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Afterschool Alliance, 2016
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is proud to present this issue brief examining the vital role afterschool programs play in building students' literacy skills. This issue brief will focus on the year-round support needed to help students with their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. This…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Writing Skills
Delander, Brady; Millard, Maria – Education Commission of the States, 2014
While many Americans might agree on the importance of preparing young people for citizenship in a democracy, civic education has been in decline. Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show students across all grade levels have a less-than-adequate grasp of the skills and knowledge necessary to engage as citizens. In…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, National Competency Tests, Statewide Planning
Otto, Rafael – Grantmakers for Education, 2014
Since 2011, Grantmakers for Education has offered a series of investigative programs designed to examine the role grantmakers can play in creating more equitable systems of education. GFE's programming included place-based programs in El Paso, Texas, Newark, New Jersey, Oakland, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. During this time, Grantmakers…
Descriptors: Grants, Equal Education, Educational Finance, Minority Group Students
Loney, Emily – Hunt Institute, 2014
Innovation and ingenuity have long been hallmarks of the U.S.' economy. Our competitive strength is built on the legacy of great innovators--from Alexander Graham Bell and Lewis Latimer to the Wright brothers and Steve Jobs. The U.S. has prized its status as a leader in developing creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, but by many estimates, it is…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Context Effect
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) results in mathematics and reading are based on representative samples of 1,100 to 2,300 public school students at grade 4 and 900 to 2,100 public school students at grade 8 in each participating urban district in 2013. Twenty-one urban districts participated in the 2013 assessments. The assessments…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, National Competency Tests, Mathematics Achievement
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas enroll close to 40 percent of the nation's public school students. The importance of these "Mega-States" goes beyond the sheer size of their population. They now serve more than half of the nation's English language learners (ELL), as well as some of the largest concentrations of…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Public Schools, Federal State Relationship, English Language Learners
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Greene, Jay P.; McGee, Josh B. – Education Next, 2012
American education has problems, almost everyone is willing to concede, but many think those problems are mostly concentrated in America's large urban school districts. In the elite suburbs, where wealthy and politically influential people tend to live, the schools are assumed to be world-class. Unfortunately, what everyone knows is wrong. Even…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Public Schools
Darche, Svetlana; Stam, Brad – Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), 2012
WestEd, a research and development agency, and ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career have partnered to develop a framework for college and career readiness. In this article, the authors look at one student's successful journey from high school to college to career, and highlights a career-readiness framework to ensure more…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Career Development, Cooperation, College Readiness
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
California is in the process of transitioning to new English language arts and mathematics standards that will better prepare students to be successful in college and their careers. Time, effort, and resources must be dedicated to effective implementation in order to realize the promise of these new common core state standards. This paper captures…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, College Preparation, Career Development
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Applebee, Arthur N.; Langer, Judith A. – English Journal, 2011
In the May 2009 issue of "English Journal", we reported on our analysis of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress to provide a first look at changes in the teaching of writing over the past 30 years. In this article, we provide a more detailed look, drawing on data collected from visits to 260 English, math, social…
Descriptors: High Schools, Middle Schools, Interviews, National Surveys
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) Turnaround or Full Speed Ahead?: House Committee Raises Concerns with School Turnaround Models Included in Obama…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Public Education, Urban Schools, Federal Legislation
Center on Education Policy, 2010
This paper profiles California's test score trends through 2008-09. Between 2005 and 2009, the percentages of students reaching the proficient level on the state test and the basic level on NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) increased in grades 4 and 8 in both reading and math. Average annual gains were larger on the state test…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Achievement, Scores, Grade 4
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2008
The purpose of a state report card is to provide the general public and policymakers with information to assess and improve post secondary education in each state. "Measuring Up 2008" is the fifth in a series of biennial report cards that evaluates states in six overall performance categories: (1) Preparation for post-secondary education…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Access to Education
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2008
The purpose of a state report card is to provide the general public and policymakers with information to assess and improve post secondary education in each state. "Measuring Up 2008" is the fifth in a series of biennial report cards that evaluates states in six overall performance categories: (1) Preparation for post-secondary education…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Access to Education
Hebel, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Many states, and the United States as a whole, are doing a better job than they were two years ago of preparing students for college and expanding access to higher education, according to a national report card on higher education released last week. But the country continues to slip behind other nations on measures of enrollment and degree…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
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