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January 14, 2011 10:37 am

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How Well Are American Students Learning? from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute.  This report tackles the question – How well does the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) match up with the Common Core standards in mathematics?

Quality Counts from Education Week. This report grades states based on their education and performance and policy. It finds that although economists have officially declared the “Great Recession” to be over, the nation and states continue to struggle back from the most severe economic downturn in generations and face new challenges in delivering a high-quality education to all students.

School Passports: Making the Stimulus Pay Off for Students and State Budgetsfrom the Foundation for Educational Choice. This report proposes a school voucher alternative to federal reform programs like Race to the Top that would provide some relief to cash-strapped states. The initiative would provide thousands of students the opportunity to attend private schools, effectively lowering public school enrollment and reducing state aid obligations.

State of Homelessness in America 2011 from the National Alliance to End Homelessness. This comprehensive examination reveals national and state level homeless counts, as well as, economic indicators and demographic drivers – taking an in-depth look at risk factors for homelessness.

Jockeying for Position: Strategic High School Choice Under Texas’ Top Ten Percent Plan from the National Bureau of Economic Research.  According to this report, as many as 25 percent of young people in Texas select a high school based on whether they are likely to graduate with a class rank high enough to guarantee them admission to any Texas public college under the state’s “top-10-percent plan.”

Stretching the School Dollar: A Brief for State Policymakers from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Although some education analysts have questioned whether school reform can proceed at a time of economic troubles and diminishing state and federal dollars, this study argues that reform can be the most significant step that states and school districts can take toward securing more savings.

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