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The State of State Standards Post-Common Core

Eight years ago, we compared states’ English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards to what were then the newly-minted Common Core State Standards. That report found that the Common Core was clearer and more rigorous than the ELA standards in thirty-seven states and stronger than the math standards in thirty-nine states.

While many states have, to varying degrees, revised their standards since 2010, the questions that should concern policymakers and the public haven’t changed: Are states’ ELA and math standards of sufficient quality and rigor to drive effective instruction? And if not, how might they be improved?

David Griffith, Victoria McDougald, Solomon Friedberg, Diane Barone, Juliana Belding, Andrew Chen, Linda Dixon 8.22.2018
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Common Core Math in the K-8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey

In Common Core Math in the K-8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey, Jennifer Bay Williams, Ann Duffett, and David Griffith take a close look at how educators are implementing the Common Core math standards in classrooms across the nation.

Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Ann Duffett, David Griffith 6.23.2016
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A Policymaker's Guide to Improving School Leadership

Whether the goal is to enhance instruction, create a culture of excellence, or broaden education options for parents, it’s nearly impossible to improve schools without strong leaders. This is hardly news; much evidence has indicated the importance of effective principals for decades.

Eric Lerum 4.26.2016
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Education for Upward Mobility

In Education for Upward Mobility, editor Michael J. Petrilli and more than a dozen leading scholars and policy analysts seek answers to a fundamental question: How can we help children born into poverty transcend their disadvantages and enter the middle class as adults? And in particular, what role can our schools play? 

Michael J. Petrilli 3.15.2016
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Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments examines previously unreleased items from three multi-state tests (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and one best-in-class state assessment, Massachusetts’ state exam (MCAS). The product of two years of work by the Thomas B.

Nancy Doorey, Morgan Polikoff 2.11.2016
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America's Best (and Worst) Cities for School Choice

More than twelve million American students exercise some form of school choice by going to a charter, magnet, or private school——instead of attending a traditional public school.

Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D., Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw, Ph.D., David Griffith 12.9.2015
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Is Detente Possible? District-charter school relations in four cities

Whether you think the end game of the current “mixed economy” of district and charter schools should be an all-charter system (as in New Orleans) or a dual model (as in Washington D.C.), for the foreseeable future most cities are likely to continue with a blend of these two sectors. So we wanted to know: Can they peacefully co-exist? Can they do better than that?

Daniela Doyle, Christen Holly, Bryan C. Hassel 11.4.2015
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Schools of Thought: A Taxonomy of American Education Governance

Questions of education governance are often considered moot by policymakers, who typically assume that the governance challenges plaguing their local schools are both universal and inevitable. Given the ubiquity of everything from local school boards to state superintendents, this seems to be a logical assumption.

Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw, Ph.D., David Griffith, Joanna Smith, Michael Thier, Ross Anderson, Christine Pitts, Hovanes Gasparian 8.26.2015
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Who Should Be in Charge When School Districts Go into the Red?

School districts across the land are contending with rising education costs and constrained revenues. Yet state policies for assisting school districts in financial trouble are uneven and complex. Interventions are often haphazard, occur arbitrarily, and routinely place politics over sound economics.

Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw, Ph.D., Victoria McDougald 8.6.2015
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Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration

In Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration, authors Sara Mead and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel examine thirty-six jurisdictions that have both charter schools and state-funded pre-K programs to determine where charters can provide state-funded pre-K.

Sara Mead, Ashley LiBetti Mitchel 7.15.2015
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Redefining the School District in America

In Redefining the School District in America, Nelson Smith reexamines existing recovery school districts (RSDs)—entities in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan charged with running and turning around their state’s worst schools—and assembles the most comprehensive catalog of similar initiatives underway and under consideration elsewhere.

Nelson Smith 6.10.2015
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