Policy & Research

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State Accountability
Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE)
Ruth Chung Wei
Vinci Daro
Nicole Holthuis
Kari Kokka
Daisy Martin
Nicole Renner
Jill Wertheim
Susan E. Schultz
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This report seeks to make large-scale assessments of student achievement more transparent and provide guidance on item development and quality. The report provides an in-depth look at what is assessed in a selection of current large-scale assessment items to illustrate what kinds of student...

State Examples
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
Diane Friedlaender
Dion Burns
Heather Lewis-Charp
Channa Mae Cook-Harvey
Xinhua Zheng
Linda Darling-Hammond
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This report focuses on schools using student-centered practices through either the Linked Learning initiative or Envision Education model. Linked Learning, a state-wide initiative, integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences.  The main features...

Equity Issues
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
Diane Friedlaender
Linda Darling-Hammond
Jon Snyder
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This policy brief describes how four student-centered high schools support student success. In addition, it recommends policy strategies that could sustain schools like these on a much broader scale, so that they become the norm rather than the exception.  The four high schools featured in this...

Performance Assessment & 21st Century Learning
Center for Teaching Quality
Barnett Berry
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This paper is about transforming how students learn and lead by re-evaluating the systems that govern teacher learning and leadership.  By integrating a variety of research evidence and narratives, the author examines current reforms' limitations, explore deeper learning’s promise, and summarize...

State Examples
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Ace Parsi
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This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that underlie deeper learning,...

Equity Issues
Jobs for the Future
Pedro Noguera
Linda Darling-Hammond
Diane Friedlaender
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This paper makes a compelling case for “student-centered” practices in the nation’s high schools. The paper does not offer a prescriptive agenda.  But the authors do argue, and the evidence strongly suggests, that students benefit when given ample opportunities to:  

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