ARCHIVE FOR NOVEMBER 2007
USDOE RELEASES FINAL REPORT ON TITLE I (11/19/2007)
Earlier this month, the United States Department of Education released the National Assessment of Title I Final Report to Congress. The report provides new data on the implementation of Title I, and also reports findings related to an experimental study of four remedial reading programs.
The transmittal letter that accompanied the report indicates that gains have been made in student achievement, and that achievement gaps are closing. However, the speed with which these gaps are closing is noted as an area for improvement. Other areas that the report addressed as in need of improvement are the number of students receiving free tutoring and stagnant high school achievement.
Institute of Education Sciences: National Assessment of Title I – Final Report (11/15/2007)
Transmittal Letter from USDOE to Congress (11/15/2007)
STUDY FINDS ACADEMIC ADVANTAGES IN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS (11/21/2007)
A new study finds that disadvantaged students who regularly participate in high-quality afterschool programs have higher scores on standardized tests, exhibit better work habits, and present fewer behavioral problems. The two-year study was undertaken by the University of California at Irvine, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Policy Studies Associates, Inc., and was designed to examine relations between high-quality afterschool programs and desired academic and behavioral outcomes for low-income students. It followed nearly 3,000 ethnically diverse elementary and middle-school students who came from eight states, and a mix of urban, suburban and rural environments.
The results from the study included:
- Elementary age students who regularly participated in the programs showed gains of 20 percent in math achievement tests compared to students who were unsupervised during afterschool hours. Similarly, middle school age children who regularly participated in the programs showed gains of 12 percent in math achievement tests compared to their peers who were unsupervised.
- Elementary age students showed gains in teacher reports of work habits, while middle school age students had significant gains in self-reported work habits.
- Both age groups showed significant reductions in reports of misconduct, such as skipping school and getting into fights.
The study concludes “…plans for high-quality afterschool programming should span entire communities. When communities and program providers unite to recruit and engage youth in high-quality afterschool experiences, programs can provide the types of benefits described here for the largest number of students.”
Outcomes Linked to High-Quality Afterschool Programs: Longitudinal Findings from the Study of Promising Afterschool Programs (10/2007)
REPORT ON SHARED SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE (11/26/2007)
The Institute on Education Law and Policy and the New Jersey School Boards Association are pleased to announce the release of Shared Services in School Districts: Policies, Practices and Recommendations, a major study on shared services in four New Jersey counties.
The report focuses on cooperative activities among school districts, municipalities and county governments in four New Jersey counties: Bergen, Burlington, Essex and Somerset. It discusses the extent to which school districts share services, the benefits of shared services, and best practices. It also recommends changes in law and regulation to further promote shared services among school districts and local government.
The concept of shared services is expected to be a critical component of school district and local government finance due to recent laws that emanated from the state Legislature’s special session on property tax reform and the establishment of a new school funding formula.
Lead researchers will report the study’s findings and recommendations, including initiatives by the state and local school districts at a press conference, to be held at the State House in Trenton on Tuesday, November 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 109.
For further information about the news conference, contact the Institute on Education Law and Policy at (973) 353-5216 or the NJSBA Communications Department at (609) 278-5202.
A full copy of the report and related documents is available at http://ielp.rutgers.edu/projects/sharedservices.