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Closing the achievement gap: Four states’ efforts PDF - This brief highlights the efforts of four states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin — to reduce their achievement gaps through state-level task forces or commissions and other legislative action. These four states historically boast average or strong academic achievement levels, but all are facing achievement gaps, some of them significant. (Micah Ann Wixon, ECS, January 2015) ...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Student Achievement - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Student Achievement--Closing the Achievement Gap - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Instructional Approaches--Grading Practices - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Instructional Approaches--Problem Based Learning - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: 21st Century Skills - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Instructional Approaches - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Instructional Approaches--Constructivism - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

The Role of the Common Core in the Gubernatorial Elections of 2014 - Gubernatorial races viewed through the Common Core prism reveal that support for and opposition to the Core were fairly evenly split, mostly across party lines. Candidates in opposition cited the federal government; supporters emphasized economic advantages and increased rigor. (Jonathan Supovitz, Bobbi Newman and Ariel Smith, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, November 2014)...

Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City's New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates - The first step in New York City's high school admissions process is to require eighth-graders to select in rank order of priority up to a dozen high schools that they want to attend. When one of the schools has more applicants than spaces a lottery-like process to randomly assign students to "small schools of choice" (SSCs) in another district. These lotteries provide the basis for an usually large and rigorous study of the effects of SSCs on students' academic achievement. This report presenting clear and reliable evidence that, in roughly six years, a large system of small public high schools can be created and markedly improve graduation prospects for many disadvantaged students. (Howard Bloom, Saskia Levy Thompson and Rebecca Unterman, MDRC, June 2010)...


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