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Articles & Papers
The Power of College
Overcoming the Achievement Gap
Newsletters, and Mailing Lists
The K-8 Solution: The Retreat from Middle School
Center for Education
Reform, September, 2008
The Center for Education Reform's newest policy alert looks at the benefit of a K-8 school model for
increasing 'tween students' sense of safety, reducing distractions, and improving engagement and achievement.
Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation
Christopher B. Swanson, Ph.D., Editorial
Projects in Education Research Center, April 1, 2008
This report "takes a geographically-informed approach to the issue of
high school completion" by examining the gradution rates of the nation's 50 most-populous cities. The study finds that 52% of
students in principal school systems complete high school with a diploma. "The extremely low graduation rates for these large
school systems contribute disproportionately to the nation's graduation crisis."
Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America
Julia S. Isaacs,
Isabel V. Sawhill, and Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution, February 2008
A study conducted by a research team from the
Brookings Institution addresses the American Dream and how much economic mobility exists in the United States today. The study
also shows the role that college plays in helping people change their life situation.
Ready for What?
Education Week, June 12, 2007
Using data from the EPE Research Center, this report
examines the graduation rates in the United States and finds large disparities in the diploma rates across racial and ethnic
Report: Schools Aren't Preparing Kids for College
Stansbury, eSchool News, September 13, 2007
Researchers and education professionals discuss the implications of a report
released by the Alliance for Excellent Education that found only 34% of students graduate from high school ready for
Whatever Happened to The Class of 2005?
V. Dion Haynes and
Aruna Jain, The Washington Post, October 7, 2007
Using student vignettes from an urban Washington, D.C. high school, Haynes
and Jain illustrates how struggling urban schools often fail to not only get their students through high school, but also
prepare those who do graduate for college.
Student Retention and Graduation: Facing the Truth, Living with the
Vincent Tinto, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in
Higher Education, July 2004
Vincent Tinto presents the data about trends in student graduation rates and discusses ways in
which the federal government can change the current reality and ensure low-income students get to college and obtain a
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The Power of College
Remediation at the college level:
Who needs it, and does it help?
Bridget Terry Long, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many students enter college in the United States
without the basic academic skills needed to be successful in their coursework. HGSE Associate Professor of Education and
Economics Bridget Terry Long has analyzed this issue, which lies at the intersection of K-12 and higher education. A large
research study she and a colleague conducted in the state of Ohio provides much needed information about the effectiveness of
remediation for helping college students to graduate.
A College Pathways Rubric:
Putting Kids on the Pathway to College: How Is Your School Doing?
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
at Brown University, 2008
This tool enables educators and community members to assess schools' capacity in four areas that
help low-income students "beat the odds" and get into college: academic rigor, networks of timely supports, college
expectations and access, and effective use of data.
Urban Schools Aiming Higher Than Diploma
Sara Rimer, The New York Times, January
Sara Rimer discusses the growing urgency among educators serving low-income communities to prepare students for
college, not just a high school diploma.
The Power of Assuming All Need College
Washington Post, June 19, 2007
Jay Matthews discusses the importance of assuming all of our nation's students need college
to ensure they meet their potential.
Multiplying the Benefits of College for Everybody
Jay Mathews, Washington Post,
May 29, 2007
Jay Matthews explores the question of, "Why college should be for everybody?".
All Students Need A College-Prep Curriculum? (PDF)
Using research from the America
Diploma Project, this article examines the need to require all students to have a college-preparatory curriculum.
Is More Better? The Impact
of Postsecondary Education on the Economic and Social Well-Being of American Society (PDF)
Williams and Watson Scott Swail, American Higher Education Report Series, May 2005
By examining the economic and
non-economic returns to postsecondary education investments, this report addresses whether more education is actually better
for the individual and society.
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Panel Proposes Broad Changes in Federal Financial Aid for College
Tamar Levin, The New York Times, September 18, 2008
A panel of researchers propose to redesign the policies on financial aid
for college, streamlining the application process, and creating federally funded college savings accounts for children in
Diplomas Count 2008: School to College - Can P-16 Councils Ease the
Education Week, June 5, 2008
"As the nation struggles to close its graduation gap,
Diplomas Count 2008 examines states' efforts to forge stronger connections between pre-collegiate and post-secondary
What It Takes to Make a Student
Tough, New York Times, November 26, 2006
Paul Tough discusses the state of the nation's schools and the success of charter
schools in meeting student needs.
Reclaiming the American Dream (PDF)
Susan Colby, and Joe Doctor, The Bridgespan Group, October 2006
Drawing on data from the National Educational Longitudinal
Study (2000), "Reclaiming the American Dream" examines the key levers that enable low-income youth to prepare for and enroll in
Blurring Lines Among Both Students and Subjects
Matthews, Washington Post, October 15, 2007
Jay Matthews provides a case study on how one classroom's innovative approach to
learning enabled all students to achieve academically.
Districts Learn to Flourish
Allison Sherry, The Denver Post, September 23, 2007
Allison Sherry takes
a look at how a rural school district in Colorado defied the disadvantages of poverty and enables their students to become some
of the highest performing in the state.
Building "Smart Education Systems"
Robert Rothman, Education Week, August 1,
In his commentary, Robert Rothman examines the need to improve both school systems and out-of-school factors to ensure
that every child receives an excellent education. (Note: subscription required.)
Demography is Not a Destiny: Increasing the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students at Large Public
Jennifer Eagle and Colleen O'Brien, The Pell Institute
Using research from a
study conducted by The Pell Institute, this report examines how colleges with a high-percentage of low income-students can
emulate best practices of high-performing institutions.
The Costs and Benefits of an Excellent Education for All of America's Children
Henry Levin, Clive Belfield, Peter Muennig, and Cecilia Rouse, Teachers College, Columbia University,
This report investigates the economic consequences improving the education of the some 700,000 high school
dropouts for society in an attempt to answer whether the benefits of investing in an educational strategy outweigh the costs
incurred to society.
Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students (PDF)
Lana Muraskin and John
Lee, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, December 2004
Using data from in-depth studies
done on 10 high graduation rate colleges and 10 low graduation rate colleges, this research report provides a groundwork for
further efforts to identify the key factors and effective practices that contribute to student retention.
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Bridget Long, Associate Professor of Education
and Economics at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, studies the transition from high school to higher education
and beyond. Her work has focused on college access and choice, factors that influence college student outcomes, and the
behavior of post-secondary institutions.
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NEWSLETTERS, AND MAILING LISTS
The ASCD SmartBrief contains brief summaries of articles on K-12 education news from hundreds
of publications and provides links back to the original sources. The articles are selected by Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development (ASCD) editors.
EdNews pulls together education news articles from across the Internet.
Education Gadfly is a weekly bulletin of news and analysis from the Thomas B. Fordham
Education Intelligence Agency is a weekly newsletter from Mike Antonucci on public
Education Week is published by Editorial Projects in Education, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt
organization based in Washington, D.C. Editorial Projects in Education's primary mission is to help raise the level of
awareness and understanding of important issues in American education.
Education Week provides a weekly newsletter, Edweek Update, that details what is new in
Education Week and on edweek.org.
Whitney Tilson's School Reform E-mail List
Whitney Tilson, a founding member of
Teach For America and current Vice Chairman of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) in New York City, has a school reform
email-based mailing list. To be added to the list, email him at WTilson@T2PartnersLLC.com.
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Democrats for Education
Reform - Joe Williams
Joe Williams, Executive Director of Democrats for Education Reform, posts his
thoughts in this blog on the Democrats for Education Reform website.
Eduwonk - Andrew
Eduwonk is a blog written by Andrew
Rotherham, co-founder and co-director of Education
This Week in
Education - Alexander Russo
Written by journalist and former Senate education staffer Alexander Russo,
This Week in Education provides the latest education news and politics.
Whitney Tilson's School
Whitney Tilson posts his school reform emails on this blog.
The Bridgespan Group applies leading-edge management strategies, tools, and talent to
help other nonprofits and foundations achieve greater social impact. Bridgespan shares its knowledge though case studies,
articles, and papers in leading publications and newsletters.
Democrats for Education Reform
Democrats for Education Reform is a new
organization that "aims to return the Democratic Party to its rightful place as a champion of children in America's public
ED in '08 is a component of the Strong American Schools campaign and a project of Rockefeller
Philanthropy Advisors to ensure that the nation engages in a rigorous debate and to make education a top priority in the 2008
Education Sector is nonprofit, nonpartisan independent education think tank.
Institute for Higher Education
IHEP is committed to increasing access and success in postsecondary education around the
world through unique research and innovative programs that inform key decision makers who shape public policy and support
economic and social development. Every year, IHEP produces a number of professional reports and papers that explore a variety
of higher education related topics.
The Lumina Foundation strives to help people achieve their
potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school, using research as a key strategy to advance this
mission. Lumina Foundation
research. Lumina Foundation
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
The Manhattan Institute web site contains
links to its education working papers.
Whitney Tilson's School Reform Resource Page
This page links to information that
Whitney Tilson has identified, collected, and written to assist those who wish to learn more about education reform.
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After Admission: From College Access to College Success, James E. Rosenbaum, Russell
Sage Foundation Publications, November 2006
Beyond College For All: Career Paths For
The Forgotten Half (American Sociological Association Rose Series in Sociology), Russell Sage
Foundation Publications, November 2001
Brookings Papers on Education Policy, Diane
Ravitch, Brookings Institution Press, 2000
Categorially Unequal: The American
Stratificiation System, Douglass S. Massey, Russell Sage Foundation Publications, April 15,
Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education, Joe Williams, Palgrave Macmillan, October
City Schools: Lessons from New York, Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti
(editors), The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap,
Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute, May 2004
Sense School Reform, Frederick M. Hess, Palgrave Macmillan, April 5, 2004
The Conditions for Admission:
Access, Equity, and the Social Contract of Public Universities, John Aubrey Douglass, Stanford
University Press, 2007
Crash Course: Imagining A Better Future For
Public Education, Chris Whittle, Riverhead Books, September 8, 2005
The Culture of Education
Policy, Sandra J. Stein, Teachers College Press, March 2004
Economic Inequality and Higher Education: Access, Persistence,
and Success, Stacy Dickert-Conlin, Russell Sage Foundation Publications, June 2007
Education Myths: What Special Interest
Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools - And Why It Isn't So, Jay P. Greene, Rowan
& Littlefield Publishers, Inc., September 25, 2005
Education Past And Present: Reflections On Research, Policy, and
Practice, edited by Megin Charner-Laird, Morgaen L. Donaldson, and Soo Hong, Harvard Education
Reform (Library In A Book), Ian C. Friedman, Facts On File, November 2003
Equity and Excellence in American Higher
Education (Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecuture), William G. Bowen, University of
Virginia Press, April 15, 2005
The Great School Wars: A History of the New York City Public Schools, Diane
Ravitch, The Johns Hopkins Univerversity Press, 2000
Left Back: A
Century of Battles over School Reform, Diane Ravitch, Simon & Schuster, August 7,
No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning, Abigail
Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, Simon & Schuster, October 14, 2003
One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the
Way, Wendy Kopp, Public Affairs, 2001
Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off Across
the Generations? (American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology), Paul
Attewell (Author), David E. Lavin (Author), Thurston Domina (Collaborator), Tania Levey (Collaborator), Russell Sage
Foundation, April 2007
Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education, Peter
Sacks, University of California Press, May 2007
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