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Student Mobility: Causes, Consequences, Solutions

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Title: Student Mobility: Causes, Consequences, Solutions
Date: June 1, 2015
Author: Russell W. Rumberger, UC Santa Barbara
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Desc: This brief explores the causes and consequences of student mobility, a widespread, and often-unheralded, problem facing American schools. According to the brief, written by Russell W. Rumberger, professor of education in the Gervirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara, student mobility can negatively impact student achievement on test scores, high school graduation prospects, and even student behavior. Multiple moves and those accompanied by family disruptions produce more severe impacts. To reduce the negative impacts of student mobility, Rumberger recommends: (1) School officials should strive to reduce mobility by raising overall school quality; (2) School officials should give students and parents sufficient and timely information to make informed school transfer decisions; (3) Personnel in schools receiving transfers can prepare materials and activities before students arrive; and (4) State officials should collect and report school and district mobility rates.

 

Title: Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2015:
Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Date: March 10, 2015
Author: Alex Molnar, University of Colorado Boulder (editor)
Gary Miron, Western Michigan University
Luis Huerta, Teachers College, Columbia University
Michael Barbour, Sacred Heart University
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Title: Why School Report Cards Merit A Failing Grade
Date: January 26, 2015
Author:

Kenneth R. Howe and Kevin Murray, University of Colorado Boulder

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Title: Personalized Instruction: New Interest, Old Rhetoric, Limited Results – Time for a New Direction for Computer-mediated learning
Date: November 24, 2014
Author: Noel Enyedy, University of California – Los Angeles
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Title:
Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Date: March 4, 2014
Author:

Alex Molnar, University of Colorado Boulder (editor)
Gary Miron, Western Michigan University
Luis Huerta, Teachers College, Columbia University
Jennifer King Rice, University of Maryland
Michael Barbour, Sacred Heart University

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Title: Does Class Size Matter?
Date: February 18, 2014
Author: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Northwestern University
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Title:

Teach For America: A Return To The Evidence

Date: January 7, 2014
Author: Julian Vasquez Heilig, University of Texas – Austin
Su Jin Gatlin Jez, Sacramento State University
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Legislative Brief: Data-driven Improvement and Accountability
Model Legislation: Model Legislative Language for Comprehensive Assessment and Accountability
Date: October 22, 2013
Author: Andy Hargreaves, Boston College
Henry Braun, Boston College
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Title:

Financing Online Education & Virtual Schooling: A Guide for Policymakers & Advocates

School Finance 2.0: Flexible Financing for a Virtual World

Date: October 15, 2013
Author: Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University
Justin Bathon, University of Kentucky
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking
Date: June 13, 2013
Author: William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking — Moving Beyond Tracking
Date: May 30, 2013
Author: William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking — Addressing School Environment and Safety for LGBT Students
Date: May 23, 2013
Author:

William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder

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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking— Twenty-first-Century Skills and Implications for Education
Date: May 14, 2013
Author: William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Title: Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2013: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Date: May 2, 2013
Author:

Alex Molnar, University of Colorado Boulder (editor)
Gary Miron, Western Michigan University
Luis Huerta, Teachers College, Columbia University
Jennifer King Rice, University of Maryland
Larry Cuban, Stanford University

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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking—English Language Learners and Parental Involvement
Date: March 19, 2013
Author: William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder
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Title: What Does It Take to Scale Up Innovations? An Examination of Teach For America, Harlem Children’s Zone, and the Knowledge is Power Program
Date: March 14, 2013
Author:

Ben Levin, University of Toronto

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Title: Policy Reforms and De-Professionalization of Teaching
Date: February 28, 2013
Author: H. Richard Milner IV, Vanderbilt University
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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking—Effective School Expenditures
Date: February 7, 2013
Author:

William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder

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Title: Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking—Dropout Prevention
Date: January 17, 2013
Author: William Mathis, University of Colorado-Boulder
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