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  • The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education

    Written on September 21, 2015

    At the same time that the minority student population in the U.S. has increased dramatically, the percentage of nonwhite teachers nationwide only increased from 12 to 17 percent between 1987 and 2012. This report analyzes the national trends and takes a closer look at what has been happening in nine major U.S. cities, finding that substantial representation gaps between minority teachers and minority students persist.

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  • Teaching in Context: The Social Side of Education Reform

    Written on February 22, 2017

    Teaching in Context (Harvard Education Press, 2017) provides new evidence from a range of leading scholars showing that teachers become more effective when they work in organizations that support them in comprehensive and coordinated ways. The volume is edited by ASI senior fellow Esther Quintero and has a foreword by Andy Hargreaves.

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  • Deconstructing the Myth of American Public Schooling Inefficiency

    Written on June 6, 2016

    In this report, Bruce Baker and Mark Weber (Rutgers University) use existing research and original analysis to dismantle the common myth that U.S. public schools spend more money and get worse results than do other developed nations, and provide discussion and analysis of what can and cannot be learned from existing data.

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  • Teacher Segregation in Los Angeles and New York City

    Written on May 5, 2016

    This research brief presents a descriptive analysis of the segregation of teachers by race and ethnicity in the nation's two largest school districts, New York City and Los Angeles.

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  • Competing Strands Of Educational Reform Policy: Can Collaborative School Reform and Teacher Evaluation Reform Be Reconciled?

    Written on April 7, 2016

    As school systems devote tremendous resources to examining the effectiveness of individual teachers, how can we encourage schools to make room for collaborative practices? This paper begins to conceptualize one avenue for reconciling these ideas: Rigurously measuring team teaching and making room for the assessment of team work in schools' evaluation processes.

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  • The Social Side Of Education Reform: A Research Primer

    Written on April 5, 2016

    This publication pulls together six important research essays from the social side of eduction blog series. Collectively, these essays make a compelling case that increasing the instructional capacity of schools requires looking beyond individual teacher effectiveness. 

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  • Does Money Matter in Education? Second Edition

    Written on January 20, 2016

    A comprehensive review of the empirical evidence on whether and how money matters in education, written by Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker. This is the second edition of this report.

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  • The State of Teacher Diversity Executive Summary

    Written on September 16, 2015

    The State of Teacher Diversity Executive Summary

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  • The Evidence on the "Florida Formula" for Education Reform

    Written on June 22, 2015

    A review of the high quality evidence on the "Florida Formula for education success," a package of policies put in place during the late 1990s and 2000s, which focus generally on test-based accountability, competition, and choice.

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  • Literacy Ladders

    Written on February 1, 2015

    This curated collection of essays for early childhood educators and others examines the research on increasing young children's language, knowledge, and reading comprehension.

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