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Massachusetts 2020, 2012
Just a few years ago, Boston's Clarence Edwards Middle School was on the verge of being shut down. By 2009, a renaissance at the Edwards made it one of the highest performing and most desired middle schools in Boston, dramatically narrowing and even eliminating academic achievement gaps while delivering a far more well-rounded education to its…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2010
There is a great deal of information available related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Assurance focused on college/career ready standards and assessment, much of it very recent. So much is available that this report contains only a part of the available documents. The report is organized in sections based on issues that…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Career Readiness, College Readiness
Bitter, Catherine; O'Day, Jennifer – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2010
As expectations for students to meet high academic standards have risen over the past two decades, so have the expectations for students to complete, and excel in, more rigorous mathematics courses. Once a course reserved only for the college-bound, algebra is now a graduation requirement for all California students as well as an early…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Student Placement, Graduation Requirements, Algebra