The Nation’s Report Card Science 2009: National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4, 8, and 12

This report sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences discusses the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in science for 2009. The results reveal differences in students’ performance based on demographic characteristics. The scores also show differences across the country in how states compare to the national average.

Time To Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success

This report discusses the importance of early literacy in order to prepare adolescents to be college and career ready. It states that literacy crosses over into other subject areas such as science and math and problem solving skills in life. The authors suggest that linking instruction to the growing knowledge base on literacy and using current outcome data and best practices can help bridge this gap and lead to more prepared students.

The Nation’s Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009 National and Pilot States Results

This report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) examines findings from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment of 12th graders in public and private high schools across the U.S. and reports on reading and mathematics scores and trends for that group of students. The report found that average mathematics scores were higher in 2009 than in 2005 overall, and that the overall average reading score was also higher in 2009 than in 2005.

Supporting Effective Teaching Through Teacher Evaluation: A Study of Teacher Evaluation in Five Charter Schools

This report, produced by the Center for American Progress, examines teacher evaluation practices in five charter schools affiliated with three well-established charter management organizations. It notes that overall, charters seem to have more teacher evaluation practices within them and teacher evaluation appears to influence teachers’ instructional capabilities in a positive way.

Race to the Top: Accelerating College and Career Readiness in States

This set of four guides from Achieve, Inc., are designed to help state leaders look at the Race to the Top (RTTT) competition through a college- and career-ready lens, offering specific advice on topics such as standards and assessments; P-20 longitudinal data systems; teacher effectiveness; and low-performing schools; as well as promising practices that policymakers can use to build on their successes and maximize the opportunities available through RTTT.

Supporting High School Teachers with Instructional Approaches for Adolescent Struggling Readers

This study from the Everyone Graduates Center aimed to evaluate the different ways of supporting teachers for implementation quality and impact on student learning. Using a randomized controlled trial design, the study assessed the impact of workshops, detailed lesson plans, and coaching on instruction of high school English language arts teachers. Data were collected over two years on a total of 41 schools with 84 teachers and 1,996 students.

Selected States’ Responses to Supporting High School English Language Learners

This policy brief provides state-level examples of efforts to improve the assessment and reporting of data. This brief also showcases effective partnerships between state departments and the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) in strengthening educational outcomes for English language learners (ELLs) on the secondary school level.

Learning for the 21st Century. A Report and Mile Guide for 21st Century Skills

This report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills examines the essential skills that people will need today and tomorrow. The six key elements of 21st century learning include emphasizing core subjects and learning skills, using 21st century tools to develop learning skills, teaching and learning 21st century content in a 21st century context, and using 21st century assessments that measure 21st century skills.

Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention

This brief by the National High School Center provides an in-depth look at the implementation and structural issues, as well as the needed support required to successfully institute Response to Intervention (RTI) at the secondary school level. It defines the RTI models, explores benefits and challenges faced at the high school level, shares a snapshot of implementation at the high school level, and outlines the necessary resources needed to support this work.


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