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March 25, 2011 03:49 pm

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Education and the Economy: Boosting the Nation’s Economy by Improving High School Graduation Rates from the Alliance for Excellent Education. This study demonstrates the economic benefits the nation—as well as each state—would likely see if its number of high school dropouts was cut in half. The state-by-state and national findings include the growth in jobs, home ownership, levels of spending and investment, and car sales.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise from Alliance for Excellent EducationCivic Enterprises, and the Data Quality Campaign. This publication provides leaders from business, philanthropy, and education with background on data issues; describes challenges that must be overcome; and makes recommendations for moving forward.

Federal Policy, ESEA Reauthorization, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline from the Advancement Project, Education Law CenterJuvenile Law Centerhttp://naacpldf.org/publication/ldf-70National Center for Fair & Open Testing, and The Forum for Education and Democracy. This paper looks at testing, school climate and ‘zero tolerance’ discipline policies as causes of the school to prison pipeline, and makes recommendations on assessment, accountability, discipline and student re-entry to schools.

Essential Elements of Teacher Policy in ESEA: Effectiveness, Fairness, and Evaluation from Education Trust and Center for American Progress. This report provides ESEA recommendations that would establish a 2016-17 deadline for states to implement teacher evaluation systems.

Always Connected: The New Digital Media Habits of Young Children from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. According to this study, low-income, Hispanic, and black children consume more media than their middle-class and white peers and it is less likely to be educational.

Unconventional Wisdom: A Profile of the Graduates of Early College High School from Jobs for the Future. This report examines characteristics of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 early college graduating classes. It focuses on early college schools and programs that have been open for four or more years, including some schools that are “conversions” (i.e., they were open before becoming early colleges and underwent restructuring to implement an early college design).

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher from the MetLife. This survey examines the priority that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, what being college- and career-ready entails, and the implications of this goal for teaching. The results are based on a national survey of middle and high school teachers, students, parents of public school students, and business executives from Fortune 1000 companies conducted in fall 2010.

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