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Report Round-Up: September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010 09:36 pm

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Report_Round-Up[1]The Federal Role in Confronting the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy
from the Alliance for Excellent Education. This report calls for the federal government needs to substantially step up its role in promoting strong literacy skills at the middle and high school levels.

Segregation and Exposure to High-Poverty Schools in Large Metropolitan Areas: 2008-09 from study by faculty at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. The report ranks racial/ethnic segregation and exposure to high-poverty schools for public, primary school students in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, revealing that black and Hispanic children attend very different schools than do white children and are disproportionately concentrated in high-poverty schools.

Closing the talent gap: Attracting and retaining top-third graduates to careers in teaching by Byron Auguste, Paul Kihn, and Matt Miller of McKinsey & Company. This report examines teaching programs and strategies in some of the world’s best-performing nations and seeks to outline how adapting those strategies for practice in the United States might reap enormous benefits for the U.S. economy.

A Stronger Nation through Higher Education from the Lumina Foundation for Education. This report shows that at a time when the United States urgently needs to increase the number of Americans who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential, the rate of higher education attainment has barely moved.

100 Best Communities for Young People from the America’s Promise Alliance. This is a list of the 100 best communities nationwide for youth, a ranking that includes dropout prevention efforts as a key factor.

Education Pays 2010: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society from the College Board. Like the original 2004 edition and the 2007 edition, this report documents the returns both individual students and society as a whole receive from investments in higher education.

Social Policy Report: Review of Three Recent Randomized Trials of School-Based Mentoring from the Society for Research in Child Development. This report finds that school mentoring programs can improve a student’s attendance at and connection to school, but the sporadic and short-lived mentoring that is often associated with school-based programs, as opposed to community-based ones, could harm students.

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