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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.
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
Stan Karp Education Law Center, Oct 2011
This is an edited version of a commentary given by Stan Karp , a teacher of English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years. Karp spoke on Oct. 1 at the fourth annual Northwest Teachers for Justice conference in Seattle. He is now the director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey’s Education Law Center and an editor of the 25-year-old Rethinking Schools magazine. A video and fuller version of the commentary can be found here.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Oct 2011
Putting young people in jail – particularly for nonviolent offenses – is a failed strategy, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that relied on decades of research and data. The report's most scathing findings include that youth incarceration does not reduce future offending; provides no overall benefit to public safety; wastes taxpayer dollars; and exposes youth to high levels of violence and abuse.
Campaign for America's Future, National Education Association, Oct 2011
This report looks at America's Pre-K-12 public schools -- from the perspective of what Americans are reading and hearing in their local newspapers and media broadcasts. Sifting through these on-the-ground accounts revealed that there is indeed a growing crisis in America's public schools that hinges on two factors: state austerity budgets that cut funds from services to students and families, and new policies redirecting tax dollars meant for public schools to charters.
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Aug 2011
A new study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the value of a college degree is increasing. The study shows that people with bachelor’s degrees earn 84 percent more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, up from 75 percent in 1999. Read more>.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Feb 2011
A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis shows that nearly half of all states have made "significant cuts" in public education, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and children of color.