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April 15, 2011 02:07 pm

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Beyond the School: Exploring a Systemic Approach to School Turnaround from the American Institute for Research. This brief uses the experience of eight California school districts—all members of the California Collaborative on District Reform—to suggest a more systemic approach to school turnaround.

Implementing Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reform: An Analysis of Transfer Associate Degrees in Four States from the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. This report examines several states that have creating transfer associate degrees that allow students to both earn an associate degree and transfer seamlessly into a state university.

Incentivizing School Turnaround: A Proposal for Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from the Center for American Progress. This report argues that federal policy can play an instrumental role in rectifying the systemic failures that allow schools to flounder and that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, is a ripe opportunity to revise the law’s main program that supports school improvement—the School Improvement Grant fund.

Get the Federal Government Out of Education? That Wasn’t the Founding Fathers’ Vision from the Center on Education Policy. This paper tracks the federal government’s involvement in education through the course of American history, and argues that this involvement must continue.

America’s High School Graduates: Results from the2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress High School Transcript Study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This study finds an association between challenging coursework and higher math and science scores on the 12th Grade NAEP assessment. It also reveals that science, in particular, was the missing link for many students who fell short of a rigorous curriculum.

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