This case study provides superintendents, principals, and teachers with information on how three school systems have used an assessment developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)—the OECD Test for Schools—to monitor students’ academic outcomes and inform shifts in policy and teacher practice to meet students’ learning needs.
One Year Later: Can State Equity Plans Improve Access to Great Teaching? Report/Fact SheetMay 26, 2016
This report is based on an analysis of the teacher equity plans that states submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in summer 2015. It provides an overview of the gaps states identified in students’ access to high-quality teaching, examines the root causes for these gaps, and highlights promising approaches for eliminating them.
The number of high school dropouts in the United States decreased from 1 million in 2008 to approximately 750,000 in 2012. This report credits the improvement in high school graduation rates to state and local on-the-ground efforts, as well as federal requirements issued in 2008 and 2011 targeted at the dropout crisis—the same requirements that are absent from current efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind Act.
Never Too Late: Why ESEA Must Fill the Missing Middle Report/Fact SheetMay 05, 2015
Research shows that the current federal strategy of investing in the early years and in postsecondary education, while largely skipping over middle and high schools, is unlikely to yield the greatest returns. An Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization provides the opportunity to implement a more coherent, evidence-based policy of reform and investment that includes middle and high schools.
Building a Foundation: How Technology-Rich Project-Based Learning Transformed Talladega County Schools Report/Fact SheetApril 28, 2015
Alliance Case Study Provides Inside Look at Rural School District’s Turnaround
Below the Surface: Solving the Hidden Graduation Rate Crisis Report/Fact SheetApril 06, 2015
More than 1,200 high schools, serving more than 1.1 million students, still fail to graduate one-third or more of their students each year. Now is the time to ensure that federal, state, and local policy intently focuses on the nation’s lowest-performing high schools.
Data Dashboards: Accounting for What Matters Report/Fact SheetJanuary 29, 2015
Going beyond a test score when assessing achievement provides more transparent and precise ways to continuously track performance, monitor accountability, and ensure the most at-risk students are not lost in the numbers.