenging curriculum.

An Unfinished Canvas: A Review of Large-Scale Arts Assessment in K-12 Arts Education

Center for Education Policy, SRI International, 2008. (PDF, 51 pgs.)

The development and implementation of effective large-scale assessment in the arts are challenging on many fronts. This paper provides a review of the status of large-scale arts assessments and current practice in statewide arts assessment for the purpose of K-12 education accountability.

A Look at Community Schools

Center for American Progress, 2009. (PDF, 28 pgs.)

This report provides an overview of community school strategies in the United States and how community schools can decrease poverty's detrimental effect on students. Using examples of community school initiatives, it highlights where research shows community schools have had the most success. It also reviews England's extended school model and suggest how the United States can expand community schools based on England's experience.

21st Century Skills, Education, and Competitiveness: A Resource and Policy Guide

Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2008. (PDF, 20 pgs.)

This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world. We can thrive in this century only with informed leadership and concerted action that prepares Americans to compete.

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