What We Are Reading: America’s Report Card, Digital Student Data, College Readiness

Looking for new high school-related resources? Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:*

America's Report Card 2012: Children in the US (First Focus & Save the Children, October 10, 2012). Commissioned by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Sen. Casey (D-PA), America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety.

Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking (Name of Publication, October 11, 2012). This is a 10-part brief that takes up important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each section focuses on a different issue, and recommendations for policymakers are based on the latest scholarship.

Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles (Digital Learning Now! October, 2012). This paper provides two recommendations for addressing the inadequacies of today’s student records in order to power personalization from day one, at every step, for every student.

The Decade of Decline: Gender Equity in High School Sports (SHARP Center, October, 2012). This study is the second in the “Progress Without Equity Research Series.” It reports on historical changes in the provision of athletic opportunity in U.S. high schools and is intended to provide educators and policymakers at the national, state and local levels with new and accurate information.

High School Rigor and Good Advice: Setting Up Students to Succeed (The Center for Public Education, October, 2012). The study analyzed longitudinal data tracking high school sophomores in 2002 through their second year in two- and four-year colleges in 2006. Researchers were able to identify three factors that were related to increasing a postsecondary student’s chances of staying on track to a credential as much as 53 percent, and the process begins in high school. The impact of these factors is greatest for students who enter college as the least likely to succeed: students who began high school with below average achievement and below average socioeconomic status.

*Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization


Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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