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This list includes many of the good resources we were referred to or used in researching, writing and producing Making Schools Work for PBS. It is not a comprehensive listing of all available resources.

Articles And Publications

Subscriptions or memberships are required to access many of these publications; however, all of the web sites provide access to some information without a fee.

Educational Leadership

This flagship publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) features articles and commentary about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices relevant to educators and the latest trends and issues affecting pre-kindergarten through higher education.

Education Next

The focus of this journal is research and opinion about education policy and school reform. The web site features unabridged versions of some essays published in the journal.

Education Week

Available online or in print, this news magazine highlights topical education issues. Their annual report, Quality Counts, is a state-by-state analysis of the condition of education that measures student achievement, standards and assessment, teaching quality, school climate, resources and other related issues.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

ERIC is a comprehensive online database of education literature going back to 1966. It includes both journal and non-journal articles.

Phi Delta Kappan

This is an education journal that addresses policy issues and advocates research-based school reform. They produce an annual poll on the public's attitudes towards public schools.

Teachers College Record

Published continuously since 1900 by Teachers College at Columbia University, this journal presents research, analysis and commentary on education.


National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

NCES is the primary federal agency that collects and analyzes data related to all aspects of education from pre-kindergarten to post secondary. There is a wealth of information, figures and charts going back to 1989.

National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP is the only nationally representative and regularly administered assessment of American students in various grade levels and subject areas. It provides results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences and school environment for populations of students (e.g., fourth graders) and subgroups of those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students).

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, PISA is given every three years since 2000 to 15-year-olds in the principal industrialized countries. It measures and ranks countries based on how well students have acquired some of the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

Administered internationally, this assessment provides data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data was collected in 1995, 1999 and 2003; it will be collected next in 2007.

State, District And School Information

EdWatch Online

The Education Trust's EdWatch Online provides state and national data showing student achievement and opportunity patterns from kindergarten through college, by race, ethnicity and family income.

Just for the Kids

Sponsored by The National Center for Educational Accountability, this organization has a database of information on the academic performance of individual schools, comparisons to similar schools and the effective practices found in high performing schools.

School Matters

Created by Standard & Poors to provide an analysis of the nation's educational data, this site offers searchable information about public schools, school districts and state education systems, including student achievement data, financial information, demographic breakdowns and tax base details.

NCLB Database

Created by the Education Commission of the States, this database on No Child Left Behind focuses on the day-to-day status of how state policies match up with NCLB requirements.

Education Research

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA, a professional membership organization, produces scholarly publications and offers trainings, fellowships and meetings to advance educational research.

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

AEI devotes a section of its web site to education policy, examining such topics as school financing, parental choice, No Child Left Behind, educational accountability, Title One, standards, teacher education and certification and urban school reform.

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Among other issues, AIR addresses school reform improvement through research, evaluation and technical assistance. They provide information on projects that support the effective implementation and study the positive impact of federal, state and local school reform programs, policies and initiatives.

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Located at Brown University, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform develops, shares and acts on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children.

Brookings Institution

The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings conducts research on topics in American education, with a special focus on efforts to improve academic achievement in elementary and secondary schools.

Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Testing (CRESST)

Located within UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, CRESST provides research and development information on standards, testing and accountability.

Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk (CRESPAR)

CRESPAR, a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and Howard University, conducts research, development and evaluation of children placed at risk in order to improve and transform their schooling.

Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)

CPRE unites researchers from five of the nation's leading research institutions – the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Stanford Univerisity, the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – in an effort to improve elementary and secondary education through practical research.

Council of the Great City Schools

This coalition of 65 of the nation's largest urban public school systems promotes the improvement of urban education through research, legislation, instruction, management, technology and other special projects.

Education Commission of the States (ECS)

ECS gathers, analyzes and disseminates information about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state education policy.

Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation formulates and promotes conservative public policies on a variety of issues. In education, it provides information and research that supports a competitive market between public, private, charter and home schools.

Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is a public policy research center. Their research on American educational institutions and academic performance addresses education policy related to government provision and oversight.

Institute for Educational leadership (IEL)

IEL seeks to improve educational opportunities and results for children, youth and families by developing and supporting leaders who work together. Through national publications, IEL disseminates information about trends and issues.

Institute of Education Sciences

The Institute of Education Sciences replaced the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in 2002 as the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. It provides information on the condition of education, practices that improve academic achievement and the effectiveness of federal and other education programs.

Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC)

At the University of Pittsburgh, LRDC conducts research on learning and instruction with the aim of contributing to the advancement of education and training.

National Center for Educational Accountability

A collaborative effort of the Education Commission of the States, University of Texas at Austin and Just for the Kids, the center seeks to improve learning through the effective use of school and student data and the identification of best practices.

New American Schools

A business-led organization focused on comprehensive school reform, New American Schools provides professional services and investment in K-12 education. They offer a variety of educational tools and publications to help schools and parents make educated decisions about research-based improvement programs.

Public Agenda

This nonpartisan organization provides facts, public opinion and research on critical issues, like education, that affect the country.

RAND Corporation

The education division of RAND focuses its research on K-12 assessment and accountability, school reform and teaching.

Regional Educational Laboratories (REL)

REL is a network of 10 education labs serving geographical regions that span the nation, each supporting research-based school reform with a specific focus.

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