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Quality Counts 2016, Sarah C. Mckenzie, Gary W. Ritter Jan 2016

Quality Counts 2016, Sarah C. Mckenzie, Gary W. Ritter

Policy Briefs

Last week, Education Week released their 20th annual Quality Counts report. This year’s report discusses school accountability and examines state and federal accountability policies. It also grades the nation and each state on academic performance and outcomes. Overall, Arkansas received a C– and was ranked 41st among the 50 states. This policy brief examines Arkansas’ rank in each category of the report as well as the quality of the report itself.


Career Readiness: Arkansas And Beyond, Sarah C. Mckenzie, Gary W. Ritter May 2014

Career Readiness: Arkansas And Beyond, Sarah C. Mckenzie, Gary W. Ritter

Policy Briefs

This policy brief explores how career and technical education is being approached in Arkansas and elsewhere. New career and college readiness initiatives have been undertaken in a variety of settings, including the academy model that is highlighted in this brief. Additionally, the brief will explore career readiness from an international and national perspective and discuss the rationale for why career readiness matters for a considerable number of students in the public schools and workforce development programs across Arkansas.


Full Interview With Lawrence Picus, Sarah C. Mckenzie, Gary W. Ritter Feb 2008

Full Interview With Lawrence Picus, Sarah C. Mckenzie, Gary W. Ritter

Policy Briefs

Lawrence O. Picus is a professor at the USC Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on adequacy and equity in school finance. He has published numerous books and articles, including School Finance: A Policy Perspective (with Allen R. Odden), and Where Does the Money Go?: Resource Allocation in Elementary and Secondary Schools (with James L. Wattenbarger). His consulting firm, Picus and Associates has worked closely with the Arkansas General Assembly over the past few years, making several key recommendations that many state legislators believe have been critical in helping the state achieve educational ...