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Ready for Tomorrow: Helping All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success

A Guide for Governors. National Governors Association, 2003. (PDF, 43 pgs.)

This guide offers advice to states on how to improve schools from kindergarten through college to prepare students to become productive citizens.

PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Assessment Guide

PTA, 2008.(PDF, 32 pgs.)

The PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships offer a framework for how families, schools, and communities should work together to support student success. This assessment guide, or rubric, helps facilitate the implementation of these standards. The guide includes specific goals for each standard, indicators for measuring these goals, and examples for each indicator to show what good practice looks like at different levels of development.

Kids' Share 2010

Urban Institute, 2010. (PDF, 40 pgs.)

Kids' Share 2010 is the fourth annual examination of the federal spending trends and tax policies that support and affect children and families.

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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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Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), 2011. (web publication)

This report enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries' performance. It provides a rich, comparable, and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

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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.

Dispelling the Myths About the Negative Effects of Raising High School Graduation Requirements

Education Commission of the States, 2008. (PDF, 13 pgs.)

A policy brief presenting the consequences commonly raised by critics of increased high school graduation requirements and the relevant research or experience, as well as guiding principles for best policy in establishing more challenging curricular expectations for all students.

Democracy at Risk: The Need for a New Federal Policy in Education

Forum for Education and Democracy, 2008. (PDF, 72 pgs.)

Prepared by Linda Darling-Hammond and George Wood, this report calls on the federal government to payoff the "education debt," invest in a new "Marshall Plan" for teachers and school leaders, support educational research and innovation, and engage and educate local communities.

Counting on Graduation: An Agenda for State Leadership

The Education Trust, 2008. (PDF, 10 pgs.)

An agenda to improve graduation rates and data collection on the rates themselves.

Childhood Obesity & Schools

National School Boards Association (NSBA), 2010. (web resource)

NSBA shares information on childhood obesity, why it matters for schools, and the role school leaders play in addressing childhood obesity. Find relevant data and research; resources for developing sound policies and practices related to childhood obesity; and examples of school successes in addressing childhood obesity.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.

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