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Author(s):Boser, U., and Rosenthal, L.
Title:Do schools challenge our students? What student surveys tell us about the state of education in the United States
Organization:Center for American Progress
Short Description:You might think that the nation’s teenagers are drowning in schoolwork. But when the Center for American Progress recently examined a federal survey of students in elementary and high schools around the country, they found the opposite: Many students are not being challenged in school.
Annotation:You might think that the nation’s teenagers are drowning in schoolwork. Images of sullen students buried in textbooks often grace the covers of popular parenting magazines, while well-heeled suburban teenagers often complain they have to work the hours of a corporate lawyer in order to finish their school projects and homework assignments. But when the Center for American Progress recently examined a federal survey of students in elementary and high schools around the country, they found the opposite: Many students are not being challenged in school.
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Making the move: Transition strategies at California schools with high graduation rates
Getting better at teacher preparation and state accountability: Strategies, innovations, and challenges under the federal race to the top program
Chartering equity: Using charter school legislation and policy to advance equal educational opportunity
Taking action for America: A CEO plan for jobs and economic growth: A skilled, prepared workforce
Competing for school improvement dollars: State grant-making strategies
Rethinking higher education business models: Steps toward a disruptive innovation approach to understanding and improving higher education outcomes
Third grade literacy policies: Identification, intervention, retention
Aid and innovation: How federal financial aid policy impacts student success and how states can respond
The nation's report card: Science 2011
Increasing online learning options for K-12 students: The role of school districts
Putting a price tag on the Common Core: How much will smart implementation cost?
Suggested practices to improve educational outcomes of children living in foster care: Recommendations for school districts
Scaling and sustaining: State progress in the developmental education initiative
Bringing business analytics to the college campus: Using fiscal metrics to steer innovation in postsecondary educations
Breaking schools' rules: A statewide study of how school discipline relates to students' success and juvenile justice involvement
The mission of the high school: a new consensus of the purposes of public education?
The midwest challenge: Matching jobs with education in the post-recession economy
The relevance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the college completion agenda
From remediation to acceleration: Early lessons from two Philadelphia back on track schools
Innovation at scale: How Virginia community colleges are collaborating to improve developmental education and increase student success
Different approaches to dual enrollment: Understanding program features and their implications
The nation's report card: Findings in brief: Reading and mathematics 2011: National assessment of educational progress at grades 4 and 8
Emotional and behavioral disorders: Promoting prevention and positive interventions in school settings
Up for grabs: The gains and prospects of first- and second generation young adults
Pathway to recovery: Implementing a back on track through college model
Overlooked and underpaid: How Title 1 shortchanges high schools, and what ESEA can do about it
The high school longitudinal study of 2009: A first look at Fall 2009 ninth graders
Unlocking doors and expanding opportunity: Moving beyond the limiting reality of college and career readiness in California high schools
Percentage of states with alignment between K-12 and higher education standards
Measuring the education pipeline: Critical data elements indicating readiness, transition and success
Don't count us out: How an overreliance on accountability could undermine the public's confidence in schools, business, government and more
Double jeopardy: How third-grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation
Making every diploma count: Using extended-year graduation rates to measure student success
Shifting trends in special education
Affirming the goal: Is college and career readiness an internationally competitive standard?
Veteran's education benefits: Enhanced guidance and collaboration could improve administration of the Post-911 GI Bill program
A portrait of school improvement grantees
Stuck schools revisited: Beneath the averages
Public school graduates and dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School year 2008-09
Education watch 2009
College-ready students, student-ready colleges: An agenda for improving degree completion in postsecondary education
Barriers to college attainment: Lessons from Chicago
High school literacy: A quick stats fact sheet
Ready to succeed: Changing systems to give California's foster children the opportunities they deserve to be ready for and succeed in school
1.5 Million homeschooled students in the United States in 2007
Transforming statewide high school assessment systems: A guide for state policymakers
Next generation state data system: What is needed to support the next generation assessment and accountability systems
Race to the top: Promising approaches to achieving teacher-related goals
Realizing the promise: How state policy can support alternative certification programs
Education Equality Project
The nation's report card: NAEP 2008: Trends in academic progress
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Center on Reinventing Public Education
National opportunity to learn campaign: State data and analysis
A critical mission: Making adolescent reading an immediate priority in SREB states
Facts for education advocates
Creating postsecondary pathways to good jobs for young high school dropouts: The possibilities and the challenges
College tools for schools
Creating change one step at a time: Efforts to improve college access and success in Indiana
From No Child Left Behind to Every Child a Graduate
Career and technical education in the United States: 1990-2005
Given half a chance: The Schott 50 state report on public education and black males
When girls don't graduate, we all fail
State indicators of science and mathematics education: 2007
50-state analysis of the preparation of teachers and the conditions for teaching: Results from the NCES schools and staffing survey
Making sense of data-driven decision making in education
Indiana's K-12 STEM Ed Report Card
The status of African Americans in engineering: Confronting the "new" American dilemma
The connection strategy: Preparing young people to succeed in college and beyond
Parent expectations and planning for college: Statistical analysis report
Redesigning the ninth-grade experience: Reduce failure, improve achievement, and increase high school graduation rates
No Excuses University Network
The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2009
Educational equity profiles: Practical leadership tools for equitable and excellent schools
BC AVID: Early Implementation Report -- Executive Summary
Using student achievement data to support instructional decision making
Making high school students into "college material"
Moving beyond AYP: High school performance indicators
The misplaced math student: Lost in eighth-grade Algebra
The state of learning disabilities 2009
How many schools have not made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act?
Preparing students for college and career: Linked learning in California
Focusing on the essentials for college and career readiness: Policy implications of the ACT national curriculum survey results 2009
Current challenges and opportunities in preparing rural high school students for success in college and careers: What federal policymakers need to know
Building and using longitudianal data systems for effective reporting and to improve student achievement
Education reform starts early: Lessons from New Jersey's PreK-3rd reform efforts
The high cost of low educational performance: The long-run economic impact of improving PISA outcomes
Going to scale with high-quality early education: Choices and consequences in universal pre-Kindergarten efforts
Effective preschool curricula and teaching strategies
Childcare and early childhood education: More information sharing and program review by HHS could enhance access for families with limited English proficiency
Standards for quality online teaching
The progress of education reform: Dual enrollment
Dual enrollment of high school students at postsecondary institutions: 2002-03
Primary progress, secondary challenge
Getting ready for college: What student engagement data can tell us
The relationship between advanced placement and college graduation
Indian students and college preparation
What role can dual enrollment programs play in easing the transition between high school and postsecondary education
Effects of students’ middle school and high school experiences on completion of the bachelor’s degree: How can school counselors make a difference?
Bridging the widest gap: Raising the achievement of Black boys
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2005 status report
Encouraging news for college bound foster youth
The governance divide: A report on a four-state study on improving college readiness and success
Pathways to college access and success
Enriching the high school curriculum through postsecondary credit-based transition programs
Success for All Foundation
Helping equip teachers to answer students' questions on college knowledge
National Indian education study part I: The performance of American Indian and Alaska Native fourth- and eighth-grade students on NAEP 2005 reading and mathematics assessments
Latest ACT National Curriculum Survey® shows lack of content alignment between high school and college
Relationships between students' high school and middle school experiences and later completion of a Bachelor's degree
In need of improvement: NCLB & high schools
Emerging evidence on improving high school graduation and improvement rates: The effects of four popular improvement programs
NCLB and high schools
School Redesign Network
A state leader's action guide to 21st century skills
The turnaround challenge: Why America's best opportunity to dramatically improve student achievement lies in our worst-performing schools
Education Commission of the States: Research studies database
Academic competitiveness grants
Into the eye of the storm: Assessing the evidence on science and engineering education, quality, and workforce demand
Supporting ninth-grade students to achieve in high school and preparing seniors for postsecondary education and a career
The state role in accelerating student growth in low-performing high schools
SREB states lead the nation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs
The nation's report card: Mathematics 2007
The nation's report card: Reading 2007
Growing awareness, growing support: Teacher and voter understanding of the common core state standards and assessments
No child left behind waivers: Promising ideas from second round applications
Development, discouragement, or diversion? New evidence on the effects of college remediation
"I came in unsure of everything": Community college shifts in students' confidence
"They never told me what to expect, so I didn't know what to do": Defining and clarifying the role of a community college student
A dozen facts about k-12 education
Staying in school: A proposal to raise high school graduation rates
Collegiate remediation: A review of the causes and consequences
Challenge the status quo: Academic success among school-age African-American males
Middle skills jobs and the growing importance of postsecondary education
High school improvement: Indicators of effectiveness and school-level benchmarks
Raising the bar: Aligning and elevating teacher preparation and the teaching profession
The role of community-based organizations in the college access and success movement
Cornerstones of completion: State policy support for accelerated, structured pathways to college credentials and transfer
Forgotten youth: Re-engaging students through dropout recovery
The first year of high school
College and career development organizer
A systemic approach to implementing response to intervention in three Colorado high schools
Progress of education reform: Producing quality credentials: Why data and analytics matter
Undergraduate teaching faculty: The 2010-11 HERI faculty survey
Graduating to a pay gap: The earnings of women and men one year after college graduation
One in seven: Ranking youth disconnection in the 25 largest metro areas
Advancing civic learning and engagement in democracy: A road map and call to action
Overcoming the poverty challenge to enable college and career readiness for all: The crucial role of student supports
Teacher voices: Teachers talk about some of the big problems they face in the classroom and how these impede student learning
Preparing students to transition from high school to college: A review of the perceptions surrounding college and the challenges students face as they prepare for their collegiate experience
Measuring nontraditional student success: An imperative for colleges and universities
The state of Latinos in the United States: Although the growing population has experienced marked success, barriers remain
21st Century skills map
Diverse charter schools: Can racial and socioeconomic integration promote better outcomes for students?
College rewired: Innovative approaches help higher education connect to productivity
Indiana's best buys: An in-depth look at Hoosier high schools
New directions in enhancing educational results: Policymakers' guide to restructuring student support resources to address barriers to learning (guidebook)
Rethinking high school: Preparing students for success in college, career, and life
Setting the '08 education agenda for the nation: Education as an engine for regional economic and workforce development
2007 College-bound seniors: Total group profile report
Getting students to meet challenging academic and career goals: Involving school mentors, parents, and community leaders
Five academic reasons why state virtual schools are important to your state
Early college high school initiative: Brochure (2007)
Quality counts 2008: Indiana report
Organizing instruction and study to improve student learning
Are public schools really losing their "best"? Assessing the career transitions of teachers and their implications for the quality of the teacher workforce
Do support services at community colleges encourage success or reproduce disadvantage?
Remediation in the community college: An evaluator's perspective
Promoting academic momentum at community colleges: Challenges and opportunities
Overcoming obstacles, optimizing opportunities: State policies to increase postsecondary attainment for low-skilled adults
Missouri guidance and placement lessons: Applying employment readiness skills and the skills for on-the-job success
A Better Chance.org
Using student engagement to improve adolescent literacy
Results that matter: Twenty-first century skills and high school reform
American Indian and Alaska Native students in U.S. high schools
Asian Pacific Islander American Students and U.S. high schools
ACT high school profile report: The graduating class of 2007 (National)
No Child Left Behind: State report card 2005-2006
Educational programs and projects that address the needs of low-income students
The postsecondary educational experiences of high school career and technical education concentrators: Selected results from the NELS: 88/2000 Postsecondary education transcript study
LearnMore Indiana 2006-07 report: Results of Indiana's career and college information survey of students in grades 9 and 11
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; California state report
Comprehensive School Reform Quality Center
Toward ensuring a smooth transition into high school
Managing the transition to ninth grade in a comprehensive urban school
College is possible: A guide for undocumented students
Digest of education statistics: 2006
Closing the expectations gap 2007: An annual 50-state progress report on the alignment of high school policies with the demands of college and work
Dropout prevention for students with disabilities: A critical issue for state education agencies
Education watch Indiana: Key education facts and figures 2006
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures 2004
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures 2006
Graduation matters: Improving accountability for high school graduation
QualityCore™: Every student deserves to be ready for college
Differential grading standards among high schools
Expanding learning time in high schools
Accelerated learning for all
Rigor at risk: Reaffirming quality in the high school core curriculum
Quality counts 2007: From cradle to career: Connecting education from birth through adulthood (Indiana state report)
Realizing the college dream (English and Spanish versions)
Aligned expectations: A closer look at college admissions and placement tests
Derechos Humanos: Los Derechos Humanos y Derechos Laborales de los Inmigrantes Latinos en los Estados Unidos (The human rights and labor rights of the Latin immigrants in the United States)
Preparing for college
Appropriate use of high stakes testing in our schools: How should student learning and achievement be measured
Dollars and sense II: Lessons from good, cost-effective small schools
The silent epidemic: Perspectives of high school dropouts
Involving families in high school and college expectations
Public high school graduation and college-readiness rates: 1991-2002
The 2003 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning?
It's kind of different: Student experiences in two early college high schools
Indiana Core 40 Scholars Initiative fact sheet
Getting ready to pay for college: What students and their parents know about the cost of college tuition and what they are doing to find out
Every child a graduate: A framework for an excellent education for all middle and high school students
Beyond high school: Improving transition programs for postsecondary education
Education for foster children: Removing barriers to academic success
Model college-preparatory curriculum
High school curriculum, diplomas, and SAT Scores: How high school curriculum and diploma choices relate to SAT scores and college choice
How curriculum influences college persistence in Indiana and the nation
Closing the gap: High achievement for students of color
Choosing to improve: Voices from colleges and universities with better graduation rates
Under-prepared community college students: Implications of attitudinal and experiential differences
The American diploma project: Overview of research
How do career interventions impact the educational choices of eighth-grade students
Schools to watch
Improving literacy outcomes for English language learners in high school: Considerations for states and districts in developing a coherent policy framework
Reading to achieve: A governor's guide to adolescent literacy
A profile of the American high school sophomore in 2002
Fair test: Schools that do not use SAT or ACT scores for admitting substantial numbers of students into Bachelor's degree program
Miles to go: Louisiana
Getting there–and beyond: Building a culture of college-going in high schools
ACT national curriculum survey, 2005–2006
Improving college readiness and success for all students: A joint responsibility between K-12 and postsecondary education
Transitioning adults to college: Adult basic education program models
Charter high schools: Closing the achievement gap
Achievement gaps: An examination of differences in student achievement and growth
Closing educational achievement gaps for Latino/a students in Utah
Helping students make good decisions and act on them: The real meaning of guidance and advisement
Pre-K and Latinos: The foundation for America's future
Why the crisis in adolescent literacy demands a national response
Educational vouchers for universal preschools
Benefits of a high school core curriculum
Double the work: Challenges and solutions to acquiring academic literacy for adolescent English language learners
On the cusp in California: How PreK-3rd strategies could improve education in the Golden State
Interventions to support readiness, recruitment, access, transition, and retention for postsecondary education success: An equity of opportunity policy and practice analysis
Removing roadblocks to rigor: Linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success: Executive summary
Features of state response to intervention initatives in Northeast and Islands Region states
Insuring college failure risk
Top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2010
Deloitte 2009 education survey overview: Redefining high school as a launch pad
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: A guide for America's leaders
High school career academies: A 40-year proven model for improving college and career readiness
Postsecondary preparation and remediation: Examining the effect of the early assessment program at California State University
How much growth toward college readiness is reasonable to expect in high school?
High school remediation
Bitter pill, better formula: Toward a single, fair, and equitable formula for ESEA Title 1, Part A
Transforming schools to meet the needs of students: Improving school quality and increasing learning time in ESEA
How state education agencies support data-driven decision-making in districts and schools
Closing the expectations gap 2010
Stuck schools: A framework for identifying schools where students need change--now!
Improving low-performing schools: Lessons from five years of studying school restructuring under No Child Left Behind
A closer look at the principal-counselor relationship: A survey of principals and counselors
IPEDS Data Center
College readiness for the 21st century: A blog on college readiness in practice and policy
U.S. performance across international assessments of student achievement: Special supplement to The Condition of Education 2009
Bringing off-track youth into the center of high school reform: Lessons and tools from leading communities
No accounting for fairness: Equitable education funding remains elusive in Ohio
NAEP Mathematics 2009 state snapshot reports
Why stop after high school?: A descriptive analysis of the most important reasons that high school graduates do not continue to PSE
Redefining college readiness
National education standards: Getting beneath the surface
The next generation of school accountability: A blueprint for raising high school achievement and graduation rates in SREB states
Between two worlds: How young Latinos come of age in America
Linking secondary and postsecondary systems: Lessons from Indiana
Raising boys' achievement
College For Every Student
Opening doors to postsecondary education and training: Planning for life after high school
More student success: A systemic solution
Crafting a new vision for high school: How states can join academic and technical studies to promote more powerful learning
Big ideas dropout prevention strategies: Check and Connect
Achievement and attainment in Chicago charter schools
Race matters: Unequal opportunities in education
Condition of education 2008
Federal Education Budget Project
The impact of postsecondary remediation using a regression discontinuity approach: Addressing endogenous sorting and noncompliance
ETS Policy Notes: Addressing achievement gaps: The language acquisition and educational achievement of English-language learners
The Pangloss Index: How states game the No Child Left Behind Act
I-STEM Resource Network
An early alert system for remediation needs of entering community college students: Leveraging the California standards test
Indiana Partnerships Center
The building blocks of success: Higher-level math for all students
Using early-warning data to improve graduation rates: Closing cracks in the education system
One-in-five and growing fast: A profile of Hispanic public school students
The poor and the rich: A look at economic stratification and academic performance among undergraduate students in the United States
College access and success state data
Measuring and improving the effectiveness of high school teachers
College credit in high school: Access and success for low-income and minority students
State policies on student transitions: Results of a 50-state inventory
Removing the roadblocks: Fair college opportunities for all California students
Why high stakes accountability sounds good but doesn't work - And why we keep on doing it anyway
Improving accountability in public education
Can the American high school become an avenue of advancement for all?
Growing pains in the advanced placement program: Do tough trade-offs lie ahead?
Smart options: Investing the recovery funds for student success
Funding dual credit programs: What do we know? What should we know?
Squeeze play 2009: The public's views on college costs today
Grade retention: Achievement and mental health outcomes
Diplomas count 2008 (Indiana state report): School to college: Can P-16 councils ease the transition
The Condition of Latinos in education: 2008 Factbook
The transformative individual school counseling model: An accountability model for urban school counselors
A stronger nation through higher education: How and why Americans must meet a "big goal" for college attainment
Changes in Graduation Rates by State (Progress and Challenge Indexes)
Closing the expectations gap 2009: Fourth annual 50-state progress report on the alignment of high school policies with the demands of college and careers
The economic impact of the achievement gap in America's schools
The challenge to the states: Preserving college access and affordability in a time of crisis
Improving student success by strengthening developmental education in community colleges: The role of state policy
Digest of education statistics 2010, and mini-digest of education statistics 2010
Numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools from the common core of data: School year 2009-10 first look
The federal comprehensive school reform program and school turnaround: Key evaluation findings
The educational experience of young men of color: Federal legal implications and policy guidance
US Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection
Gender inequalities in education
Parent involvement and extended learning activities in school improvement plans in the Midwest region
Driving innovation from the middle: Middle-skill jobs in the American South's economy
New school year brings steep cuts in state funding for schools
A state policymaker's guide to expanding learning time
Designing common assessments to be measures of college and career readiness: Challenges and opportunities
What savings are produced by moving to a four-day school week?
Linking costs and postsecondary degrees: Key issues for policymakers
Title I and high schools: Addressing the needs of disadvantaged students at all grade levels
Saving now and saving later: How high school reform can reduce the nation's wasted remediation dollars
NSSE Annual results 2011: Fostering student engagement campuswide
Completing the mission: A pilot study of veteran students' progress toward degree attainment in the post 9/11 era
Increasing teacher diversity: Strategies to improve the teacher workforce
Leveraging service blueprinting to rethink higher education
Ramp-up to Readiness
Getting it right: Crafting federal accountability for higher student performance and a stronger America
Common core state standards alignment
2011 College-bound seniors: Total group profile report
Whose schools? Our schools! Get involved: An action guide for parent participation in education
Assessing deeper learning
Caught in the crisis: Students with disabilities in U.S. high schools
Learning at a distance: Undergraduate enrollment in distance education courses and degree programs
The condition of education 2012 (Website)
Using dual enrollment policy to improve college & career readiness: A web tool for decision makers
An undeveloped national resource: The unrealized potential of the nation's career/technical centers
Promoting quality individualized learning plans: A "how to guide" focused on the high school years
Certificates: Gateway to gainful employment and college degrees
Professional college knowledge: Re-envisioning how we prepare our college readiness workforce
Digest of Education Statistics 2011
End-of-course exams
What we know about dual enrollment
Easing the transition from combat to classroom: Preserving America's investment in higher education for military veterans through institutional assessment
Sending veterans to school: Fast facts on the post-9/11 GI Bill
Tying funding to community college outcomes: Models, tools, and recommendations for states
Do race/ethnicity-based student achievement gaps grow over time?
Building a grad nation: Progress and challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic (2012 Update)
Opportunities and obstacles: Implementing stimulus-funded school improvement grants in Maryland, Michigan, and Idaho
Opportunity road: The promise and challenge of America's forgotten youth
Meeting the STEM workforce demand: Accelerating math learning among students interested in STEM
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 5: Progress lags in high school, especially for advanced achievers
A new mission for the middle-grades: Preparing students for a changing world
Transforming education in America
The nation's report card: Trial urban district assessment reading 2011
Improving the odds for failing schools
The digital learning imperative: How technology and teaching meet today's education challenges
The role of minority-serving institutions in redefining and improving developmental education
Committing to quality: Guidelines for assessment and accountability in higher education
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
Issues facing historically black colleges and unversities: Results of a focused discussion and survey
Bullying and open enrollment
A matter of degrees: Promising practices for community college student success
Building roads to success: Key considerations for communities and states reconnecting youth to education
False impression: How a widely stated study vastly overstates the benefits of charter schools
Charter schools that work: Economically integrated schools with teacher voice
Disrupting college: How disruptive innovation can deliver quality and affordability to postsecondary education
Assessing developmental assessment in community colleges
After the bell: What do we want our afterschool programs to do?
Online learning: Does it help low-income and underprepared students?
Profiting from health care: The role of for-profit schools in training the health care workforce
Breaking barriers: Plotting the path to academic success for school-age african-american males
Closing the expectations gap 2011
Presidential perspectives: The 2011 Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents
Buying college: What consumers need to know
Education as a data-driven enterprise: A primer for leaders in business, philanthropy, and education
Innovations in developmental math: Community colleges enhance support for nontraditional students
Get with the program: Accelerating community college students' entry into and completion of programs of study
Shut out of the military: Today's high school education doesn't mean you're ready for today's army
Unconventional wisdom: A profile of the graduates of early college high school
Early college graduates: Adapting, thriving, and leading in college
Improving teacher quality: Here's how (guidebook)
Cracks in the ivory tower? The views of education professors circa 2010
Underperforming schools and the education of vulnerable children
A stronger nation through higher education: Why Americans must achieve a "big goal" for college attainment
Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California community colleges
The return on the federal investment in for-profit education: Debt without a diploma
How increasing college access is increasing inequality, and what to do about it
Housing policy is school policy: Economically integrative housing promotes academic success in Montgomery County, Maryland
Improving Hispanic achievement: Implications for state policy
Measuring adequate yearly progress: What "other" factors besides reading and math
Student progression through developmental sequences in community colleges
Divided we fail in LA: Improving completion and closing racial gaps in the Los Angeles community college district
State high school tests: Exit exams and other assessments
Not prepared for class: High poverty schools continue to have fewer in-field teachers
Education and achievement: A focus on Latino "immigrant" children
America after 3pm: Special report on summer: Missed opportunities, unmet demand
2010 College-bound seniors: Total group profile report
Student mobility in rural and nonrural districts in five Central region states
The condition of college and career readiness 2010
Response to Instruction (RtI) guidance document
The opportunity illusion: Subsidized housing and failing schools in California
The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report
Rebalancing the mission: The community college completion challenge
The rising price of inequality: How inadequate grant aid limits college access and persistence
Working with teachers to develop fair and reliable measures of effective teaching
Understanding costs of credit-based transition programs in Indiana
Comparing achievement between K-8 and middle schools: A large empirical study
College for Every Student (CFES): Assessment of student outcomes 2007-08
Breaking the habit of low performance: Successful school restructuring stories
Strengthening partnerships and building public will for out-of-school time programs
Center on Innovation and Improvement
Increasing college success: A roadmap for governors
Alternative pathways to high school graduation: An international comparison
State test score trends through 2007-08, Part 5: Are there differences in achievement between boys and girls?
Rising to the challenge: Hispanic college graduation rates as a national priority
State R&D and k-12 STEM Education Report Cards
Beating the odds: Analysis of student performance on state assessments and NAEP: Results from the 2008-09 school year
NAEP reading 2009 state snapshot reports
Open-access colleges responsible for greatest gains in graduation rates
Impact of homework on student achievement
Expanding access and opportunity: The Washington State Achievers Program
Trends in the use of school choice: 1993-2007
Rising to the challenge: Meaningful assessment of student learning
Scaling up learning communities: The experience of six community colleges
Promoting a culture of student success: How colleges and universities are improving degree completion
Believing the College Dream (Curriculum guide for college planning)
Pathway to the baccalaureate: How one community college is helping underprepared students succeed
Achieving dramatic school improvement: An exploratory study
Time for learning: Education policy whitepaper
Postsecondary education and training as we know it is not enough: Why we need to leaven postsecondary strategy with more attention to employment policy, social policy, and career and technical education in high school
Altered state: How the Virginia community college system has used Achieving the Dream to improve student success
How do middle-school grade configurations impact student achievement and behavior?
The current status of school counseling outcome research
The state of preschool 2009: State preschool yearbook
What role do school leaders play in turning around low-performing schools?
Learning connection: Providing data, resources, and tools to support student achievement
Transforming the high school experience: How New York City's new small schools are boosting student achievement and graduation rates
Funding career pathways and career pathway bridges: A federal policy toolkit for states
National Center on Intervention: RTI state database
Response to Intervention: Possibilities for service delivery at the secondary school level
RTI classification tool and resource locator
Guiding the way to higher education: Families, counselors, and communities together
FloridaCAN! Empowering communities to work alongside our schools for student success
Culturally responsive Response to Intervention
Using college admission test scores to clarify high school placement (Leading Indicators Series)
College going culture baseline expectations
ED Data Express
Effectiveness of fully online courses for college students: Response to a department of education meta-analysis
The Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Neighborhoods, and the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Student victimization in U.S. schools: Results from the 2007 school crime supplement to the national crime victimization survey
College and university commitments to student access and success: An overview of institutional postsecondary opportunity programs
Building a grad nation: Progress and challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic
Closing the college completion gap: A guidebook for the faith community
A new vision to increase the academic achievement for English language learners and immigrant students
Measuring success by degrees: The status of college completion in SREB states
College choice process of Latino undocumented students: Implications for recruitment and retention
Digital learning now! Ten elements of high quality digital learning
Dual enrollment: A strategy for educational advancement of all students
Access without equity: Longitudinal analysis of institutional stratification by race and ethnicity: 1972-2004
College success for all: How the Hidalgo independent school district is adopting early college as a district-wide strategy
Subprime opportunity: The unfulfilled promise of for-profit colleges and universities
The condition of education in brief: 2005
A return to the "Mexican room": The segregation of Arizona's English learners
Gaining ground: High schools closing the achievement gap
Which achievement gap?
Postsecondary expectations and plans for the high school senior class of 2003-04
Partnerships between community colleges and prisons: Providing workforce education and training to reduce recidivism
Taking the next step: The promise of intermediate measures for meeting postsecondary completion goals
Attendance counts: Advancing student success by reducing chronic absence
Why is college so expensive?
Who subsidizes whom? An analysis of educational costs and revenues
Greening community colleges: An environmental path to improving educational outcomes
Improving child care access to promote postsecondary success among low-income parents
Across the great divide: Perspectives of CEOs and college presidents on America's higher education and skills gap
College completion toolkit
Accelerating college readiness: Lessons from North Carolina's innovator early colleges
Ready by 21 case study: Austin, TX
The effects of student coaching in college: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student mentoring
Accountability & continuous improvement in remedial education: Getting Past Go Project
Lumina Foundation Focus: Discerning learning: Colleges find new ways to show what students know
Reauthorizing ESEA: Considerations for dropout prevention and recovery
P-20 governance
Improving undergraduate learning: Findings and policy recommendations from the SSRC-CLA longitudinal project
All accounted for: What do we want out of our afterschool & summer school programs?
Everybody ready for school: How can we ensure high quality early childhood programs?
Accounting for socioeconomic differences in delaying the transition to college
Black male student success in higher education: A report from the national black male college achievement study
Open educational resources: Tools to help 21st century students achieve their postsecondary eduation goals and keep America competitive
State responses to the increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders
The American freshman: National norms fall 2011
After the stimulus money ends: The status of state k-12 education funding and reforms
Why access matters: The community college student body
On the road to success
Adolescent literacy
Unrealized promises: Unequal access, affordability, and excellence at community colleges in Southern California
Beyond the master plan: The case for restructuring baccalaureate education in California
Experimental evidence on the effect of childhood investments on postsecondary attainment and degree completion
Advocacy in action toolkit
Challenging success: Can college degree completion be increased as states cut budgets?
For profit schools: Experiences of undercover students enrolled in online classes at selected institutions
Men of color: Ensuring the academic success of Latinos in higher education
Good policy, good practice II: Improving outcomes and productivity in higher education: A guide for policymakers
Striving for student success: A model of shared accountability
It can be done, it's being done, and here's how
State high school tests: Changes in state policies and the impact of the college and career readiness movement
The impacts of state performance funding systems on higher education institutions: Research literature review and policy implications
Meeting the STEM workforce challenge: Leveraging higher education's untapped potential to prepare tomorrow's STEM workforce
State implementation and perceptions of Title 1 school improvement grants under the Recovery Act: One year later
Student success courses and educational outcomes at Virginia community colleges
Student learning plans: Supporting every student's transition to college and career
Completion matters: The high cost of low community college graduation rates
Does more money matter? An introduction to the performance-based scholarship demonstration in California
Preparing all teachers to meet the needs of English Language Learners: Applying research to policy and practice for teacher effectiveness
Learning denied: The case for equitable access to effective teaching in California's largest school district
2012 State of the state addresses: Governors' top education issues
Raising the bar from Ready by 21 to credentialed by 26: Highlights from community and state efforts
A disruptive look at competency-based education: How the innovative use of technology will transform the college experience
Using state policies to ensure effective assessment and placement in postsecondary education
APSCU's five tenents of veteran education
What can a multifaceted program do for community college students?
NAEP Science 2011 State Snapshot Reports
Middle school counselor's guide: NOSCA's eight components of college and career readiness counseling
The economic case for higher education
Refocusing adult education on career and postsecondary success: An analysis of adult education (Title II) in WIA reauthorization proposals
Reclaiming the American Dream: Community colleges and the nation's future: A report from the 21st century commission on the future of community colleges
What are the implications of possible selves research for school counseling practice?
The effect of housing wealth on college choice: Evidence from the housing boom
Common core state standards & career and technical education: Bridging the divide between college and career readiness
Charter schools in SREB states: Critical questions and next steps for states
Using community colleges to build a STEM-skilled workforce
A parent's guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)
Test, punish, and push out: How zero tolerance and high-stakes testing funnel youth into the school to prison pipeline
Dropout prevention services and programs in public school districts: 2010-11
The college completion agenda: 2011 Progress report: Latino edition
Congressional budget action for fiscal year 2012 and its impact on education funding
Getting teacher evaluation right: A brief for policymakers
Reaching the goal: The applicability and importance of the Common Core State Standards to college and career readiness
Community college access and affordability for occupational and nontraditional students
Middle-class societies invest more in public education: A stronger middle class is associated with higher levels of spending on education
A better measure of skills gaps: Utilizing ACT skill profile and assessment data for strategic skill research
American Association of Community Colleges: Report on the 21st century initiative listening tour
Parents want to know
Higher education: Use of new data could help improve oversight of distance education
Estimating the return to college selectivity over the career using administrative earnings data
Implementing common core state standards and assessments: A workbook for state and district leaders
Putting it all together: Supporting continuous improvement in education through strategic use of data systems
State policies to improve the effectiveness of school principals
Some states still leave low-income students behind; Others make surprising gains
Debt to degree: A new way of measuring college success
Transitioning to the new high school graduation rate
After-school toolkit: TIps, techniques, and templates for improving program quality
Top ten higher education policy issues for 2011
Number of instructional days/hours in the school year
The digital revolution and higher education: College presidents, public differ on value of online education
State policies and procedures on Response to Intervention (RTI) in the Midwest region
America's Promise Alliance dropout prevention summits
Federal higher education policy and the profitable nonprofits
Ready by 21 case study: Petaluma
Institutional variation in credential completion: Evidence from Washington State Community and Technical colleges
Professional development for afterschool practitioners: The first year of the Palm Beach County Afterschool Educator Certificate program
Maximizing the promise of community schools: Streamlining wraparound services for ESEA
Spotlight on the common core state standards: What do teachers need to know?
Winning the future: Improving education for the Latino community
Legal Center for Foster Care and Education
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 - Education provisions
Mythbusting: Breaking down confidentiality and decision-making barriers to meet the education needs of children in foster care
Solving the data puzzle: A "how-to" guide on collecting and sharing information to improve educational outcomes for children in out-of-home care
Charter schools in eight states: Effects on achievement, attainment, integration, and competition
Paving the road to college: How school counselors help students succeed
Reviving the goal of an integrated society: A 21st century challenge
Doing What Works - Research based education practices online
Measuring up 2008
Flexible learning options for adult students
EPAS® state of the nation report 2007: Mathematics
Evolving No Child Left Behind
A synthesis of grade retention research: Looking backward and moving forward
Action required: Addressing the nation's lowest performing high schools
From assets to school outcomes: How finances shape children's perceived possibilities and intentions
Deciding on postsecondary education
The Education Equality Project: Improving teacher quality
Using increased funding under the Workforce Investment Act to create multiple pathways to marketable postsecondary credentials and middle-class employment
High school course-taking patterns for English Language Learners: A case study from California
From qualifications to results: Promoting teacher effectiveness through federal policy
The accountability illusion
Improving low performing high schools: Searching for evidence of promise
Meeting the invention challenge
Diplomas and dropouts: Which colleges actually graduate their students (and which don't)
Advanced placement subcommittee: Policy barriers identified
Building a college culture: Needs, goals, principles. and a case study
2008-2009 Alternative education programs (by Indiana county)
Striking the balance: Career academies combine academic rigor and workplace relevance
Strategic designs: Lessons from leading edge small urban high schools
The cost of small high schools: A literature review
Dropouts, diplomas, and dollars: U.S. high schools and the nation's economy
Wealth mobility and volatility in black and white
Fixing No Child Left Behind
Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis inthe U. S. workforce
Early and often: Designing a comprehensive system of financial aid information
Education at a glance 2007: OECD indicators
A mission of the heart: What does it take to transform a school?
No Child Left Behind - standards, assessment, and accountability
Setting the record straight: How trendy approaches to college access might or might not be helping low-income students
School funding's tragic flaw
The Benwood plan: A lesson in comprehensive teacher reform
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
Transitional jobs for ex-prisoners: Early impacts from a random assignment evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Prisoner Reentry Program
Big ideas: Dropout prevention strategies: Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success (ALAS)
Windows on achievement and inequality
On ramp to college: A state policymaker's guide to dual enrollment
Knocking at the college door: Projections of high school graduates by state and race/ethnicity 1992-2022
Early intervention program and college partnerships
Programs at higher education institutions for disadvantaged precollege students
Community colleges as gateway and gatekeeper: Moving beyond the access "saga" to outcome equity
Strong students, strong workers: Models for student success through workforce development and community college partnerships
Turnaround schools that work: Moving beyond separate but equal
Overcoming doubts about online learning
Mapping state proficiency standards onto NAEP scales: 2005-2007
Developing a college-going culture in a middle school: A toolkit
Annotated bibliography of resources for transforming school counseling
Success at every step: How 23 programs support youth on the path to college and beyond
How bold is "bold?" Responding to Race to the Top with a bold, actionable plan on teacher effectiveness
The value of value-added data
Closing the access gap: Does information matter?
Survey Of Secondary School Students
Ready or not? Literacy skills and post-secondary education
Background and context for equity audits
Prevention of disproportionate special education representation using response to education (RTI)
Listening to Latinas: Barriers to high school graduation
Adult education for work: Transforming adult education to build a skilled workforce
Parent and caregiver activities to create a college-going culture
Counselor and college access provider activities to create a college-going culture
College readiness for all toolbox
2009 College-bound seniors: Total group profile report
Investing in disadvantaged young children is an economically efficient policy
Social programs that work: What works and what doesn't work in social policy: Findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials
Reinventing the federal role in education: Supporting the goal of college and career readiness for all students
Helping students navigate the path to college: What high schools can do
Graduating America: Meeting the challenge of low-graduation rate high schools
Achievement gaps: How black and white students in public schools perform in mathematics and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress
Meaningful measurement: The role of assessments in improving high school education in the twenty-first century
Early-college high school: Modest experiment or national movement?
Financing higher education: A myriad of problems, a myriad of solutions
On the front lines of schools: Perspectives of teachers and principals on the high school dropout problem
Putting middle grades students on the graduation path: A policy and practice brief
Ed.gov Open Innovation Portal
New York City's Strategy for Improving High Schools: An Overview
New data reveal percent of college credits taken by high school students
Guiding developmental math students to campus services: An impact evaluation of the Beacon program at South Texas College
Promoting a comprehensive approach to educational opportunity: A pilot inventory of education-related federal programs for children and youth
Retaining teacher talent: Teaching for a living
Transition and alignment: Two keys to assuring student success
Mind the (other) gap!: The growing excellence gap in k-12 education
The dropout/graduation crisis among American Indian and Alaska Native students: Failure to respond places the future of native peoples at risk
Choice without equity: Charter school segregation and the need for civil rights standards
Mandating supplemental intervention services: Is New York state doing enough to help all students succeed?
Gold Star School Counseling
Comprehensive school reform: Meta-analytic evidence of black-white achievement gap narrowing
Work-based learning in California: Opportunities and models for expansion
Opportunity adrift: Our flagship universities are straying from their public mission
Early college placement testing opportunities in Maine
Ohio State University Department of Mathematics Early Mathematics Placement Testing
A new diverse majority: Students of color in the South's public schools
The historic opportunity to get college readiness right: The Race to the Top fund and postsecondary education
Top gainers: Some public four-year colleges and universities make big improvements in minority graduation rates
Top gap closers: Some public four-year colleges and universities have made good progress in closing graduation rate gaps
Healthier and wealthier: Decreasing healthcare costs by increasing educational attainment
Just for the kids
Promoting school readiness through universal preschool
Recent STEM initiatives
Early childhood education: Investing in quality makes sense
Labor force participation in formal work-related education in 2000-01
Highlights from the 2003 international adult literacy and lifeskills survey
Measuring up internationally: Developing skills and knowledge for the global economy
The progress of education reform 2007: Same-sex schooling
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Inside the black box of high-performing high-poverty schools
Preliminary report on No Child Left Behind in Indiana country
National Indian education study part II: The educational experiences of fourth- and eighth-grade American Indian and Alaska Native students
A synthesis of recommendations for improving U.S. science and mathematics education
What student engagement data tell us about college readiness
Measuring what matters: Creating a longitudinal data system using data to improve student achievement
Academic pathways, preparation, and performance: A descriptive overview of the transcripts from the high school graduating class of 2003-04
A test of leadership: Charting the future of U.S. higher education
Ithaca College - Frederick Douglass Academy Partnership
Forgotten students: American Indian high school students' narratives on college going
Charting a new course for career and technical education
America's high schools: The frontline in the battle for our economic future
Pathways to and through college: Linking policy with research and practice
Strategic instruction model
The advanced placement expansion of the '90's: How did traditionally underserved students fare
The high school transcript study: A decade of change in curricula and achievement, 1990-2000
Quality Counts 2007: State Highlights Reports
Working together: Aligning state systems and policies for individual and regional prosperity
Making opportunity affordable: Reinvesting in college access and success
High school to college and careers: Aligning state policies
From college access to college success: College preparation and persistence of BPS graduates
Bridging the gap between high school and college
Public education and Black male students: The 2006 state report card
Latino youth and the pathway to college
Latino students and the educational pipeline: From middle school to the workforce
Decisions without direction: Career guidance and decision-making among American youth
The expectations gap: A 50 state review of high school graduation requirements
With diploma in hand: Hispanic high school seniors talk about their future
School relationships foster success for African American students
An action agenda for improving America's high schools
Mixed messages: What state high school tests communicate about student readiness for college
How is school reform tied to increasing college access and success for low income and minority youth
Preparing students for success in college
Characteristics of minority students who excel on the SAT and in the classroom
Advanced placement report to the nation: 2006
NCHEMS information center
State strategies for redesigning high schools and promoting high school to college transitions
Student readiness for college: Connecting state policies
Addressing the needs of under-prepared students in higher education: Does college remediation work
Participation in adult education and lifelong learning: 2000-01
The challenge of scaling up educational reform: Findings and lesson from First Things First
A call to action: Transforming high school for all youth
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2006 status report
Ready for college and ready for work: Same or different
What works clearinghouse
Washington P-16 policy roundtable: Summary report
How do pre-collegiate outreach programs impact college-going among underrepresented students
Crisis or possibility? Conversations about the American high school
Prekindergarteners left behind: Expulsion rates in state pre-kindergarten systems
Minority student achievement network
The effects of students' middle-school and high school experiences on completion of the bachelor's degree: How can school counselors make a difference
Research brief: How do career interventions impact the educational choices of eighth grade students
The postsecondary education experiences of high school career and technical education concentrators
Squeeze play: How parents and the public look at higher education today
High school planner: Your guide to planning for college
Articulation, alignment, and the challenge of college-readiness
Course credit accrual and dropping out of high school
How outreach programs are implemented affects student achievement
Achievement gaps and correlates of early mathematics achievement: Evidence from the ECLS K-first grade sample
Returning to learning: Adults' success in college is key to America's future
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
The benefits of statewide use of the ACT test
EPAS®: A system that works
African American students and U.S. high schools
Federal support for adolescent literacy: A solid investment
Beating the odds: An analysis of student performance and achievement gaps on state assessments: 2005-06 School year
Answering the question that matters most: Has student achievement increased since No Child Left Behind?
Education watch California: Key facts and figures
Developing the STEM education pipeline
The first year of high school: A quick stats fact sheet
Findings from the early college high school initiative: A look at best practices and lessons learned regarding a dual enrollment program
States' progress toward high school restructuring
State approaches to more reliable and uniform dropout and graduation data
Independent Evaluation of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE): Third Biennial Report
Making performance accountability work: English lessons for U.S. community colleges
Standardization vs. flexibility: State policy options on placement testing for developmental education in community colleges
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; Colorado state report
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; Alabama state report
Education watch Florida: Key education facts and figures 2006
Status of education in rural America
Postsecondary success begins with high school preparation
Building a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) agenda
Update on advanced placement
Statement of principals: Twenty-first century skills and the reauthorization of NCLB/ESEA
North Central Regional Educational Research Laboratory: Data Primer
Recent participation in formal learning among working-age adults with different levels of education
Ohio's career development program
Still looking to the future: Voluntary K-12 student integration: A manual for parents, educators, and advocates
Every student counts: The case for graduation rate accountability
Indiana's guide to paying for college
From high school to the future: Potholes on the road to college
Center for Native Education: Frequently asked questions and fact sheet
Lost in transition: Building a better path from school to college and careers
Promising practices for community college developmental education
The future of public education in New Orleans
Projections of education statistics to 2016
Career development and occupational studies resource guide with core curriculum
Missouri guidance and placement lessons: Applying career exploration and planning skills in the achievement of life career goals
Knowing how and where to obtain information about the world of work and post-secondary training/education
Who graduates in California?
Encouraging girls in math and science
Advanced placement report to the nation: 2007
Setting the '08 education agenda for the nation: Aligning early learning, K-12, and postsecondary systems
Transitioning out of high school: A quick stats fact sheet
High school - Advanced placement
Historic reversals, accelerating resegregation and the need for new integration strategies
From aspirations to action: The role of middle school parents in making the dream of college a reality
Are private high schools better academically than public high schools?
Establishing an effective guidance and advisement system
The role of interim assessments in a comprehensive assessment system: A policy brief
PISA 2006: OECD Briefing notes for the United States
Making pre-kindergarten work for low-income working families
Indiana campus compact
The impact of affirmative action bans in graduate education
Educational attainment of foster youth: Achievement and graduation outcomes for children in state care
Study: College degrees pay off most for African Americans in California
Students with disabilities: Better federal coordination could lessen challenges in transition from high school
Where to begin? The evolving role of placement exams for students starting college
Public education finances: 2010
Opportunities suspended: The disparate impact of disciplinary exclusion from school
Teaching in a learner-centered environment powered by digital learning
Making loans work: How community colleges support responsible borrowing
Learning what it takes: An initial look at how schools are using early warning data and collaborative response teams to keep all students on track to success
Balancing passion and practicality: The role of debt and major on students' financial outcomes: Executive Summary
2012 College-bound seniors: Total group profile report
A better affirmative action: State universities that created alternatives to racial preferences
Taking college courses in high school: A strategy for college readiness
Autonomy and innovation: Systemic change in a decentralized state
Lost without a map: A survey about students' experiences navigating the financial aid process
Data for action 2012: Focus on people to change data culture
A critical moment: Child and youth homelessness in our nation's schools
The reality of college readiness 2012: National report
Men of color: A role for policymakers in improving the status of black male students in U.S. higher education
College and career readiness: A quick stats fact sheet
Information and college access: Evidence from a randomized field experiment