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February 25, 2011 04:48 pm

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Unlocking the Power of Expanded Learning Time: Year Two Report on TASC ELTfrom America’s Promise Alliance. This report highlights the second year of its three-year Expanded Learning Time pilot and introduces a new Grad Tracker tool under production. The Grad Tracker tool uses the “ABCs” indicators to identify kids at risk for school failure and measures whether elementary and middle school students are on track to graduate on time from high school.

Changing Tires En Route: Michigan Rolls Out Millions in School Improvement Grants from the Center on Education Progress. This study examines Michigan’s early implementation of the ARRA School Improvement Grant funds, including how many and what type of schools are receiving funding, the school improvement models being implemented, and the type of assistance provided by the state and districts to help improve low-performing schools. The report includes case studies on three SIG-participating schools: Lincoln High School (Van Dyke Public Schools), Romulus Middle School (Romulus Community School District), and Phoenix Multi-Cultural Academy (Detroit Public Schools).

Early State Implementation of Title I School Improvement Grants Under the Recovery Act also from the Center on Education Progress. This report is based on surveys of state education officials and offers a baseline understanding of how increased funding and new requirements have impacted the number and types of schools served by the School Improvement Grant program.  It also looks at how state education agencies are using these funds to assist low-performing schools.

The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This study shows that most of the 17 urban school districts that participated in the 2009 science assessment scored lower than the national average for public school students.

Breaking New Ground: Data Systems Transform Family Engagement in Education from the National Parent Teacher Association and the Harvard Family Research Project. This issue brief finds that parents would value a data-driven discussion with their child’s teacher more than a family reading night event.

Parents’ Guide to Student Success from the National Parent Teacher Association. This publication offer guides outlining what parents should know about the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and math at each grade level and how the new benchmarks may prepare students for college and careers.

Hunger in Our Schools: Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report from Share our Strength. This report finds that Two-thirds of K-8 teachers (65%) say that most or a lot of their students rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition.

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