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Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

2003

CPRE Policy Briefs

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The Use Of Research Evidence In Instructional Improvement, Thomas B. Corcoran Nov 2003

The Use Of Research Evidence In Instructional Improvement, Thomas B. Corcoran

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Those who seek to reform our public schools often argue that school performance would improve if only policy and practice were based on evidence. If decision-makers and practitioners paid more attention to research findings, the argument goes, they would make better decisions about improvement strategies and resource allocation, and we would see better results. The belief in this axiom is demonstrated by the increasing frequency with which reformers, educators, and policymakers find it necessary to legitimate their actions with claims that they are "research-based." However, moving beyond rhetoric to actually put this principle into operation turns out to be difficult ...


Developing Communities Of Instructional Practice: Lessons From Cincinnati And Philadelphia, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jolley Bruce Christman Nov 2003

Developing Communities Of Instructional Practice: Lessons From Cincinnati And Philadelphia, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Jolley Bruce Christman

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Over the past several years, education reformers have increasingly invested in the development of communities within schools as a central strategy to improve teaching and student learning. These communities come in various guises, including small schools, small learning communities, and teacher teams. Two assumptions about how these communities will enhance the quality of instruction underlie the push for these more intimate learning environments. First, supporters believe that teachers will get to know their students better and therefore be more able to respond to students’ learning needs. Second, advocates contend that small communities will encourage teachers to collaborate more in order ...


What Explains Differences In International Performance? Timss Researchers Continue To Look For Answers, Deborah Nelson Sep 2003

What Explains Differences In International Performance? Timss Researchers Continue To Look For Answers, Deborah Nelson

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The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)-1995 and its successor, TIMSS-1999, provide researchers, policymakers, and educators with an unprecedented opportunity to explore the possible relationships between educational policies and student achievement in an international context. Due to the amount and complexity of the TIMSS data, analyses have proceeded in phases, each providing a more detailed and sophisticated understanding of these relationships. This Brief is the third in the Consortium for Policy Research in Education’s (CPRE) series reporting on the policy implications of TIMSS data. It summarizes results of recently completed TIMSS research that explores in greater detail ...