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ECS High School Database: Highlights of Local Initiatives - This database identifies innovative and proven state and district high school reform efforts. To be included in the database, initiatives need to meet all of the following criteria: (1) Serving a substantial population of traditionally underserved students (minority, low-income, special needs, first-generation college students, etc.) (2) Stable - most initiatives in this database have been in place for at least three years, although ECS is allowing exceptions for programs producing outstanding results. (3) Producing results based on data rather than anecdote or perception. Results may be measured in improved student attendance, graduation rates, student achievement, postsecondary transition rates, etc. (4) Replicable - that efforts can be reproduced elsewhere and do not hinge on the impact of one extraordinary leader. (5) Fiscally sustainable. (6) Bold/innovative. (Education Commission of the States) ...

Connections between Teacher Perceptions of School Effectiveness and Student Outcomes in Idaho's Low-Achieving Schools - After examining the survey of teacher responses in 75 Idaho schools working on school improvement, researchers found schools with highest teacher reports of the presence of the goals, processes and supports essential for student success didn't have higher rates of reading proficiency, math proficiency or attendance. Idaho educators and others using teacher perception surveys should proceed cautiously in making decisions based on perception surveys. (Caitlin Scott and Traci Fantz, REL Northwest, March 2014) ...

Making Education Dollars Work: Issue Briefs - Issue briefs prepared for the 2011 Governors Education Symposium. Sessions addressed include "Advancing Education Reform with Limited Resources", "Improving Postsecondary Completion and Productivity", "Preparing Career- and College-Ready Students", and "Measuring and Evaluating Effective Teaching." Included in the briefs are promising practices and ideas for action. (NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011)...

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