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A Climate for Academic Success

The study analyzes reported differences in school climate by students in successful versus unsuccessful schools and how school climate and personnel resources are related to academic success. It concludes with practical implications of these findings for improving the academic performance of schools.

A District's Use of Data and Research to Inform Policy Formation and Implementation

A mid-sized urban district in the Northeast and Islands Region formulated and implemented anew discipline policy using data and research. To do so, the district examined a national report on districtwide suspension rates, conducted a detailed analysis of internal data, compared suspension rates with those of other urban districts, and consulted research on the relationship between out-of-school suspensions and academic outcomes. A 50-person task force used the research, data, as well as policies to draft a new discipline policy, the Code of Conduct, Character and Support.

Infants and Toddlers in the District of Columbia: A Statistical Look at Needs and Disparities

The report, “Infants and Toddlers in the District of Columbia: A Statistical Look at Needs and Disparities,” takes a critical look at the challenges facing the District’s youngest children and their families. It finds that the District is a tale of two cities, with wide disparities between neighborhoods in terms of support for healthy births, quality child development, and school readiness.

How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

This report addresses the following questions: 1) how do gaps in 2007 compare to the gaps in the initial and most recent prior years of the NAEP national and state assessment series? And 2) how do states compare to the nation in 2007? The current report presents these results in graphs that show the NAEP achievement gaps in a format that makes it pos­sible to see at a glance the national and state gaps results for all available years. 

How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

This report addresses the following questions: 1) how do gaps in 2007 compare to the gaps in the initial and most recent prior years of the NAEP national and state assessment series? And 2) how do states compare to the nation in 2007? The current report presents these results in graphs that show the NAEP achievement gaps in a format that makes it pos­sible to see at a glance the national and state gaps results for all available years.

How Hispanic and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

This report addresses the following questions: 1) How do score gaps in 2009 mathematics and reading performance compare to the gaps in the initial and most recent prior years of the NAEP national and state assessment series? And 2) How do Hispanic and White scores and gaps in mathematics and reading at the state level compare to the national scores and gaps in 2009? 

Closing the Achievement Gap: Lessons From Successful Schools

The U. S. Department of Education (ED) held a series of focus groups with administrators and teachers of four large comprehensive high schools to gain insight on strategies to close the achievement gap. The groups explored teaching and learning strategies in the content areas, culture and school climate issues, leadership for change, and the change process itself.  This report provides details of the focus group study and the common themes that emerged.

Closing the Achievement Gap: Lessons From Successful Schools

The U. S. Department of Education (ED) held a series of focus groups with administrators and teachers of four large comprehensive high schools to gain insight on strategies to close the achievement gap. The groups explored teaching and learning strategies in the content areas, culture and school climate issues, leadership for change, and the change process itself.  This report provides details of the focus group study and the common themes that emerged.

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