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California Dropout Research Project

http://www.cdrp.ucsb.edu/dropouts/projectsummary.pdf

The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.
 

Digitally Inclined Report (PDF)

http://www-tc.pbs.org/teachers/_files/pdf/annual-pbs-survey-report.pdf

Grunwald Associates LLC, with a grant from PBS, conducts an annual survey on educatorsí use of media and technology. PBS is sharing select findings from the 2009 survey conducted by Grunwald, which has been examining educatorsí media use for PBS since 2002, to provide information about both instructional needs and trends to education leaders, policymakers, and the media industry. This year's survey includes data collected from Pre-K educators for the first time.
 

Dropping Out of School is One of the Key Social Challenges of Our Time

http://www.portical.org/tools/Dropout_Prevention_Handout.pdf

This pdf matrix lays out what the California Department of Education (CDE) is currently doing and planning on doing to improve dropout reduction in California. Written by the Middle & High School Improvement Office and Educational Options Office under the Secondary, Postsecondary, & Adult Leadership Division, the matrix is designed to provide you with specific programs offered by the CDE and research linking to additional information including locations on the CDE website for best practices, dropout prevention, and much more!
 

Empowering Learning: A Blueprint for California Education Technology

http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/yr14bp0418.pdf

This Blueprint for California Education Technology is a call to action for educators, community leaders, and businesses to work together to find solutions to the challenges we face. This is a guide to help leaders in CA determine direction for technology in their educational programs.
 

Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide

http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/rigorousevid/index.html

The connection between technology, achievement, and other learning outcomes has been the focus of much research, not all of it sound. This guide from the U.S. Department of Education can help you separate the good from the not-so-good. See especially Appendix B, Checklist to Use in Evaluating Whether an Intervention is Backed by Rigorous Evidence.
 

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

http://www.cse.ucla.edu/index.php

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.
 

NCES K-12 Practicioners' Circle

http://nces.ed.gov/practitioners/

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal agency for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations. The K-12 Practitioners' Circle highlights reports and resources of particular use to educators working in schools. There's even a special part of the site customized for administrators!
 

Scientifically Based Research

http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/methods/whatworks/research/index.html

What counts as scientifically based research? In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education convened experts to discuss just that topic. Read papers submitted by the experts and a transcript of the seminar. (NCLB)
 

Technology Counts 2005, Electronic Transfer: Moving Technology Dollars in New Directions

http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2005/05/05/index.html

This is the 8th annual Technology Counts report, released by Education Week. This report examines how policy shifts within federal, state, and local agencies, along with changing economic times are impacting technology use in schools. For example, the report explores the increased emphasis on data-management technologies. While the copyright date is 2005, administrators will still find it worth their while to review sections related to policy.
 

Using Web 2.0 Tools at School

http://www.portical.org/web2/

The January-February 2010 issue of ACSA's Leadership magazine features an article on using Web 2.0 tools at school written by Michael Simkins and Randy Schultz. Get access to the article, take the TICAL Web 2.0 survey, and view survey results from over 300 participants.
 
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