Linda Darling-Hammond and Frank Adamson examine experiences with large-scale performance assessment in the United States and abroad.
Suzanne Lane discusses the use of assessments in other educational systems, their impact on student reasoning skills, and evidence that supports their use.
This brief describes distributive leadership, shares an example of a California district using this practice to implement reform, surfaces potential challenges, and offers questions to consider.
In this report, Sandra Dean and colleagues examine teacher evaluation practices in California and offer seven recommendations for improving the system.
Linda Darling-Hammond's new book develops a clear and coherent set of policies that can be used to create high-quality and equitable schools.
Mark Wilson et al. examine the effectiveness of two teacher assessment systems: Connecticut's BEST program and ETS' Praxis series.
This brief SRN report focuses on a reform effort taking place in ten school districts in California that are planning a comprehensive system of multiple pathways in high schools.
Vanessa Siddle Walker invokes the voices of black educators who challenged the diluted and failed vision for an integrated South after 1954's Brown v. Board of Education.
Kenneth Montgomery uses ACORN's success to highlight the community's role in launching schools and the promise of “re-incubation” for overcoming tremendous challenges.
Julie Kessler explores the successes and challenges of opening a new International High School in Oakland based upon the Internationals model.
Diane Friedlaender and Kenneth Montgomery use the turnaround of Elmhurst Community Prep to illustrate small school reform strategy.
Diane Friedlaender follows ASCEND’s development over time and shows how the school has refined its original design to strengthen its instructional program.
This final report by SRN provides a brief history of Oakland’s small schools initiative, analyzes factors influencing its success, and offers insights about policies and practices that can support continued progress.
Diane Friedlaender and Kenneth Montgomery take a look at EnCompass' unique educational philosophy, which bases the school's culture and instructional program on “four life spirals.”
Ash Vasudeva demonstrates the promise and challenges of converting McClymonds High into two small schools that share an existing campus.
In this paper, Prudence Carter et al. argue that certain educational practices in the United States and South Africa converge to thwart integrationist goals.
Susan Eaton and Sara Abiola translate knowledge from the “social determinants of health” arena to suggest policy and programming changes in disadvantaged communities.
Prudence Carter assesses the literature on cultural explanations for ethno-racial differences in K–12 schooling and academic performance.
Linda Darling-Hammond reviews a number of recent studies that point to the types of teacher preparation that produce positive outcomes for student learning.