Education Resource Roundup

April 5, 2013

Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform
Featuring chapters by education scholars, analysts, and battle-scarred practitioners, this important volume closely examines present education structures, identifies their failings, and offers some penetrating ideas for how governance might be done differently.

College, Career & Technology Academy Toolkit
In March, Jobs for the Future released the College, Career & Technology Academy Toolkit, an online "guidebook" with instructions, tools and materials for practitioners seeking to prepare off-track, out-of-school youth for postsecondary success. Each section of the toolkit describes how CCTA approaches a specific aspect of planning and implementing the Back on Track Through College design.

The Economic Payoff for Closing College-readiness and Completion Gaps
This Jobs for the Future resource contains cost modeling and guidance for education leaders and state policymakers about the productivity of investments in strategies to promote the college readiness and success of their students. The report illustrates the particular benefits to taxpayers of accelerating the educational achievement of low-income and other youth who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

The Common Core State Standards: Implications for Community Colleges and Student Preparedness for College
This new paper from the National Center for Postsecondary Research outlines the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the CCSS-aligned assessments, the involvement of higher education representatives in their design and implementation, and how the CCSS and the aligned assessments can be used to support the mission of community colleges.

Department of Education Releases New FAFSA Completion Tool
The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the release of an innovative FAFSA Completion Tool to help guidance professionals, school administrators and practitioners both track and subsequently increase FAFSA completions at high schools across the country.

How Well Are American Students Learning?

In the twelfth annual Brown Center Report on American Education, Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, takes a look at how the U.S. performed in the latest international test results, trends in tracking and ability grouping, and what types of advanced maths are being taken in eighth grade.

Mayoral Governance and Student Achievement: How Mayor-Led Districts Are Improving School and Student Performance
Over the past 20 years, mayoral governance of schools has been featured prominently in nearly 20 urban school systems across the country. While school board members are elected by fewer than 10 percent of the eligible voters, mayoral races are often decided by more than half of the electorate. Under mayoral control, public education gets on the citywide agenda. A new report from the Center for American Progress examines the effects of mayoral governance on two specific areas-resource management and student achievement.

Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit for States
CLASP developed this toolkit to help interagency state teams identify and facilitate "braiding" of federal resources to build career pathways for adults and out-of-school youth.
The toolkit has four sections which are intended to be used in conjunction with each other to assist state teams in building their career pathways or career pathways bridge initiative.

College and Career Readiness: The Importance of Early Learning
ACT recently released a policy report about the importance of early learning. The report highlights reasons for improving early learning, components of strong preschool and elementary school education, barriers to improving these programs, and the importance of a system to strengthen early learning.

Education Department Launches 2013 Investing in Innovation Competition
 The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $150 million 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition with the release of the program's invitation for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grant category and the notice of final priorities for the i3 program overall. The i3 program aims to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers.