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December 10, 2010 11:41 am

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A First Look at the Common Core and College and Career Readiness from ACT. This report concludes that most students have far to go before they master the skills and knowledge outlined in the new common standards.

The American School Superintendent: 2010 Decennial Study from the American Association of School Administrators. According to this study, despite the increasingly diverse set of superintendents’ responsibilities and the student achievement pressures placed upon them, the job satisfaction of superintendents remains high.

Conflicting Missions and Unclear Results: Lessons from the Education Stimulus Funds from the Bellwether Education Partners. This report questions how much schools have improved as a result of the more-than $100 billion in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better by McKinsey & Company. This report provides an analysis of global school systems and identifies the reform elements that are replicable for school systems everywhere as well as what it really takes to achieve significant, sustained, and widespread gains in student outcomes.

You’re Leaving? Succession and Sustainability in Charter Schools by the National Charter School Research Project,Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington.  According to this report, seventy-one percent of charter school leaders say they plan to leave within five years and the turnover rate for leaders of charter schools is similar to, or lower than, the rate for traditional public school principals.

Considerations For Developing Test Specifications For Common Core Assessments by Pearson. This paper was developed to help guide U.S. education leaders as they develop large-scale summative assessments based on the new Common Core State Standards.

Measuring Success by Degrees: The Status of College Completion in SREB States by the Southern Regional Education Board. According to this study, the Southern Regional Education Board’s 16-state region has nearly caught up with the nation in the percentage of recent high school graduates who enroll in college but many students never make it that far and too many students who start two- and four-year degrees and certificates do not finish them.

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