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Report Round-up: June 1, 2012

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June 01, 2012 06:43 pm

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Report Round-up! Here are some of the reports that caught our eye this week. Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Look “Under the Hood” of Teacher Evaluation in 10 Sites – ConnCan, 50Can, and Public Impact
This report highlights 10 of the most talked-about teacher evaluation systems nationally: Delaware; Rhode Island; Tennessee; Hillsborough County, FL; Houston, TX; New Haven, CT; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; Achievement First (a charter management organization, or CMO); and the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. The report contains a brief, cross-site analysis, 10 detailed profiles, and an appendix of documents that were used to build the evaluation systems.

Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core: How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost? – The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics represent a sea change in standards-based reform and their implementation is the movement’s next—and greatest—challenge. Yet, while most states have now set forth implementation plans, these tomes seldom address the crucial matter of cost. Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core: How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost? estimates the implementation cost for each of the forty-five states (and the District of Columbia) that have adopted the Common Core State Standards and shows that costs naturally depend on how states approach implementation. Authors Patrick J. Murphy of the University of San Francisco and Elliot Regenstein of EducationCounsel LLC illustrate this with three models.”

NMC Horizon Project Preview 2012 K-12 Edition – The New Media Consortium
This report examines some digital technology techniques and strategies and separates them by how long it would take schools and education systems to adopt them. Topics like mobile apps, personalized learning environments, and natural user interfaces are all considered.

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