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| Because performance assessments surface examples of how students use their academic and nonacademic learning in authentic situations, they can help admission officers at higher education institutions more fully understand applicants. But a college’s abilities to effectively use reliable evidence of student learning in the admission process depends on how they frame the “ask” for these materials.
Policy Playbook
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Policy Playbook
| The Partnership for the Future of Learning offers a set of strategies to recruit, prepare, develop, and retain high-quality teachers and bring greater racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity to the profession. This in-depth playbook includes examples of legislation and research-based policies, a guide to talking about teacher shortages and strengthening the profession, and publications for further reading.
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| This collection of resources brings together recent and rigorous science to inform school COVID safety efforts, supporting pre-k–12 educators, administrators, and policymakers with evidence-based approaches to provide and sustain safe, in-person instruction for students.
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| The Districts Advancing Racial Equity tool provides a practical and accessible resource for understanding, assessing, and advancing racial equity within school districts. The tool captures research-informed, high-leverage aspects of schooling that school leaders can use to create systems that build on the strengths of and respond to the needs of students of color.
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Map of California school districts
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| How are California school districts and counties impacted by the state’s persistent teacher shortages? An interactive map enables policymakers, advocates, parents, caregivers, and others to answer that question by exploring data in critical areas, such as the percentage of teachers on substandard credentials, the share of beginning teachers, and the rates of teacher turnover—a critical factor driving shortages.
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Interactive map of equity indicators
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| The use of multiple measures in statewide school accountability and improvement systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers states, districts, and schools the chance to gather and respond to information that is meaningfully connected to student opportunity and success. As policymakers, educators, parents, community-based organizations, and other education stakeholders implement ESSA, they can use the information in this interactive tool to identify and target their efforts to ensure that students furthest from opportunity can graduate from high school fully prepared for college, career, and civic engagement.
Policy Playbook
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Policy Playbook
| This resource, from the Partnership for the Future of Learning, provides a comprehensive policy guide for implementing and sustaining community schools. It includes detailed information on the four key pillars of comprehensive community schools and features communications and policy development resources, including model legislative language and policy examples from across the United States.
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Understanding Teacher Shortages Interactive Map
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| How states experience the teacher shortage depends on their unique mix of policies, conditions, and even cost of living. This interactive map provides a state-by-state look at key indicators of teacher supply and demand and the equitable distribution of teachers. States and the District of Columbia receive a teaching attractiveness rating, based on compensation, teacher turnover, working conditions, and qualifications, and a teacher equity rating, based on the distribution of uncertified and inexperienced teachers.
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Let’s Talk: Starting a Conversation About Teacher Turnover
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| High teacher turnover—or churn—undermines student achievement and consumes valuable staff time and resources. It also contributes to teacher shortages throughout the country, as roughly 6 of 10 new teachers hired each year are replacing colleagues who left the classroom before retirement. This tool is designed to help policymakers and stakeholders estimate the cost of teacher turnover in a school or district and to inform a local conversation about how to attract, support, and retain a high-quality teacher workforce.
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| This online research compendium summarizes studies and program evaluations referenced in the report, Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence. It is intended to serve as a resource for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers who are interested in the evidence base for community schools.