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The 2009 Brown Center Report on American Education

How Well Are American Students Learning?

By Tom Loveless.

Publication Year: 2011

The Brown Center Report on American Education provides an accurate, nonpartisan, data-driven account of American elementary and secondary education. Its purpose is four-fold: to determine the direction of achievement in U.S. public schools; to gauge the significance of changes; to uncover the policies and practices influencing the direction of student achievement; and finally, to figure out whether the public is getting the full story on student learning. This year’s report tackles perennial questions of how to interpret trends in test scores, the distribution of achievement, school turnarounds, and charter schools. It examines national test data going back to 1971 from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, compares the 1989 and 2009 test scores of more than 1,000 schools, and compares the test scores of conversion charter schools from 1986 to those from 2008.

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

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Title Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. 2-

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What Do The 2009 NAEP Scores Tell Us?

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pp. 7-18

THE LATEST SCORES FROM THE NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF Educational Progress (NAEP) were released in October 2009. Commonly called "the nation's report card,"

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Do Schools Ever Change? An Empirical Investigation

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pp. 19-25

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE FIXING PERSISTENTLY failing schools a primary focus of its education policy. "Turn-arounds" are a hot topic. States applying for Race to the Top grants in 2010 will receive more favorable treatment if plans for turning around failing schools are included in the application. Much of the rhetoric on turnarounds is pie in the sky—more wishful thinking than a realistic assessment of what school reform can actually accomplish...

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What Do We Know About Conversion Charter Schools?

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pp. 26-31

MOST CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE START-UPS, CREATED ORIGINALLYas charter schools. Conversion charter schools, in contrast, were once conventional public schools and then converted to charter status. Conversions make up only about 10 percent of charter schools nationally.18 Despite their small numbers, conversions attract a lot of interest from school reformers as a tool for turning around failing schools. The idea is this: after several years of failing to improve...

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pp. 32-33

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E-ISBN-13: 9780815722359
E-ISBN-10: 0815722354
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815704935
Print-ISBN-10: 0815704933

Page Count: 36
Publication Year: 2011