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Author(s):Safran, A., and Visher, M.
Title:Case studies of three community colleges: The policy and practice of assessing and placing students in developmental education courses
Source:http://www.mdrc.org/publications/548/full.pdf
Date:2010
Organization:MDRC
Short Description:MDRC conducted case studies at three community colleges to learn about each college’s placement policies and practices. The case studies illustrate the routine policies and practices at each of the three colleges and highlight several issues and challenges, including a lack of consensus about the standard for college-level work, the high-stakes nature of the assessments, and the minimal relationship between assessment for placement and diagnosis for instruction.
Annotation:Among educators and policymakers, there is a burgeoning awareness that vast numbers of community college students around the country are unprepared for college-level work and hence referred to developmental education courses. To increase public discussion about developmental education, the Ford Foundation has expressed particular interest in better understanding how community colleges assess students for placement in remedial or college-level courses. MDRC conducted case studies at three community colleges to learn about each college’s placement policies and practices. The case studies illustrate the routine policies and practices at each of the three colleges and highlight several issues and challenges, including a lack of consensus about the standard for college-level work, the high-stakes nature of the assessments, and the minimal relationship between assessment for placement and diagnosis for instruction.
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College for Every Student (CFES): Assessment of student outcomes 2007-08
A blueprint for reform: The reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education act
American community colleges and the academic crisis of basic skills: Adult student success
High school dropouts and the economic losses from juvenile crime in California
California high schools that beat the odds in high school graduation
The nature of innovation in the community college
Expanding access and opportunity: The Washington State Achievers Program
Are we there yet? What policymakers can learn from Tennessee's growth model
Rising to the challenge: Meaningful assessment of student learning
The educational experience of young men of color: Federal legal implications and policy guidance
Saving now and saving later: How high school reform can reduce the nation's wasted remediation dollars
Opportunity-rich schools and sustainable communities: Seven steps to align high-quality education with innovations in city and metropolitan planning and development
The false promise of class-size reduction
Roadmap for ensuring America's future
Degrees for what jobs? Raising expectations for colleges and universities in a global economy
The transition to adulthood: How states can support older youth in foster care
Performance incentives to improve community college completion: Learning from Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative (a state policy brief)
Subprime opportunity: The unfulfilled promsie of for-profit colleges and universities
Implementing the common core state standards: An action agenda for higher education
Achieving ambitious goals: Case studies of scaling up programs for advancing low-skilled adults
Latino college completion: Florida
What new faculty need to know about assessment
Best practices in social media: Summary of findings from the second comprehensive study of social media use by schools, colleges, and universities
Stuck schools revisited: Beneath the averages
Participation and success in the advanced placement program continue to grow in the SREB states
Measuring success by degrees: The status of college completion in SREB states
Conducting a scan of your college access and success system: Why it matters, how to do it, how to use it
The 2010 Brown Center report on American education
Improving undergraduate learning: Findings and policy recommendations from the SSRC-CLA longitudinal project
Introduction to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) assessment of evidence series
The heart of student success: Teaching, learning, and college completion
Achieving success: The latest news in promoting community college success
Beyond the bubble: Technology and the future of student assessment
The nation's report card: Science 2009
7th Annual AP report to the nation
Community college student survey
Working systematically in action: Engaging family and community: A guide for facilitators
Changing the odds for students: Spotlight on Kingsborough College
Meeting the challenge: The role of school leaders in turning around the lowest-performing high schools
Keeping students enrolled: How community colleges are boosting financial resources for their students
Review of the effects of school vouchers on college enrollment: Experimental evidence from New York City
Debt, jobs, diversity and who gets in: A survey of admissions directors
Cracking the credit hour
Strategies for improving outcomes for disconnected youth (Executive Summary)
The college completion agenda may sacrifice college access for low-income, minority and other at-risk students
College 101 courses for applied learning and student success
The role of language and literacy in college- and career-ready standards: Rethinking policy and practice in support of English language learners
Completing college: A national view of student attainment rates
Reverse transfer: A national view of student mobility from four-year to two-year institutions
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
Data for action 2012: Focus on people to change data culture
Forging new pathways: The impact of the breaking through initiative in michigan
Forgotten youth: Re-engaging students through dropout recovery
Accelerating college knowledge: Examining the feasibility of a targeted early commitment Pell Grant program
Working credentials: Sub-baccalaureate degrees and certificates are paying off for students and their employers
How America pays for college 2012
Students with disabilities: Better federal coordination could lessen challenges in transition from high school
What Works Clearinghouse review of the report "The effects of student coaching in college: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student mentoring"
NOSCA's eight components of college and career readiness counseling: Elementary school counselor's guide
Leaders & laggards: A state-by-state report card on public postsecondary education
California's economic payoff: Investing in college access and completion
Teaching and learning in the era of the Common Core: The Students at the Center series ebook
Professional college knowledge: Re-envisioning how we prepare our college readiness workforce
The causes and consequences of attending historically black colleges and universities
Interactive learning online at public universities: Evidence from randomized trials
Providing greater opportunities for deeper learning in NCLB waivers
Using dual enrollment policy to improve college & career readiness: A web tool for decision makers
Valuable learning or "spinning their wheels"?: Understanding excess credits earned by community college associate degree completers
Boosting postsecondary education performance
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos
End-of-course exams
50-state mathematics requirements for the standard high school diploma
2012 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning?
Transfer & mobility: A national view of pre-degree student movement in postsecondary institutions
Much accomplished, much at stake: Performance and policy in Maryland higher education
Pell grants and the lifting of rural America's future
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
Unrealized promises: Unequal access, affordability, and excellence at community colleges in Southern California
Open educational resources: Tools to help 21st century students achieve their postsecondary eduation goals and keep America competitive
Crossing the finish line: A national effort to address near completion
Issues facing historically black colleges and unversities: Results of a focused discussion and survey
A matter of degrees: Promising practices for community college student success
Preparing for college: A national perspective on common core state standards implementation planning
Increasing opportunities for immigrant students: Community college strategies for success
Waiving away high school graduation rate accountability?
Illinois community college: Focus on the finish: A report to Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly
Financial literacy at minority-serving institutions
Jobs, jobs, jobs: Challenges community colleges face to reach the unemployed
State high school tests: Changes in state policies and the impact of the college and career readiness movement
The college completion agenda: 2011 state policy guide
The nation's report card: Trial urban district assessment reading 2011
Hearing on non-traditional students
Mobility makers
Advocacy in action toolkit
Striving for student success: A model of shared accountability
Men of color: Ensuring the academic success of Latinos in higher education
The CollegeKeys Compact: Getting into college: A cross-cohort examination of college preparations by lower-SES students
2011 National survey of school counselors: School counseling at a crossroads
From remediation to acceleration: Early lessons from two Philadelphia back on track schools
Three policies to reduce time to degree
Lining up: The relationship between the common core state standards and five sets of comparison standards
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 5: Progress lags in high school, especially for advanced achievers
Debt to degree: A new way of measuring college success
Underserved students who earn credit through prior learning assessment have higher degree completion rates and shorter time-to-degree
Clearing the path: Creating innovation space for serving over-age, under-credited students in competency-based pathways
Testing the impact of Higher Achivement's year-round out-of-school-time program on academic outcomes
The relevance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the college completion agenda
The hidden costs of community colleges
Assessing deeper learning
Getting through: Higher education's plan to increase the college completion rates of Boston public schools graduates
Test, punish, and push out: How zero tolerance and high-stakes testing funnel youth into the school to prison pipeline
Expanded measures of school performance
A community college instructor like me: Race and ethnicity interactions in the classroom
P21 common core toolkit: A guide to aligning the common core state standards with the framework for 21st century skills
The midwest challenge: Matching jobs with education in the post-recession economy
National adult learners satisfaction-priorities report
Parent involvement and extended learning activities in school improvement plans in the Midwest region
Percentage of states with alignment between K-12 and higher education standards
Using linked data to drive education and training improvement
Four steps to finishing first: An agenda for increasing college productivity to create a better educated society
Building integrated pathways to sustainable careers: An introduction to the Accelerated Opportunity Initiative
Employer-paid tuition advancement for low-income workers
Designing STEM pathways through early college: Ohio's metro early college high school
American Association of Community Colleges: Report on the 21st century initiative listening tour
Learn and earn: Modeling the success of Metropolitan College: The Business-Higher Education Forum's simulation series
The 'personalization' of higher education: Using technology to enhance the college experience
Pathway to recovery: Implementing a back on track through college model
Leveraging data for college completion
What four states are doing to support data-driven decision-making: Policies, practices, and programs
Completing college: Assessing graduation rates at four-year institutions
Including more student voices in higher education policymaking: Rising tuitions and student debts mean rising stakes for college students
Transforming education in America
Teaching and learning in large classes at Ontario Universities
What can we learn from law school? Legal education reflects issues found in all of higher education
Why policymakers should care about children's savings
The long-term impacts of teachers: Teacher value-added and student outcomes in adulthood
The role of minority-serving institutions in national college completion goals
Cohort default rates in context
Push and pull: Strengthening demand for innovation in education
Making the move: Transition strategies at California schools with high graduation rates
Designing high quality evaluation systems for high school teachers: Challenges sand potential solutions
Grapevine, Fiscal Year 2011-12
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
State responses to the increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders
Building institutional capacity for data-informed decision making
Duration and intensity: No time for cutting corners
The economic value of opportunity youth
Western Policy Exchanges
8th Annual AP report to the nation
It takes a whole society: Opening up the learning landscape in the high school years
Dramatically bringing down the cost of education with OER: How open education resources unlock the door to free learning
Adolescent literacy
Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
Work-integrated learning and career-ready students: Examining the evidence
Opportunities and obstacles: Implementing stimulus-funded school improvement grants in Maryland, Michigan, and Idaho
Rising the the challenge: The strategies of social service intermediaries
What we know about dual enrollment
Third grade literacy policies: Identification, intervention, retention
AACC statement on the American Enterprise Institute's "Completion Matters: The High Cost of Low Community College Graduation Rates"
Action plan for improving measures of postsecondary student success
The other pipeline: From prison to diploma: Community colleges and correctional education programs
Make me a match: Helping low-income and first generation students make good college choices
Preparing all teachers to meet the needs of English Language Learners: Applying research to policy and practice for teacher effectiveness
Refocusing adult education on career and postsecondary success: An analysis of adult education (Title II) in WIA reauthorization proposals
Stopped short: 2.1 Million adults in Florida went to college but didn't finish
The condition of education 2012 (Report)
Healthcare
Transforming the educational experience of young men of color
NAEP Science 2011 State Snapshot Reports
A disruptive look at competency-based education: How the innovative use of technology will transform the college experience
APSCU's five tenents of veteran education
A new classification scheme for for-profit institutions
Competency-based degree programs in the US: Postsecondary credentials for measurable student learning and performance
Increasing college and career readiness through dual enrollment: Research, policies, and effective practices
The impact of affirmative action bans in graduate education
For profit higher education: The failure to safeguard the federal investment and ensure student success
The economic benefits of postsecondary degrees: A state and national level analysis
RTTD guidance: Implementing continuous improvement metrics and strategies for the foundational conditions for personalized learning
An overview of classes taken and credits earned by beginning postsecondary students
Increasing return on investment from federal student aid
From capacity to success: HSIs and Latino student success through Title V
Improving the college scorecard: Using student feedback to create an effective disclosure
2012 National survey of school counselors
Students and teachers talk about school reform and student engagement
A national talent strategy: Ideas for securing US competitiveness and economic growth
"I came in unsure of everything": Community college shifts in students' confidence
Staying in school: A proposal to raise high school graduation rates
ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology, 2012
Taking college courses in high school: A strategy for college readiness
The competition that really matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian investments in the next-generation workforce
The condition of college and career readiness 2012: National report
Making loans work: How community colleges support responsible borrowing
A better affirmative action: State universities that created alternatives to racial preferences
Challenge the status quo: Academic success among school-age African-American males
Advancing to completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students
Advancing to completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American students
Cross-system collaboration for reconnecting youth
State and local policy for reconnecting youth
Lumina Foundation Focus: Discerning learning: Colleges find new ways to show what students know
High expectations and strong supports yield postsecondary success
Accelerating college readiness: Lessons from North Carolina's innovator early colleges
Beyond basic skills: State strategies to connect low-skilled students to an employer-valued postsecondary education
A measured approach to improving teacher preparation
Turning the tide: Five years of Achieving the Dream in community colleges
Transforming high schools: Performance systems for powerful teaching
Service members in school: Military veterans' experiences using the post-9/11 GI Bill and pursuing postsecondary education
Reality check: Hispanic-serving institutions on the Texas border strategzing financial aid
Return on educational investment: A district-by-district evaluation of U.S. educational productivity
Subprime opportunity: The unfulfilled promise of for-profit colleges and universities
Getting what we pay for: State community college funding strategies that benefit low-income, lower-skilled students
Modeling the role of community colleges in increasing educational attainment and workforce preparedness
Now what? Imperatives and options for common core implementation and governance
Student progression through developmental sequences in community colleges
Grading higher education: Giving consumers the information they need
Tracking students to 200 percent of normal time: Effect on institutional graduation rates
The US STEM education model (simulation)
Closing the gap between high school and college
When opportunity knocks, who answers? New evidence on college achievement awards
Strengthening college opportunity and performance: Federal, state and institutional leadership
How many schools and districts have not made adequate yearly progress? Four-year trends
Giving credit where credit is due: Creating a competency-based qualifications framework for postsecondary education and training
Stepping stones: Principal career paths and school outcomes
Accelerating the academic achievement of students referred to developmental education
Institutional variation in credential completion: Evidence from Washington State Community and Technical colleges
Leaving no worker behind: Community colleges retrain the Michigan workforce-and themselves
Incentivizing school turnaround: A proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
How non-academic supports work: Four mechanisms for improving student outcomes
The College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program
What should count? Frontline perspectives on student success and college accountability
A grounded theory of adult student persistence
Research support for school counseling
If only we told our story better...Reenvisioning state-university relations through the lens of public engagement
Credit recovery and proficiency-based credit: Maintaining high expectations while providing flexibility
Engineering solutions to the national crisis in literacy: How to make good on the promise of common core state standards
Unlocking doors and expanding opportunity: Moving beyond the limiting reality of college and career readiness in California high schools
The College Match Program
From information to action: Revamping higher education accountability systems
Implementing common core state standards and assessments: A workbook for state and district leaders
Achievement gaps: How Hispanic and white students in public schools perform in mathematics and reading perform on the national assessment of educational progress
A portrait of school improvement grantees
Promoting postsecondary educational success for adults and families-A practical partnership guide
The effects of in-state tuition for non-citizens: A systematic review of the evidence
Front and center: Critical choices for higher education
Affirming the goal: Is college and career readiness an internationally competitive standard?
Teacher voices: Immigration, language and culture
Implementing data-informed decision making in schools: Teacher access, supports, and use
Lumina Foundation Focus: Off the charts: Columns of data provide support for student achievement
Global Skills for Global Completion
The 2009 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning?
Education reform 101: A primer on the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Policies paved the way: Early college innovation in North Carolina
NAEP reading 2009 state snapshot reports
The nation's report card: Reading 2009
Open-access colleges responsible for greatest gains in graduation rates
A national study of institutional policies for the evaluation of transfer applicants
The breaking through practice guide
Restructuring 'restructuring': Improving interventions for low-performing schools and districts
Top gap closers: Some public four-year colleges and universities have made good progress in closing graduation rate gaps
Emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): Serving Latino students
Race to the Top: Accelerating college and career readiness in states: Sustaining the Race to the Top reforms
Mathematics benchmarks grades K-12
Working too hard to make the grade: How fewer work hours and more financial aid can help California community college students succeed
Latinos and the culture of college: How to build a commitment-to-college curriculum
Using data to increase student success: A focus on diagnosis: Principles and practices of student success
Expanding access and opportunity: The impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars program (2010 Update)
Evaluating student success interventions: Principles and practices of student success
Improving low-performing schools: Lessons from five years of studying school restructuring under No Child Left Behind
Revving the education engine: Effectively aligning education, workforce, and economic development policy
Implementing strategies to achieve successful student transitions
New York City's Strategy for Improving High Schools: An Overview
Fueling the race to postsecondary success: A 48-institution study of prior learning assessment and adult student outcomes
The quality imperative: Match ambitious goals for college attainment with an ambitious vision for learning
How state education agencies support data-driven decision-making in districts and schools
Partnerships that promote success: Lessons from the evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative
School connectedness: Strategies for increasing proactive factors among youth
Attendance counts: Advancing student success by reducing chronic absence
Academic competitiveness and national SMART grant programs: First-year lessons learned
The impact of Pell grants on academic outcomes for low-income California community college students
Yes we can: The Schott 50-state report on public education and black males
Call for action: Transforming teaching and learning to prepare high school students for college and careers
Does extending foster care beyond age 18 promote postsecondary educational attainment?
Underperforming schools and the education of vulnerable children
Extending foster care to age 21: Weighing the costs to government against the benefits to youth
Big gaps, small gaps: Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating African-American students
The course of innovation: Using technology to transform higher education
Increasing college success: A roadmap for governors
The Pell Institute and Pathways to College Network Evaluation Toolkit
Advancing by degrees: A framework for increasing college completion
State college- and career-ready high school graduation requirements comparison table
The state of state standards - and the Common Core - in 2010
The college completion agenda: State policy guide
For-profit colleges: Undercover testing finds colleges encouraged fraud and engaged in deceptive and questionable marketing practices
Complete to compete: Common college completion metrics
Southern Regional Education Board: Moving Ahead: State progress reports on Challenge to Lead goals
Southern Regional Education Board annual report: The essentials: What really counts in improving education
Understanding the K-12 common core standards in English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects
Do the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) prepare students for Algebra in grade 8?
Improving education through collaboration: A case study of the Long Beach seamless education partnership
The promise of proficiency: How college proficiency information can help high schools drive student success
Achieving the Dream Equity Resource Center
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2009
Developing a college-going culture in a middle school: A toolkit
Work less, study more, & succeed: How financial supports can improve postsecondary success
Changing course: Improving Aboriginal access to post-secondary education in Canada
Assessment for improvement: Tracking student engagement over time (NSSE 2009 Annual Report)
2009 ACT National and State Scores
American Diploma Project (ADP) end-of-course exams: 2009 Annual report
Strong students, strong workers: Models for student success through workforce development and community college partnerships
Accountability for equitable outcomes in higher education
The Equity Scorecard: A collaborative approach to assess and respond to racial and ethnic disparities in student outcomes
What we must to do to create a system that prepares students for college success
Transparency by design: Principles of good practice for higher education institutions serving adults at a distance
From soldier to student: Easing the transition of service members on campus
Promoting partnerships for student success: Lessons from the SSPIRE Initiative
The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2009
NAEP Mathematics 2009 state snapshot reports
Foundations for success: Short-term impacts report
Progress and gaps in college preparation policy
Making high school students into "college material"
Developmental Education Toolkit
Smart options: Investing the recovery funds for student success
Enhancing college student success through developmental education
Learning and assessment: Trends in undergraduate education
The costs of failure factories in American higher education
Schools, skills, and synapses
Essential elements of engagement: High expectations and high support
Pushing the envelope: State policy innovations in financing postsecondary education for workers who study
Creating change one step at a time: Efforts to improve college access and success in Indiana
Rewarding persistence: Effects of a performance-based scholarship program for low-income parents
Transforming statewide high school assessment systems: A guide for state policymakers
Making college and career readiness the mission for high schools: A guide for state policymakers
Cultivating generative connections, commitment, and engagement among campus constituencies: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
First-year programs: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Gaining support from campus leaders: A project brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Bridges to opportunity for underprepared adults: A state policy guide for community college leaders
Benefits of additional high school coursework and improved course performance in preparing students for college
CAPE Network: Universal Encouragement Program (UEP) Guidance Assessments
Aligning multiple campus initiatives: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Collecting survey data for assessment: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
College outcomes comparisons by AP and non-AP high school experiences
Imagine success: Engaging entering students
National evaluation of GEAR UP: A summary of the first two years
Best practices in student support services: A study of five exemplary sites
National study of student support services. Third-year longitudinal study results and program implementation study update
College For Every Student
Big ideas: Dropout prevention strategies: Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success (ALAS)
Redesigning the ninth-grade experience: Reduce failure, improve achievement, and increase high school graduation rates
Reaching higher with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana: Focusing on the roll of community colleges
Dual enrollment students in Florida and New York City: Postsecondary outcomes
Fixing No Child Left Behind
Beyond access: Explaining socioeconomic differences in college transfer
Learning better together: The impact of learning communities on the persistence of low-income students
The growing imbalance: Recent trends in U.S. postsecondary education finance
Leveraging postsecondary partners to build a college-going culture: Tools for high school-postsecondary partnerships
Passing the torch: Strategies for innovation in community college ESL
Lifelong learning: New strategies for the education of working adults
Strengthening financial aid policies for low-income working adults
Promoting student success in community colleges by increasing student support services
Opening doors: Promoting student success in community college and beyond
High school to college and careers: Aligning state policies
A test of leadership: Charting the future of U.S. higher education
Learning communities and student success in postsecondary education
Stepping stones to a degree: The impact of enrollment pathways and milestones on older community college student outcomes
Quality Counts 2007: State Highlights Reports
Hitting home: Quality, cost, and access challenges confronting higher education today
California Community Colleges: Making them stronger and more affordable
Act on fact: Using data to improve student success
One day I will make it: A study of adult student persistence in library literacy programs
All students college-ready: Findings from the Foundation's education work, 2000-2006
Education issues 2007
Improving college readiness and success for all students: A joint responsibility between K-12 and postsecondary education
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
Middle school practices improve student achievement in high poverty schools
Transfer college quality and student performance
Returning to learning: Adults' success in college is key to America's future
Redesigning high schools to prepare students for the future
Community college survey of student engagement: 2005
Ready for college and ready for work: Same or different
Ready to succeed: All students prepared for college and work
Connecting the dots: Multifaceted analyses of the relationships between student engagement results from the NSSE, and the institutional practices and conditions that foster student success
What works clearinghouse
All over the map: State policies to improve the high school
SPIDO (State Policy Inventory Database Online)
State and district approaches to school improvement: Helping all students meet high academic standards
Student success: Statewide P-16 systems -- curriculum and assessment systems
High school academic preparation and postsecondary progress
Negotiating their futures: Ethnographic research informing K-16 college policies and practices through urban youth’s eyes
Learning to earn
How is school reform tied to increasing college access and success for low income and minority youth
Work-based learning and higher education: A research perspective
Engagement by design
Crisis at the core: Preparing all students for college and work
On course for success: A close look at high school courses that prepare students for college
An action agenda for improving America's high schools
Transition from high school to postsecondary education and employment for students with disabilities
Lumina Foundation focus: Refuse to lose: Today’s colleges and universities must work to foster student success
Improving student attainment in community colleges: Institutional characteristics and policies
Reorienting the HEA reauthorization to reflect what research-based knowledge says about what works
Characteristics of minority students who excel on the SAT and in the classroom
Accelerated developmental education project
The state role in accelerating student growth in low-performing high schools
Enhancing student services at Owens Community College: Early results from the Opening Doors demonstration in Ohio
Using longitudianal data to increase community college student success: A guide to measuring milestone and momentum point achievement
Lumina Foundation Lessons: Students aren't just data points, but numbers do count
Reforming American high schools: Case studies and resources on best practices
Using rigorous evidence to improve policy and practice
National Council of La Raza
Putting English language learners on the educational map: The No Child Left Behind Act implemented
Experiences that matter: Enhancing student learning and success
Setting the stage for new high schools: Municipal leadership in supporting high school alternatives
Beyond the open door: Increasing student success in the California community colleges
Preparing Oklahoma students for the future
Incorporating ACT scores into your statewide assessment
Mathematics and science achievement and course-taking for college-bound high school students
U.S. student and adult performance on international assessments of educational achievement
Nontraditional undergraduates
The nation's report card: U.S. history 2006
Aligned expectations: A closer look at college admissions and placement tests
Helping equip teachers to answer students' questions on college knowledge
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
Setting students' sights on college: Chicago public schools
California policy options to accelerate Latino success in higher education
No child left behind: What it means for parents
Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities
In need of improvement: NCLB & high schools