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No Child Left Behind Policy Brief: State Information Systems PDF - States’ ability to understand and address the achievement gap depends to a large extent on the design and capacity of their education data systems. This ECS policy brief, which is part of a series examining the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on state policy, includes a primer on data use, information on longitudinal data systems and key issues for policymakers to consider in assessing the adequacy of their states’ information systems. (Ravay Snow-Renner and Marga Torrence, Education Commission of the States, 2002)...

Is the Achievement Gap in Indiana Narrowing? - This report examines the factors that contribute to student achievement gaps, defines the scope of the achievement gaps that exist in Indiana, evaluates whether these gaps are narrowing or will persist, and offers strategies that have been identified as best practices in closing the gaps. (Terry E. Spradlin, Ryan Kirk, Crystal Walcott, Peter Kloosterman, Khadija Zaman, Sarah McNabb and Jason Zapf, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, September 2005)...

Early Success Performance Plan: Educational Reform in the Montgomery County Public Schools - This brief report ourlines the comprehensive education reform initiative the Montgomery County, Maryland, district launched in 1999. Establishing new curricula, a pre-K-8 curriculum framework, diagnostic assessments, full-day kindergarten, extended day opportunities and reduced class sizes for lower-income children, teacher and leadership quality initiatives and a host of other reforms, the district has observed increased student achievement, particularly in higher-poverty classrooms. (Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland, May 2003)...

Kentucky Senate Bill 168: Reducing Achievement Gaps - A new section of Kentucky law enacted as S.B. 168 puts 10 processes in place to address the achievement gap....

The Texas Higher Education Plan - Known as “Closing the Gaps,” the Texas Higher Education Plan focuses primarily on increasing the participation rates of disadvantaged and minority students in postsecondary education by 2015. Many of the suggested strategies, however, involve the K-12 system, such as improving teaching quality, curriculum and early childhood education....

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