Recent Publications

Using standardized test scores as the main measure of educational achievement is not enough to capture the complexity of a student’s or school’s needs, challenges, and successes. Leveraging Time for School Equity: Indicators to Measure More and Better Learning Time presents a new set of comprehensive, rich, and meaningful measures of what matters to...

School communities across the country are working hard to comply with new state and federal policies requiring that all students be prepared for success in college. Technological advances and new reporting requirements make data on students and schools more accessible than ever—but more and better data alone are not enough to meet the challenges posed by the troubling opportunity and achievement gaps that keep many students from reaching their goals after high...

As states begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, there will be a greater need for collaboration between districts and their partners to support students, especially as many school districts are simultaneously facing a time of increased budget austerity. While prior research has focused on after-school and higher-education collaborations with districts, there has been less written about collaborations that are specifically focused on college readiness. This study provides useful...

This issue of VUE reflects on the lessons learned from three years of work on AISR’s College Readiness Indicator Systems project. Collectively, the articles frame our current understanding of college readiness and show how college readiness indicator systems are being infused into the day-to-day work and culture of the project sites. We hope that the lessons shared might help other school communities navigate the challenges and realize the promise of the new national...

Each year between 2008 and 2011, more than 35,000 late-enrolling, high-need students were disproportionately assigned by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to struggling public high schools, essentially setting up the students and schools for failure, according to a study from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) detailed in this report.

The beginning of a new presidential term in 2013 provides an opportunity to reflect on what’s working and what needs improvement in education reform policies. The year 2013 also marks AISR’s twentieth anniversary of research and capacity building in support of equity and excellence in urban public education. Informed by those two decades of work, this issue of VUE – featuring, for the first time, AISR authors for all the articles and...

AISR had a unique opportunity to observe, facilitate, and document the early stages of a comprehensive and successful districtwide reform effort in Knoxville, Tennessee, through AISR's Central Office Review for Results and Equity, or CORRE in 2008, and then follow up four years later. The Central Office Review for Results and Equity...

Making sure that students graduate high school prepared for college and work has acquired increasing urgency in education reform today. But how do we know when a student is “college ready?" And, most importantly, how do we use that information to design effective supports and interventions? In this issue of VUE, researchers from AISR and the John W. Gardner Center (JGC), district and school administrators, and a college president...

The portfolio district model adopted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City is often held up as a national model for high school "choice," touted as the best way to reduce pernicious race- and income-based achievement gaps. According to this model, student demographics are “no excuse” for poor performance: teacher quality is the single most important determinant of student success. But this AISR study on college readiness shows that in spite of...

In the summer 2012 issue of VUE, developed in partnership with the Education for Liberation Network, participants from the 2011 Free Minds Free People Conference write about the liberatory potential of education. Through myriad lenses, these teachers, students, activists, and scholars focus on the crucial ways that education forms the most basic foundation of a democratic, equitable society and what it means to engage in education for liberation. 

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