Resources & Research

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NewSchools' City Fund Strategy

The National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011, titled Transforming Urban Public Education: Exploring the Potential of City-Based Strategies. The presenters explored emerging city-based movements that are embracing high-quality charter schools as an integral component of citywide reform initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of public education for all students.

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The Promise of Citywide Charter Strategies

The National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011, titled Transforming Urban Public Education: Exploring the Potential of City-Based Strategies. The presenters explored emerging city-based movements that are embracing high-quality charter schools as an integral component of citywide reform initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of public education for all students.

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Exploring the Potential of Citywide Charter Strategies

The National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference in New Orleans on May 12, 2011, titled Transforming Urban Public Education: Exploring the Potential of City-Based Strategies. The presenters explored emerging city-based movements that are embracing high-quality charter schools as an integral component of citywide reform initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of public education for all students.

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Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Organizations

This December 2010 report from the National Education Policy Center and The Study Group on Education Management Organizations is a comprehensive profile of for-profit education management organizations (EMOs) nationwide.

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Choice Without Options: Why School Choice Is Less Than It Seems in Washington, D.C.

This 2010 report states that fewer than a third of the students who exercised school choice in Washington, D.C., in 2009-2010 wound up in “higher proficiency” schools and that parents tend to favor charter schools, even if their record is unproven or of lower proficiency. The report outlines ways greater federal support should be provided to charter schools and calls for better methods to compare all public schools.

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Educating School Teachers

This 2006 report is the second in a series of policy papers on education. The report uses data from national surveys regarding how principals and teachers feel about the quality of preparation that education schools provide, and findings from a study on the relationship between student achievement and teacher preparation. Finally, it identifies several model teacher education programs.
 

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Making a Difference? The Effects of Teach for America in High School

This 2007 report examines the effectiveness of Teach for America teachers in secondary schools, especially in math and science. Using data from North Carolina, the authors conclude that Teach for America teachers are more effective than experienced secondary school teachers.
 

Policy and Procedures |

Teacher Certification and Licensure State Policy Database

This database provides information about teacher certification and licensure policy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the four U.S. territories. The state policy information was compiled by the Education Commission of the States (ECS) from legislation, state education agency and state board rules and regulations and state higher education executive offices.

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Insights into Alternative Certification: Initial Findings From a National Study

This 2007 article describes seven alternative certification programs in detail, drawing on interviews and document reviews. The seven programs are: Teacher Education Institute in Elk Grove, California, Unified School District; Milwaukee’s Metropolitan Multicultural Teacher Education Program; North Carolina’s NC TEACH; New Jersey Provisional Teacher Program; New York City Teaching Fellows Program; Teach for America; and the Texas Region XIII Education Service Center’s Educator Certification Program.


 

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Characteristics of Effective Alternative Teacher Certification Programs

This 2008 report uses multiple data collection activities and focuses on seven alternative certification programs to determine the characteristics of effective alternative certification programs.