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Tyner, Adam; Munyan-Penney, Nicholas – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
Since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 began holding schools accountable for high school graduation rates, multiple strategies have emerged to help more students receive their diplomas. Among the most popular and widely deployed are credit recovery programs, which allow students to "recover credits" from one or more courses that they…
Descriptors: High School Students, Credits, Required Courses, Graduation Requirements
Saultz, Andrew; Mensa-Bonsu, Queenstar; Yaluma, Christopher; Hodges, James – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
A primary purpose of charter schooling is to provide education options and alternatives for families that are neither satisfied with nor well served by their current schooling options. For that reason, many of today's charter schools are focused on improving educational opportunities for low-income and minority students. Their families seek…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Poverty Areas, Access to Education, School Choice
Yaluma, Christopher B.; Tyner, Adam – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
In 2018, the United States continues to see wide and worrying achievement gaps among student groups, despite decades of programs and policies meant to narrow them. Many factors inside and outside the education system contribute to these gaps, but researchers have consistently shown that black, Hispanic, and low-income students tend to enter school…
Descriptors: Grade 4, National Competency Tests, Academic Achievement, Poverty
Poiner, Jessica – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
In the realm of education, much attention is paid to making sure that all students reach a minimum level of achievement. Raising the performance of those who struggle academically is a worthy and necessary goal. But in order to provide all students with an excellent education, attention must also be paid to the students on the other end of the…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, High Achievement, Educational Policy, State Policy
Friedberg, Solomon; Barone, Diane; Belding, Juliana; Chen, Andrew; Dixon, Linda; Fennell, Francis; Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Howe, Roger; Shanahan, Tim – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
After the authors reviewed the "State of State Standards--and the Common Core--in 2010" they found that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were clearer and more rigorous than the English language arts (ELA) standards in 37 states and stronger than the math standards in 39 states. States were encouraged to adopt the CCSS. By 2013 the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Language Arts, Mathematics
Millard, Lyman – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
In Ohio today, approximately 250,000 students--rich and poor alike--are formally identified as gifted. Yet all too often, they sit in "grade-level" classrooms, bored with material they already know and held back by a system that too rarely challenges them. In this paper, Lyman Millard of the Bloomwell Group profiles Menlo Park Academy, a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Academically Gifted, Student Needs
Belcher, Ellen – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
This report profiles Sciotoville Elementary Academy (SEA), a unique Ohio charter school that draws kids and families from Appalachian Ohio. SEA is one of the few charters located outside of the state's urban communities. This school's accomplishments illustrate what's possible within charter schooling for educators, families, and an entire…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Elementary Schools, Charter Schools, School Community Relationship
Millard, Lyman – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
No two charter public schools are alike and the guiding purpose of the Pathway to Success series is to highlight the breadth of quality options available to parents and students across Ohio. This latest profile featuring Near West Intergenerational School in Cleveland, is a perfect example of a charter school born from a community's desire for…
Descriptors: Intergenerational Programs, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Lifelong Learning
Millard, Lyman – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2018
One of Ohio's oldest public charter schools, Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) was forged from concerns about the state of arts education, especially performing arts and dance. For young people with a keen interest in the arts, any shortage of offerings limits opportunities and may lead to less engagement in school. The latest entry in the Pathway…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Art Education, Urban Schools, High Schools
Griffith, David – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2017
Research confirms what common sense dictates: Students learn less when their teachers aren't there. According to multiple studies, a ten-day increase in teacher absence results in at least ten fewer days of learning for students. Clearly, some absences are unavoidable--teachers are only human. But compared to their counterparts in other industries…
Descriptors: Employee Absenteeism, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Teacher Attendance
Smith, Nelson; Wright, Brandon – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2017
The purpose of this brief is to support stakeholders in their efforts to influence how states use the mandatory 7 percent Title I school improvement set-aside in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)--an allocation that could total more than $5 billion nationwide over the next five years. First, the authors provide an overview of the ESSA's school…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Improvement, Resource Allocation
Belcher, Ellen – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2017
A college degree is becoming increasingly necessary in order for young people to attain the jobs they want, and yet getting to and through college in some ways has never been more challenging. Many students are ill-prepared when they arrive, others lack the "soft" skills necessary to succeed in a postsecondary environment, and the cost…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Dual Enrollment, Charter Schools, High School Students
Belcher, Ellen – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2017
Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA) in Ohio is preparing its middle schoolers for success in high school, college, and life. CLA is second among all public schools in the city on student growth. The school's eighth graders reach and surpass proficiency at a rate that is more than three times that of their peers across the city. Reading and math…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Citizenship Education, School Effectiveness, Charter Schools
Doorey, Nancy; Polikoff, Morgan – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2016
Approximately one-third of American freshmen at two-year and four-year colleges require remedial coursework and over 40 percent of employers rate new hires with a high school diploma as "deficient" in their overall preparation for entry-level jobs. Yet, over the past decade, as these students marched through America's public education…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, State Standards, Test Items, Evaluation Criteria
Petrilli, Michael J.; Griffith, David; Wright, Brandon L.; Kim, Audrey – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2016
In this report, the authors examine the extent to which states' current (or planned) accountability systems for elementary and middle schools attend to the needs of high-achieving students, and how these systems might be redesigned under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to better serve all students. In their view, states can and should take…
Descriptors: Accountability, High Achievement, Student Needs, Needs Assessment
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