Resources

The Working Group on School Transformation
Apr 2012
This policy brief from the New York City Working Group on School Transformation criticizes NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education reform strategy of closing low-performing schools. Evidence from the NYC Department of Education reveals that its school-assignment policies concentrate the highest-needs students in struggling schools, exacerbating the low performance that leads to the subsequent closing of these schools. The brief calls for the DOE to build the instructional capacity across NYC public schools to support the lowest-performing schools rather than simply closing them. 
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The Schott Foundation for Public Education
Apr 2012
In New York City public schools, a student's chances for educational success are more often determined by where he or she lives than their abilities. The city's education policies and practices have resulted in an inequitable distribution of educational resources that intensifies the impact of poverty and denies certain students a meaningful education. Similar to the "redlining" banking practices that once denied investments to communities of color, the education landscape today effectively redlines students of color and low-income students from the resources they need to succeed.
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National Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Apr 2012
In 2010, the President set a goal for the U.S. to become the global leader in postsecondary degree attainment by the year 2020. Yet, more than 7,000 students, many of whom are not proficient in reading and math, are leaving or being pushed out of U.S. schools each day. This study shows that the U.S. cannot achieve the President’s 2020 goal if our schools continue to hemorrhage large segments of our nation’s youth. Accordingly, this document is designed to serve as a blueprint for implementing a comprehensive package of policy reforms that seek to increase the quantity of students who succeed at every stage of the educational pipeline and the quality of the education they receive. Different from most calls for reform, it considers the educational pipeline in its entirety—from early childhood through postsecondary attainment—and offers evidence‐informed strategies to boost access, quantity and quality at every stage.
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National Institute for Early Education Research
Apr 2012
This report from the National Institute for Early Education Research analyzes national and state statistics and trends on the availabilty of quality Pre-K programs across the country. The report includes detailed state profiles that measure not just access access to early education opportunities but also whether available Pre-K programs meet a set of 10 benchmarks for quality. 
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Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans
Mar 2012
This student-led research initiative in New Orleans schools pulls together student testimony and research from 6 different public high schools and examine the opportunities, or lack thereof, available to students in the years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The report examines everything from teaching quality and student support services to physical environment and school food, and gives each school a report card and recommendations for improvement. Altogether, the report is a stunning example of students organizing to make their voices heard in the education reform debate. The full report is available to download at the bottom of this post. To download just the executive summary, click here.
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Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans
Mar 2012
This student-led research initiative in New Orleans schools pulls together student testimony and research from 6 different public high schools and examine the opportunities, or lack thereof, available to students in the years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The report examines everything from teaching quality and student support services to physical environment and school food, and gives each school a report card and recommendations for improvement. Altogether, the report is a stunning example of students organizing to make their voices heard in the education reform debate.  Executive summary is available to download at the bottom of this post. To download the full report, click here.
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Linda Darling-Hammond, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Edward Haertel and Jess Rothstein
Mar 2012
 "Evaluating Teacher Evaluations," published in Phi Delta Kappan is a great tool for understanding value-added rating models and how they fail to account for the vast number of factors that influence a student's test scores from one year to the next. Since value-added models can't control for factors like class size, home and community challenges, summer learning loss (which disproportionately affects low-income students), then there is no way they can provide an accurate picture of how effective a teacher is in raising student test scores. 
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Feb 2012
In "We're Not Even Allowed to Ask," The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families dubunks the myth of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) as model minority students and shows they face the same opportunity and achievement gaps as other minority groups in New York City schools. 
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Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, Winning Beginning New York
Feb 2012
This report details how under-investment in early care and education programs in New York creates long-term costs for society and disproportionately harms students of color, the very students who stand to benefit the most from Pre-K programs. 
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The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Jan 2012
Teaching quality is one of the most intensely discussed and debated themes in education reform today. This guide, published by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, offers six game-changing strategies that cultivate and support quality instruction. 
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