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Comprehensive School Reform


Welcome to NCREL's Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Web site! This site includes a wide array of materials to assist in the planning and implementation of CSR programs, including an overview of the program, tools and resources, NCREL state contact information, guidance in addressing the 11 components, and frequently asked questions.


New Resources

Policy Issues: "Beyond High School: Improving Transition Programs for Postsecondary Education"
The newest Policy Issues from Learning Point Associates focuses on how practitioners and policymakers can help students improve the transition from high school to a variety of postsecondary educational options. This issue reviews a number of transition programs and highlights policy recommendations in the areas of student preparation, funding, and governance.

Guidance for Successful Adolescent Literacy Programs
The Learning Point Associates Adolescent Literacy Web site features new resources, tools, and information to help practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and other stakeholders define and implement effective research-based literacy programs aimed at helping students achieve success. The site presents essential components of a successful program, including a data-driven model for adolescent literacy and well-defined reading instruction.

Updated Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Guidance (Microsoft® Word®)
The U.S. Department of Education released its updated Supplemental Educational Services Non-Regulatory Guidance on June 13, 2020. The document expands on the guidance released in August 2003 and addresses a number of new questions and issues that have arisen through the experience of implementing the provisions. It includes more guidance for parents seeking to understand and access SES for their children, direction for state education agencies in selecting and monitoring providers, and for local education agencies in implementing the program.

Supplemental Educational Services Toolkit
The Supplemental Education Services Quality Center's Web site, Tutors for Kids, features tools, resources, and information to educate and guide parents and community leaders in making the right choices about Supplemental Educational Services. The site features a new SES in Action Toolkit that includes documents that may be downloaded, edited, and adapted for local use. It also provides background information on the SES program and outlines the roles of states, providers, districts, and parents in carrying out a successful program.

Featured Resources

Quick Key 9 Action Guide: Strategies to Improve High Schools
Learning Point Associates developed the Quick Key series to assist educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders in understanding and implementing the No Child Left Behind Act. This Quick Key, the second of a new series, assists educators in building capacity to improve the achievement of high school students.

NCLB Action Briefs: State and Local Report Cards
A new report outlines the information and data that state education agencies must disseminate under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The publication was released in May by the Public Education Network, a national association of local education reform groups, and the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, a partnership of parent organizations and advocacy groups. The 22-page report also provides information on school and district report cards.

New CSR Web-based Toolkit
The SERVE Center for Continuous Improvement at the University of North Carolina Greensboro recently announced the release of its new Web-based toolkit, Comprehensive School Reform Formative Evaluation Database. This collection of tools was designed to assist schools with data collection and analysis as they evaluate the implementation of their comprehensive school reform programs.

Center for High School Excellence
Learning Point Associates joins the nationwide effort to improve high schools with its launch of the Center for High School Excellence. The Web site provides educators, policymakers, and the public with research-based information that identifies critical challenges facing American high schools and aligns those challenges with strategies that can be implemented for measurable results.

Quick Key 8 Action Guide: Teacher Quality Improves Student Achievement
This Quick Key Action Guide, Teacher Quality Improves Student Achievement, is the first in a new series designed to help educators build capacity to effectively implement key components of NCLB. It describes the NCLB teacher-quality provisions and focuses specifically on ways to close the achievement gaps by improving the quality of teachers.

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is dedicated to helping schools increase student achievement by organizing, planning, implementing, and sustaining comprehensive reform and improvement. The Center Web site includes an online library comprised of a searchable database of abstracts related to reform, a monthly newsletter, and a News page that is updated regularly with new resources.

Longitudinal Assessment of Comprehensive School Reform Program Implementation and Outcomes (Adobe® Reader® PDF 464KB)
The first-year Longitudinal Assessment of Comprehensive School Reform Program Implementation and Outcomes report is available from the U.S. Department of Education. This study was conducted to determine how CSR funds were targeted, how the program was implemented, what the program's impact was on student achievement, and what conditions influenced program implementation at the state and district levels.

Unlocking the 11 Components of CSR
This document provides schools and districts with practical guidance, based on scientific research and best practices, to successfully implement each component of comprehensive school reform. It is available in both PDF and HTML formats on The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement Web site.

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