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Center on Education Policy

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Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Economic Policy Institute

Rennie Center - Education Research and Policy

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This page offers a look at education policy from a variety of sources and perspectives - new reports, articles, government guidance.  Inclusion here does not indicate Georgia Partnership endorsement.

Turning Around Failing Schools: Governance Resources and Accountability 
Forum co-hosted by Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and Voices for Georgia's Children, February 24, 2015

Panelists from the national, state, and local levels discussed governance and accountability strategies of improving outcomes for our lowest performing schools and learners. A video of the session and program agenda are available for your review. Slides from Georgia Partnership Policy and Research Director Dr. Dana Rickman, and Fordham Institute National Policy Director Michael Brickman are also available. 

Education Savings Accounts Carry Big Sticker Shock
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow parents to take state dollars for private educational use.  House Bill 243 proposes to create Education Savings Accounts to set public money aside for a variety of educational services. (February 2015)

The State Education Agency: At the Helm, Not the Oar
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

(This research piece was first published in April 2014 but is relevant now considering Governor Nathan Deal's plan for Opportunity School Districts in Georgia.) This paper from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute suggests a new governance approach, organized around the “4 Cs”: Control, Contract, Cleave, Create. Related story. (February 2015)

The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education
International Association for K-12 Online Learning

If states are serious about implementing competency-based education in the hope that it will prepare students for college and career, policy makers had better be ready to update their rules and regulations. Related story. (December 2014)

Governor's High Demand Career Initiative Report
Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

The state’s High Demand Career Initiative released findings Wednesday that highlighted trouble spots for Georgia’s job sector — and potential opportunities to bolster the state’s workforce. Introduction. Related story. (December 2014)

Data for Action - 2014 (How does Georgia stack up?)
Quality Data Campaign

Data are more than just test scores, and by effectively accessing and using different types of data—such as attendance, grades, and course-taking—teachers, parents, and school and district leaders can help ensure that every student is on a path for success every day, not just at the end of the school year. (November 2014) 

A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College
Education Commission of the States

The alarming numbers of college students who require remedial education courses continue to stir concerns within state policy, education and research circles. But do states really have a solid grasp of how many and which students require remediation? (September 2014)

Alternative Education: Exploring Innovations in Learning
Rennie Center Education Policy & Research - Policy Brief

Eighty-five percent of Massachusetts' high school students graduate in four years, but for some at-risk young people, traditional education isn't a good fit. This report looks at alternative education both nationally and in the Commonwealth -- education that aims to rescue youth at risk for dropping out. (June 2014) 

The Schoolhouse Squeeze
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Georgia’s school districts are struggling against a relentless financial squeeze. There are many forces combining to put tremendous strain on districts at a time when they are working to lift student achievement to higher levels than ever. Report summary. (September 2013)

Criteria for High-Quality Assessment
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

A bevy of heavy-hitting assessment experts has identified five things that make assessments high quality, and is urging states to hold out for such tests in the face of political and financial pressures.  Related story. (June 2013)

Using Early Warning Data to Keep Students on Track toward College and Careers
Data Quality Campaign

Early Warning Systems (EWS) provide educators, administrators, and policymakers with actionable information that they can use to prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. (June 2013)

Learning Time in America: Trends to Reform the American School Calendar
National Center on Time and Learning

The report shows that while some states and local governments have reduced learning time in response to severe budget pressures – typically by reducing the number of days in the school year – others have prioritized expanding learning time to better prepare students for success in high school, college and the workforce. Related story. Introduction. (May 2013)

Rifts Deepen Over Education Policy in U.S.
Education Week

In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy—from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. (May 2013)

Middle Class or Middle of the Pack - What can we learn when benchmarking U.S. schools against the world's best?
America Achieves

According to this study, middle-class students are lagging far behind their peers in other countries, adding a new perspective to beliefs that low-income students are most in need of better educational opportunities. Related storyRelating story - Thomas Friedman's My Little (Global) School. (April 2013)

A Public Policy Statement - Assessments
The Gordon Commission

The report calls on state and federal policymakers to commit to a long-term effort to develop assessments that place greater emphasis on providing timely and valuable information to students and teachers.  Related story. Press release. (March 2013)

Students with Disabilities in Extracurricular Activities - Guidance
Office for Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Education

This guidance clarifies clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. Related story. Press release. (January 2013)

What Do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Student Performance?
Economic Policy Institute

International test comparisons, are oversimplified, frequently exaggerated, and misleading. They ignore the complexity of test results and may lead policymakers to pursue inappropriate and even harmful reforms. Related stories: International tests severely misrank U.S. students and Pros and cons of U.S. education. (January 2013)

Quality Counts Report
Education Week

The 17th edition of Education Week's Quality Counts continues the report's tradition of tracking key education indicators and grading the states on their policy efforts and outcomes. Executive summary. Related stories - Education Week  (Executive Summary) and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Overall state grades and scores. States' transitions and alignments. Georgia Department of Educaton Press Release. (January 2013)

State Policy Report Card - 2013

The report card was created to evaluate the education laws and policies in place in each state.  "We hope this helps reveal more about what states are doing to improve the nation's public education system..." Related story. (January 2013)

Data for Action 2012 - Focus On People to Change Data Culture
Data Quality Campaign

States are making progress in supporting effective data use, but the hardest work remains. Although states collect quality data and have enacted policy changes, they have not yet focused on meeting people’s needs. Related story. (November 2012) 

Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement
Center for American Progress

New national data offer opportunity to examine cost of teacher absence relative to learning loss.   The report urges state policymakers to revise their teacher leave policies in an effort to improve student achievement and usher in significant savings.  Related story. (November 2012)

Democracy Left Behind:  How Recent Education Reforms Undermine Local School Governance and Democratic Education
National Education Policy Center - University of Colorado College of Education

Democratic policymaking and democratic education have been undermined by the passage of No Child Left Behind. This brief offers guidelines for future federal education policy that addresses the loss of local control brought on by recent reforms. Press release. (November 2012)

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning - An Annual Review of Policy and Practice
Evergreen Education Group

While adult interest inthe college level appears to be waning, enrollment in virtual classes at the K-12 level is on the rise. Related story. (November 2012)

College Courses in High School: A Strategy for College Readiness
Jobs for the Future

There is no panacea when it comes to education policy, but a growing body of research suggests that allowing students in high school to complete even a single college course could significantly increase their chances of attending college and eventually graduating. Related story. (October 2012)

A Guide to Turning Around Chronically Low Performing Schools
Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - What Works Clearinghouse

The goal of this practice guide is to formulate specific and coherent evidence-based recommendations for use by educators aiming to quickly and dramatically improve student achievement in low-performing schools. Related story. (September 2012)

The Effects of School Vouchers On College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings and Harvard Kennedy School – Program on Education Policy and Governance

In the first study, using a randomized experiment to measure the impact of school vouchers on college enrollment, the researchers examine the college-going behavior through 2011 of students who participated in a voucher experiment as elementary school students in the late 1990s. Related story. (September 2012)

The Competition That Really Matters - Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce
Center for American Progress and The Center for the Next Generation

The greatness of America is exemplified by the march of generations.  The next, by any measure, has always surpassed the previous, thanks to a sacred promise we have kept since our founding. That promise is now less certain. Related story. (August 2012)

Is Retaining Students in the Early Grades Self-Defeating?
Center on Children and Families at Brookings

Whether a child is a proficient reader by the third grade is an important indicator of their future academic success. Indeed, substantial evidence indicates that unless students establish basic reading skills by that time, the rest of their education will be an uphill struggle. Related story. (August 2012)

Student Motivation: An Overlooked Piece of School Reform
Center on Education Policy

This report aims to answer this question—and it argues that school reform efforts won’t succeed unless they address student motivation. Related story. (June 2012)

Supporting Education Policy and Practice Through Common Data Standards - A Polixcy Maker's Guide
Quality Data Campaign

This guide addresses how common data standards can ensure the quality, comparability, and efficient sharing of data. (May 2012) 

Changing School District Practices
Students at the Center

Noting an absence of references to student-centered learning approaches in a subset of high-performing districts, this paper details seven key district characteristics to support innovative approaches in general, and sudent-centered learning approaches in particular. (April 2012)

State Education Reforms
National Center for Education Statistics

This site, which draws from data collected from organizations other than NCES, compiles and disseminates data on state-level elementary and secondary education reform efforts in five key areas. (March 2012)

States lessening seat time requirements
National Governors Association

States have established an array of policies in recent years to free schools from having to award academic credits based on "seat time," with the goal of making it easier for struggling students to catch up, exceptional students to race ahead, and students facing geographic and scheduling barriers to take the courses they need. Relating story. (March 2012)