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Instructional Time in Elementary Schools: A Closer Look at Changes for Specific Subjects

Center on Education Policy (CEP), 2008. (PDF, 8 pgs.)

This report examines the magnitude of changes in instructional time in elementary schools in the years since NCLB took effect in 2002.

Impact of Community and Youth Organizing on Public School Reform

Annenberg Institute for School Reform, 2009. (web resource)

This study looks at organizing efforts by residents of seven urban communities across the country to improve their public schools. It aims to document the organizing campaigns and measure the impact on three critical indicators of education reform: district-level policy, school-level capacity, and student outcomes.

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From No Child Left Behind to Every Child a Graduate

Alliance for Excellent Education, 2008. (PDF, 62 pgs.)

This report outlines the Alliance for Excellent Education's Framework for Action to Improve Secondary Schools, which reflects the consensus among educators, researchers, policymakers, and other authorities on the specific problems of secondary schools, as well as on the research- and best-practice-supported solutions to those problems. Taken together, the seven policy areas contained within the framework offer a comprehensive and systemic approach to secondary school reform.

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The Progress of Education Reform – Middle Grades

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 6 pgs.)

The middle grades are in crisis. By state and national measures, student achievement gains realized in the elementary grades all too often diminish by grade 8. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform highlights key findings from recent research and publications on improving student success in the middle grades—and identifies actions states can take to translate these findings into sound policy.

Educational Engagement: A Successful Strategy for Academic and Civic Achievement and Success

Education Commission of the States, 2007. (PDF, 4 pgs.)

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform features highlights of K-12 research on student engagement, a civic orientation and building resiliency. Taken together, they provide a useful, up-to-date look at evidence on the merits of engaging students for achievement and success. It also includes policy implications based on the research, as well as links to studies and resources on student engagement in higher education.

Doing What Works: Dropout Prevention

U.S. Department of Education, 2009. (web resource)

The U.S. Department of Education provides information on recommended research-based practices educators can use to prevent dropouts. Multimedia content and school success stories make the site a fun and valuable destination.

Crafting A New Vision for High School: How States Can Join Academic and Technical Studies to Promote More Powerful Learning

Southern Regional Education Board, 2008. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

This report outlines challenges states face in combining technical and academic studies for improved learning, provides actions states can take to overcome these challenges, and highlights current best practices and policies.

Closing the Expectations Gap 2012

Achieve, Inc., 2012. (PDF, 48 pgs.)

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation.

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.

Career Academies: Long-Term Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes, Educational Attainment, and Transitions to Adulthood

MDRC, 2008. (PDF, 63 pgs.)

Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment.

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