Curricular/Instructional Reforms

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A Case Study of Two Community College Programs Designed to Accelerate Students Through Developmental Math

May, 2013
Kelley Fong, Mary Visher

Acceleration” strategies seek to help developmental students progress to college-level math quicker. This report examines two models: one at Broward College compresses a traditional 16-week course into eight weeks and another at Tarrant County College divides a course into modules, allowing students to skip content they’ve already mastered.

Brief
March, 2013

Urban high schools are in trouble — high dropout rates, low student achievement, and graduates who are unprepared for the world of work are just some of the disappointing indicators. However, this policy memo, part of our “Looking Forward” series, explains how recent research has uncovered a number of approaches to improving student outcomes and reforming underperforming schools.

Brief
February, 2013

How do we make the most of the promise of preschool, particularly as preschool programs become universal? How do we avoid the “fade out” of early positive effects as children transition to elementary school? Part of our “Looking Forward” series, this policy memo describes how enhancing children’s social and emotional development and their early math skills may be part of the answer.

 

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Report on Program Impacts, Program Fidelity, and Contrast

December, 2012
William Corrin, James J. Lindsay, Marie-Andrée Somers, Nathan E. Myers, Coby V. Meyers, Christopher A. Condon, Janell K. Smith

The Content Literacy Continuum combines whole-school and targeted approaches to supporting student literacy and content learning, using instructional routines and learning strategies. This report describes implementation and impact findings from a random assignment study involving 33 high schools in nine school districts.

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An Evaluation of Achieving the Dream in Washington State

December, 2012
Davis Jenkins, John Wachen, Monica Reid Kerrigan, Alexander Mayer

In 2006, six community and technical colleges in Washington State joined the innovative Achieving the Dream (ATD) initiative. This report describes the progress they made in implementing ATD’s “culture of evidence” principles for institutional improvement, examines strategies they implemented to improve student success, and charts trends in student outcomes before and after they joined ATD.

Brief

How Do We Know What Works?

October, 2010
Thomas Brock

Prepared for the recent White House Summit on Community Colleges, this paper describes interventions with rigorous research evidence of effectiveness and offers thoughts on bringing such programs to scale. The good news is: many states and colleges are piloting reforms, and there is a growing body of evidence on strategies that work.

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