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Thank you for joining us in Austin for the National Forum on Education Policy. We will continue to update this section with PowerPoints and other resources from select sessions.

Tuesday, July 1

Session 242: Postsecondary Challenge - Increasing Success, Ensuring Affordability and Maintaining Costs.

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Session 243: Policy Levers You Can Promote on Monday (to reduce the achievement gap)

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258, "You Want Fries with That? Improving High School Graduation rages in the States

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Wednesday, July 2

Session 341: Learning What Works

Vicki Phillips, director of the Education Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares the Foundation's lessons learned from eight years working to improve graduation rates and college readiness, and the implications for their strategy moving forward.

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Session 348: 21st Century Community College

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Session 349: Using Growth Models to Measure Student Performance

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Session 355: Benchmarking Internationally: The Need Confronts the Reality

Dr. Andreas Schleicher, head, Indicators and Analysis Division, OECD Directorate for Education, utilized this PowerPoint to inform National Forum participants on the current realities of high-performing countries and strategies the United States can employ to increase student achievement and success. Download the PowerPoint (5 MB).

From Competing to Leading: An International Benchmarking Blueprint

International Benchmarking is the alignment of standards, instruction, professional development and assessment to those of the highest-performing countries. This Blueprint presents the rationale why states should consider benchmarking to international standards as well as describing policy recommendations for policymakers and education leaders. This is the first action guide of its kind to enable states, districts and schools to craft new policies and adjust existing policies proven to demonstrate world-class performance.

Session 370: In It to Win It: High Leverage (Yet Often Overlooked) Elements of P-20 Reform

PowerPoint presentation:

  • State of the Union for K-16
    Michael Kirst
    Emeritus Professor for Education and Business Administration, Stanford University

  • The 20 in P-20
    Sarah E. Redfield
    Professor of Law, Education Law Institute, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Maine
    ECS Commissioner and member of ECS Steering Committee


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