June 03, 2011 02:23 pm
What Savings are Produced by Moving to a Four-Day School Week? from theEducation Commission of the States. This paper finds that approximately 120 districts in 17 states have made the move to a four-day school week but asks the question — what cost savings, if any, are produced?
Envisioning New Directions in Teacher Evaluation from EdSource. This report explains the complex relationship between California policy on teacher evaluation and local practice, describes the broad agreement on criticisms of current evaluation systems and calls for reform, and offers examples of work being done around the state to create new approaches to evaluation.
Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt low-Income Studentsfrom Ed Trust. This report argues that the price of college for low-income students is still far too high at the vast majority of institutions, based on how much the students are expected to pay after financial aid is exhausted. The report looked for colleges where at least 30% of students were eligible for Pell Grants and the graduation rate was at least 50%.
An Appeal to All Americans from the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education. This report urges nonprofit organizations to redouble their efforts and investments in public schools.