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Report Round-Up: March 23, 2012

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March 23, 2012 07:47 pm

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Building a Grad Nation- America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education
Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University

This report addresses each state, the District of Columbia, as well as the nation’s graduation rates and finds that overall the graduation rate for the United States has risen to 75 percent. Researchers also found that the number of “dropout factories,” schools that fail to graduate more than 60 percent of students on time, had dropped by more than 450 between 2002 and 2010, but that 1,550 remain.

State Implementation and Perceptions of Title I School Improvement Grants under the Recovery Act: One Year Later Center for Education Policy

Based on a winter 2011-12 survey of state directors of the federal Title I program, this report examines the first year of state implementation of the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.  It focuses on state processes for renewing the SIG awards made for school year 2010-11, state assistance to schools, and general perceptions of the ARRA SIG program requirements. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia participated in the survey.

Opportunities and Obstacles: Implementing Stimulus-Funded School Improvement Grants in Maryland, Michigan, and Idaho Center for Education Policy

This report examines the implementation of the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program by drawing on research conducted in three states, seven school districts, and 11 schools — including schools that were eligible for but did not receive a SIG award. The study looks at how the federal program requirements are working within the state and local context, the progress made during the first year of the three-year grant implementation, and the different approaches being used to improve student achievement in schools that received SIG funds compared to schools that were eligible for but did not receive grants.

Competing for School Improvement Dollars Center for American Progress

This report for the Center for American Progress finds that states have gone a bunch of different directions in giving districts money through the federal School Improvement Grant program, the largest national effort yet to turn around the nation’s lowest-performing schools. The report takes a closer look at state grant-making strategies for federal school improvement dollars and reviews the way in which state funding practices for school improvement have changed as a result of the updated SIG requirements.

How teacher turnover harms student achievement Center for Longitudinal Data

This study finds that when teachers leave schools, overall morale appears to suffer enough that student achievement declines—both for those taught by the departed teachers and by students whose teachers stayed put. Using a unique identification strategy that employs grade-level turnover and two classes of fixed-effects models, this study estimates the effects of teacher turnover on over 850,000 New York City 4th and 5th grade student observations over eight years.

U.S. Education Reform and National Security Council on Foreign Affairs

This report concludes that United States’ failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country’s ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role. It is cosponsored by the Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security. Additionally, it noes that while the United States invests more in K-12 public education than many other developed countries, its students are ill prepared to compete with their global peers.

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