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Rocketship Education: Pioneering Charter Network Innovates Again, Bringing Tech Closer to Teachers - Rocketship Education is a network of seven public charter elementary schools, which is getting good results with low-income students. Eighty-two percent of its students scored proficient or advanced on California Standards Test for math, compared to an 87% average for the state's highest-income districts. They do it by expanding the reach of their strongest teachers, paying excellent teachers more, and integrating Public Impact’s principles of an Opportunity Culture into Rocketship’s Plans. Now, Rocketship is set to move into Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. (Sharon Kebschull Barrett and Joe Ableidinger, Public Impact, September 2013)...

Are Evidence-Based Programs Worth the Investment? - In 2007, the Birmingham, UK, City Council launched "Brighter Futures," a series of evidence-based programs to better the lives of the city's children. Focused on prevention and early intervention, the programs also included a research feature: outcomes were documented. Some worked well, one didn't and the jury is still out on the other two. They learned when an investment is planned (more than $63 million) it is best to use tested, effective programs and practices. Evidence-based programs can be worth the investment, and programs must be implemented with fidelity to the original, successful version. (Better: Evidence-Based Education, February 2013)...

Changing the Odds for Student Success: What Matters Most - This document is based on the findings of more than 1,000 studies and reports related to seven components of school systems and the learning needs of underserved students. It calls out those practices that demonstrate the largest effects on student achievement. It goes beyond merely identifying "what works," because the problem is not that too few programs "work", but that so many things "sort of work". Consequently the report identifies what matters most--those influences and approaches that stand clearly above the rest. (Bryan Goodwin, Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, July 2010)...

Innovation, Motherhood and Apple Pie - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorized the Secretary of Education to establish a $650 million Innovation Fund to expand the work of schools that have made gains in closing achievement gaps. With growing discussion and considerable money heading in the direction of innovation, the author provides recommendations on how the Department of Education should evaluate successful programs. (Grover Whitehurst, Brookings Institution, March 2009)...

Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Read high-quality unbiased evaluations of education programs that have been reviewed by Johns Hopkins University Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education. These evaluations meet scientific standards and methodology and provide links to the full texts of each review....

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