Inspiration Perspiration And Time

Author: Brian Gill
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833040847
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In 2000, Edison Schools, the nation's largest education management organization, asked RAND to analyze its achievement outcomes and design implementation. RAND evaluated Edison's strategies for promoting student achievement in its schools, how it implemented those strategies, how its management affected student achievement, and what factors explained differences in achievement trends among its schools.

Education And The Commercial Mindset

Author: Samuel E. Abrams
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674049179
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The movement to privatize K–12 education is stronger than ever. Samuel Abrams examines the rise of market forces in public education and reveals how a commercial mindset that sidesteps fundamental challenges has taken over. Nevertheless, public schools should adopt lessons from the business world, such as raising teacher salaries to attract talent.

Handbook Of The Economics Of Education

Author: Eric A Hanushek
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0444634673
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The volume of research into the economics of education has grown rapidly in recent years. In this comprehensive new Handbook, editors Eric Hanushek, Stephen Machin, and Ludger Woessmann assemble original contributions from leading researchers, addressing contemporary advances in the field. Each chapter illuminates major methodological and theoretical developments and directs the reader to productive new lines of research. As a result, these concise overviews of the existing literature offer an essential ‘jumpstart’ for both students and researchers alike. Demonstrates how new methodologies are yielding fresh perspectives in education economics Uses rich data to study issues of high contemporary policy relevance Explores innovations in higher education, competition, and the uses of technology

Think Tank Research Quality

Author: Kevin G. Welner
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1617350222
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Education policy over the past thirty years has been powerfully influenced by wellfunded and slickly produced research reports produced by advocacy think tanks. The quality of think tank reports and the value of the policies they support have been sharply debated. To help policymakers, the media, and the public assess these quality issues, the Think Tank Review Project provides expert third party reviews. The Project has, since 2006, published 59 reviews of reports from 26 different institutions. This book brings together 21 of those reviews, focusing on examining the arguments and evidence used by think tanks to promote reforms such as vouchers, charter schools and alternative routes to teacher certification. The reviews are written using clear, nonacademic language, with each review illustrating how readers can approach, understand and critique policy studies and reports. The book will be of interest to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and anyone concerned with the current debates about educational reform.

Holding Nclb Accountable

Author: Gail L. Sunderman
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412957877
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Providing a comprehensive evaluation of NCLB, this book examines test-based accountability, considers state-level capacity to carry out mandates, and discusses ideas for improving the law.

Intergovernmental Management For The Twenty First Century

Author: Timothy J. Conlan
Publisher: Brookings Inst Pr
ISBN: 9780815715429
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"Defines an agenda for improving the performance of America's intergovernmental system. Looks at the current state of intergovernmental relations, analyzes the system's fiscal underpinnings, and identifies principal tools to define intergovernmental management. Applies these themes to critical policy areas such as homeland security, education, welfare, health care, and the environment"--Provided by publisher.

Taking Measure Of Charter Schools

Author: Julian R. Betts
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN:
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This book breaks new ground on how policymakers and journalists can fairly assess charter school performance. The editors and authors show how good approaches to charter school assessment would also work for regular public schools, which is important because of the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Handbook On Statewide Systems Of Support

Author: Sam Redding
Publisher: Information Age Pub Inc
ISBN:
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As subsequent chapters point out, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states to provide assistance to districts in improving the schools within their purview. Of course, the U.S. Constitution and federal laws leave the control of education largely to the states, and states have long provided support to school districts. In return for federal monies, however, NCLB requires states to provide such help under the statewide systems of support (SSOS) provision of the Act. The purposes of this Handbook are to survey the research related to statewide systems of support, to present the experience and insights of educational leaders in how such support can best be conducted, and to derive actionable principles for improving schools. It is intended for use not only by the staff of the U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Regional Centers that serve state department staff but also by the staff of school districts and schools. Also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center on Innovation & Improvement (CII) previously developed the Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School Improvement (Walberg, 2007) that became the basis of CII's technical assistance to Regional Centers on this topic. CII made available for downloading Power Point presentations and web-based seminars ("webinars") based on the previous Handbook. CII's intended audiences widely employed the previous Handbook on Restructuring and Substantial School Improvement and auxiliary materials and found them useful in their technical assistance efforts to disseminate and encourage evidence-based ideas for restructuring and improving schools. With advice from the U.S. Department of Education, scholarly experts, and experienced educators in the Regional Centers, state departments of education, and school districts, the CII staff concluded that what it envisioned as the present Handbook would be similarly useful.

Educational Entrepreneurship

Author: Frederick M. Hess
Publisher: Harvard Educational Pub Group
ISBN:
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Entrepreneurship has emerged in recent years as an unprecedented and influential force in U.S. K-12 education. Yet the topic has received surprisingly little serious or systematic attention. Educational Entrepreneurship aims to fill this gap. This timely volume addresses a number of central questions: What is educational entrepreneurship and what does it look like? Who are the educational entrepreneurs and what motivates them? What tools do entrepreneurs need to be successful? What policies or practices enable or impede entrepreneurship? What would it mean to open up the education sector to more entrepreneurial activity? An interesting and admirable range of contributors offers clusters of articles on the nature of educational entrepreneurship; the political, policy, and legal contexts that face educational entrepreneurs; various models of entrepreneurial activity; the role of for-profit organizations in K-12 education; and possible future directions for educational entrepreneurs. The result is a lively, provocative book that introduces this burgeoning field to readers concerned with K-12 education in the United Statesand with efforts to reform and improve it.

A History Of American Education

Author: Joseph Watras
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 9780205470266
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An engaging look at the past and present of schools and schooling, A History of American Education, 1/e examines the effects, influences, and implications of globalization on education in the United States. From the early colonial days to the diverse present, this text vividly reconstructs the highlights and challenges of education in America. It explores the ideas of key educators, the interaction between the public's ideals and the realities of schools, and the consequences of educational reforms within the larger context of an increasingly global and connected society. Unlike other history texts, this book also offers considerable information about changes in curriculum, educational administration, and teaching practices.