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Results from a Two-Year Study of the Effects of Extended Learning Opportunities on Student Outcomes in New Hampshire

Research for Action

November 2016

What are the effects of ELO participation on short-term and longer-term student outcomes?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Extended Learning Opportunities

Education Indicators for Maine 2016

Educate Maine

October 2016

Is Maine on track to see 70% of eleventh grade students proficient in reading and math by 2019?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Community Voice & Engagement

Education Indicators for Maine 2015

Educate Maine

October 2015

Educate Maine sets college and career achievement goals for 2019.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Community Voice & Engagement

Building Multiple Pathways to a High School Diploma: A Cost Study of Non-Traditional Academic Options

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and MassBudget

October 2014

Massachusetts is home to a number of successful schools and programs that use time and other resources flexibly to meet the needs of diverse learners, but these programs remain largely isolated from each other.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Personalization

Student-Centered Schools Study: Closing the Opportunity Gap

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

June 2014

How can student-centered learning help close the opportunity gap?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Ready for College and Career?

Karin Hess, Brian Gong, and Rebecca Steinitz

March 2014

What does it really take for today’s students to succeed in college and career?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction

Student-Centered Learning: Dozier-Libbey Medical High School

Diane Friedlaender

January 2014

How can student-centered learning help close the opportunity gap?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: City Arts and Technology High School

Heather Lewis-Charp and Tina Law

January 2014

At City Arts and Technology High School in California, college readiness isn’t just a goal—it’s an expectation.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: Impact Academy of Arts and Technology

Channa Mae Cook-Harvey

January 2014

In order for students to retain knowledge, they have to apply it.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: Life Academy of Health and Bioscience

Nickole Richardson and Joe Feldman

January 2014

What does student voice and choice look like?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

College Readiness Meets Global Competence

Katie Bayerl and Eve Goldberg

January 2014

How can a global curriculum help close the achievement gap?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Education Indicators for Maine 2013

Tanna Clews and Michael E. Dubyak

November 2013

Can all Mainers have a post-secondary degree by 2023?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Community Voice & Engagement

Leadership in Action: Education, Prosperity, and Economic Competitiveness

New England Secondary School Consortium

June 2011

Across countries and time periods, education has been a universal gateway to greater prosperity, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Roadmap for Next-Generation State Accountability Systems

Council of Chief State School Officers

June 2011

This roadmap presents a vision for next-generation state accountability systems to support college and career readiness for all students.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy

Leadership in Action: What are Real-World Learning Experiences?

New England Secondary School Consortium

June 2011

If we want to know what today’s students need to succeed, we should listen to those who will be preparing and employing them after they graduate.

Tags: Assessment, College & Career Readiness

Leadership in Action: What is a Proficiency-Based Diploma?

New England Secondary School Consortium

May 2011

Some students leave high school knowing calculus, while others still struggle with basic math. How can we make sure every student graduates prepared?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Competency-Based Education, Learning Time

Leadership in Action: What Should a 21st Century High School Look Like?

New England Secondary School Consortium

April 2011

Textbooks, chalkboards, and desks were the hallmarks of 20th century schooling. Today’s best schools are borderless community learning centers.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Personalization

Leadership in Action: How Do Today's Students Learn?

New England Secondary School Consortium

March 2011

How can we use what we know about the way the brain works to inspire and engage students?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Leadership in Action: What Do Today’s Students Need to Know?

New England Secondary School Consortium

March 2011

Every day, the world is growing more complex and demanding. Today’s students need new skills that will equip them for success in the global economy.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

Robert B. Schwartz, Ronald F. Ferguson, and William C. Symonds

February 2011

Roughly half of all young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills or labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasing demanding economy.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity

A New Era of Education Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life

Jill Norton, Lisa Famularo, Michael Bennett, and Ivy Washington

October 2010

How are school and district leaders supporting the integration of 21st century skills into public education?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness

Disconnected Young Adults in New England

Ephraim Weisstein and Flora Traub

June 2010

Too many young adults, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic groups, are leaving high school without the skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and the emerging workforce.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Policy

Ready for the Future: The Role of Performance Assessments in Shaping Graduates' Academic, Professional, and Personal Lives

Laurie Gagnon

June 2010

How can performance assessments help high school students prepare for success in college and beyond? Through a series of interviews with Boston public school graduates, this study analyzes how performance assessment systems prepared students for future academic, professional, and personal endeavors.

Tags: Assessment, College & Career Readiness

Building Multiple Pathways: Approaches, Relevant Programs and Implementation Considerations

Ephraim Weisstein and Dr. David Jacobson

April 2009

To increase the number of young people who gain the credentials necessary to succeed in the 21st century, we need to establish “multiple pathways” for learners that lead to a variety of high-quality postsecondary options.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy, Youth Development

What It Takes to Succeed in the 21st Century—and How New Englanders Are Faring

Jobs for the Future

October 2008

As New England’s population changes, the region must rework its policies and practices to meet the increasingly demanding expectations of today’s economy for underserved learners.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

New England 2020: A Forecast of Educational Attainment and Its Implications for the Workforce of New England States

Stephen P. Coelen and Joseph B. Berger

June 2006

New England’s changing demographics and varying levels of educational attainment demand support for and improvement of the region’s higher education institutions.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy

State Merit Scholarship Programs and Racial Inequity

Don Heller and Patricia Marin

October 2004

For minority and low-income students, unmet financial need—the gap between the costs of attending college and the resources available to students—presents a major barrier to attending college.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Diversity Among Equals

Stephen Coelen, Patricia Crosson and Joseph Berger

October 2001

Higher education institutions in New England have made significant investments in equitable access using affirmative action strategies to increase minority student representation—but significant policy barriers continue to impede educational access for low-income and minority populations in the region.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Getting Through College: Voices of Low-Income and Minority Students in New England

Colleen O'Brien and Jessica Shedd

February 2001

Financial, academic, and social support are key factors in supporting low-income and minority students to succeed in postsecondary institutions.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy