Raising Expectations

Minnesota is implementing two major education reform efforts:</p>

Although different, the two are very much related:

“To ensure that all public school students have access to a high-quality and challenging education and become proficient in the core academic subjects of reading/language arts, mathematics, and science, States will develop and implement academic content and achievement standards in these subjects and administer annual assessments aligned to the standards.”

March 2003 – Standards and Assessments Non-Regulatory Guidance, U.S. Department of Education.

Issue Guide: Education – Public Agenda Online.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia – Which educational programs have been successfully evaluated in valid research? Johns Hopkins University Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE).

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False Choices: The Economic Argument Against Market-Driven Education Reform (Scribd) – Minnesota’s experience has not supported the idea that increased competition drives improvement, Minnesota 2020, January 2012 (Release article).

How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better – Examines twenty systems from around the world to identify the reform elements that are replicable for school systems everywhere as well as what it really takes to achieve significant, sustained, and widespread gains in student outcomes as measured by international and national assessments (Executive Summary (En Español); Nov. 29 Webinar), December 2010.

Framework for Providing All Students an Opportunity to Learn through Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – Seven leading civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the National Urban League, called on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to dismantle core pieces of his education agenda, arguing that his emphases on expanding charter schools, closing low-performing schools, and using competitive rather than formula funding are detrimental to low-income and minority children, July 2010.

Learning from Leadership: Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning – State- and district-level policy makers need to engage more strategically in determining how states can provide support, not just pressure, for implementation of locally defined priorities for improvement within the framework of state standards and accountability policies, University of Minnesota (MPR article), July 2010.

Harnessing the Scientific Spirit to Improve Learning – A series of weekly Web and audio segments on using scientifically based research and assessments to increase student achievement, e.g., “What would the educational equivalent of the FDA be like?” Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, Fall 2005.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div>