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January 28, 2011 05:26 pm

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Return on Educational Investment from the Center for American Progress. This resource applies business thinking to school districts’ spending and academic achievement and presents a district-by-district analysis of “educational productivity” by measuring academic achievement outcomes relative to education spending.

The State of Communities of Color in the U.S. Economy from Diverse Issues in Higher Education. This report documents that minorities continue to lag behind Whites in homeownership and economic security while reporting higher rates of unemployment and foreclosures.

School Breakfast Scorecard: School Year 2009-2010 from the Food Research and Action Center. This report finds that roughly 1.2 million more low-income children ate a free or reduced-price school lunch each day during SY 2009-10 compared to the prior school year, while 663,000 more low-income students received a free or reduced-price breakfast every day during the same time period.

Teacher Professional Learning in the United States: Case Studies of State Policies and Strategies from Learning Forward. According to this study, four states with above-average participation in professional development share common structures and strategies for teachers’ on-the-job training however there’s no causal data to link the approaches to professional development in Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey and Vermont to their higher student achievement.

The Degree Qualifications Profile from the Lumina Foundation for Education. These profiles are intended to establish, in more specific ways than has historically been the case, what the recipients of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees (regardless of discipline) should know and be able to do.

The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009 from the National Assessment for Educational Progress. This report finds that most American students are not performing at a level deemed “proficient” in science. Thirty-four percent of fourth-graders, 30 percent of eighth-graders, and 21 percent of twelfth-graders performed at or above the Proficient level.

More than Measurement: The TAP System’s Lessons Learned for Designing Better Teacher Evaluation Systems from theNational Institute for Excellence in Teaching. This report illustrates ten key recommendations for getting teacher evaluation right. The lessons are drawn from NIET’s signature initiative, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.

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