The People’s Public Library - Research and Resources

The following represents the beginning of a “People’s” collection of useful research around school reform topics. If you’ve found a particularly useful piece, please comment or e-mail us at saveourschoolsmarch@gmail.com

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Achievement Gap/Opportunity Gap

Since the early 1970s, analyses of nationally representative survey data have documented a persistent history of achievement differences, according to which Whites and especially east Asians enjoy relatively high average student performance while African Americans and some Hispanic subgroups experience relatively low average student performance. Moreover, children whose families are on the lower rungs of the social class ladder average far lower achievement and educational attainment levels than their wealthier counterparts.
National Opportunity to Learn
Opportunity Achievement Gap
Citizens for Public Schools. Achievement Gap.

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Assessment: Authentic or Artificial/Superficial

America’s alarm about international rankings of students overlooks some critical components of our education system, Vivek Wadhwa says
U.S. Schools Are Still Ahead—Way Ahead By Vivek Wadhwa. Bloomberg BusinessWeek. January 12, 2011

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Poverty

PB-Berliner. Non-School National Education Policy Center.

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Education Legislation

Why is Congress Redefining Our Schools.

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Corporate education legislation?

A smart ALEC threatens public education. Kappan Magazine.
ALEC Report Card on American Education Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform. © 2012 American Legislative Exchange Council .

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Alternative teacher certification

(Book)Learning on Other People’s Kids: Becoming a Teach For America Teacher

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High Stakes Testing

“What began as a way to measure student learning, administrators and school trustees say, has ballooned into a “drill-and-kill” cycle of test preparation, district benchmark assessments and practice exams that leaves little time for classroom instruction. With school ratings and teacher evaluations at stake, pressure on students to perform well has translated into an anxiety-ridden culture where “people will resort to anything to get a leg up.”

Open Letter to the New York State Regents from New York State Professors Against High Stakes Testing.
High Stakes Testing.
Validity Of High-School Grades In Predicting Student Success Beyond The Freshman Year: High-School Record vs. Standardized Tests as Indicators of Four-Year College Outcomes.
High-stakes testing and student achievement: Does accountability pressure increase student learning?
Brown Center Report on American Education.

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Re-segregation

The U.S. Department of Education follows the Supreme Courts admonition and treats school integration and reduction of racial isolation as compelling national government priorities, we could begin to see some reversal of the re-segregation trends that have characterized American schools over the past two decades.
School Diversity. How important is cultural diversity at your school
National Coalition on School Diversity: Reaffirming the Role of School Integration in K-12 Education Policy
Schools Without Diversity: Education Management Organizations, Charter Schools, and the Demographic Stratification… | National Education Policy Center
Addressing Diversity in Schools. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

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School Choice

School choice exists today in a variety of forms, from charter schools, magnet schools, and district and state open enrollment plans to publicly and privately financed voucher plans. Despite years of research and debate, the question of whether school choice improves student outcomes persists. Choice proponents suggest that injecting greater competition into the education system can revolutionize education, while opponents argue that choice would help only a select few students and hurt the many who are left behind.
ERIC Digest 2002. Choice
New York City Charter Disparities.
Multiple Choice. Stanford Reports.
Choice without equity: Charter school segregation
Charter High Schools. Report.
Going Exponential. By The National Education Policy Center.
Review of Charter Schools: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education. National Education Policy Center.
Equal or Fair? A Study of Revenues and Expenditures in American Charter Schools. National Education Policy Center.
Schools Without Diversity: Education Management Organizations, Charter Schools, and the Demographic Stratification. National Education Policy Center.
National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
The Myth of Charter Schools. By Diane Ravitch.

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School Funding

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Teacher Evaluation

Misconceptions and Realities about Teacher and Principal Evaluation. An Open Letter of Concern to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Getting Teacher Evaluation Right:
A Background Paper for Policy Makers.
By Linda Darling-Hammond.
What Should Congress Do About Teacher Evaluations.

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Value Added Measurement

Review of The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood.
About Those Dice… Ready, Set, Roll! on the VAM-ification of Tenure.
Is It Just a Bad Class? Assessing the Stability of Measured Teacher Performance.
The Stability of Value‐Added Measures of Teacher Quality and Implications for Teacher Compensation Policy.
The Intertemporal Variability of Teacher Effect Estimates.
Value-Added And Collateral Damage. (blog that explains it in simple terms)
Value-Added Evaluation Hurts Teaching.
Mathematical Intimidation: Driven by the Data.

Feel free to add topics to the list below, or suggest articles and reports that address these topics.

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Privatization of Public Education

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BOOKS
Why America’s Public Schools Are the Place for Kids, by David F. Brown
Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. The Corporate Takeover of Public Education, by Paul Thomas, Professor at Furman University

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What Do Good Public Schools Look Like?

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Charter School and Voucher Myths

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Why We Need Trained Teachers and Principals?

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Autonomy Without Accountability