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Report Round-Up: October 7, 2011

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October 07, 2011 03:24 pm

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Here is a round-up of this week’s education-related reports!

“A System Approach to Building a World-Class Teaching Profession: The Role of Induction” Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the New Teacher Center held a briefing on October 4 for a discussion about the role of states and districts in supporting new teachers through comprehensive induction. This new Alliance policy brief was released at the event that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system.

Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice Civil Rights Project University of California-Los Angeles
This report finds that Black and Hispanic students are far more likely to be kicked out of school when they break the rules, including some that often have nothing to do with keeping students safe, according to a new report from a civil rights research and advocacy group. Education Week reported school discipline records are too often seen as a measure of how safe a school is and not often enough as a gauge of how healthy a school is academically. Analyzing 2006 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights, Mr. Losen found that more than 28 percent of African-American middle school boys had been suspended at least once, compared with 10 percent of white males nationwide. For girls, it was 18 percent of black students, compared with 4 percent of white students.

Trends in Chicago’s Schools Across Three Eras of Reform: Full Report Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago

This study looks back at nearly 20 years of data on Chicago’s public schools suggests that changes in standards and in test-taking and data-reporting policies over time have led to misconceptions about the city’s progress in improving school and student performance. Trends in Chicago’s Schools Across Three Eras of Reform finds that Chicago Public Schools has experienced tremendous growth in graduation rates over the past 20 years, but learning gains have been modest. The report tracks elementary and high school test scores and graduation rates in Chicago since 1988, when U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett proclaimed the city’s public schools to be the worst in the nation.

Dropout Prevention Services and Programs in Public School Districts: 2010-11 U.S. Department of Education
This report provides national estimates about dropout prevention services and programs in public school districts. The estimates presented in this report are based on a district survey about dropout prevention services and programs offered by the district or by any of the schools in the district during the 2010–11 school year. The report founds that most high school districts offer some sort of dropout prevention program. The majority of high schools (approximately 8 in 10) offer services such as tutoring and remediation classes for students who have fallen behind, but less than half of school districts offer an after-school program for high school students at risk of not graduating.

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