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Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking

Susan Notes:

Since these recommendations for policymakers on 10 key issues in education are based on the latest research, not Business Roundtable soundbites, they'll have a tough time getting traction.

NOTE: Each section of this policy brief can be downloaded separately. Go to the hot links below.

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Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking is a 10-part brief that takes up important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each section focuses on a different issue, and its recommendations for policymakers are based on the latest scholarship.


Section 1: Teacher Evaluation. After reviewing different types of evaluative methods, Mathis points out the importance of using a combination of methods, of including all stakeholders in decision-making about evaluation systems, and of investing in the evaluation system.

Section 2: Common Core State Standards. Mathis explains how the actual effect of the widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards will depend less on the standards themselves than on how they are used.

Section 3: Preschool Education. Investment in high-quality preschool education is one of the most effective reform strategies. Bill Mathis details the key elements of such a program, and the supporting research.

Section 4: Effective School Expenditures

Section 5: Funding Formulas and Choice

Section 6: English Language Learners Parent Involvement

Section 7: Dropout Strategies

Section 8: 21st Century College and Career Ready

Section 9: LGBT Safety Policies

Section 10: Detracking

— William Mathis



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