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Through its nonpartisan policy work, Learning Point Associates strives to get education research and policy-relevant data into the hands of those who need it. The resources provided below are a result of the Learning Point Associates work in education policy.

Image of  The School Leadership Triangle: From Compliance to Innovation The School Leadership Triangle: From Compliance to Innovation
In The School Leadership Triangle, Paul Kimmelman, Ed.D., provides a three-point framework for creating the conditions that improve schools and districts: federal policy compliance, effective leadership, and innovation.

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Image of Connecting Research About Access to Higher Education to Practice Connecting Research About Access to Higher Education to Practice
Outlines the barriers to higher education for students and provides policymakers and practitioners with resources.

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21 pages
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Image of Connecting Research to Practice: Knowing Who Is Proficient Isn Connecting Research to Practice: Knowing Who Is Proficient Isn't Always Sufficient
Three components to help educators and policymakers understand the limitations of relying on a single measurement tool and the value of continually seeking out multiple perspectives on student performance data.

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Image of Examining District Guidance to Schools on Teacher Evaluation Policies in the Midwest Region Examining District Guidance to Schools on Teacher Evaluation Policies in the Midwest Region
This descriptive study provides a snapshot of teacher evaluation policies across a demographically diverse sample of districts in the Midwest Region.

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37 pages
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Image of Keeping Pace With K–12 Online Learning: A Review of State-Level Policy and Practices Keeping Pace With K–12 Online Learning: A Review of State-Level Policy and Practices
Online learning holds promise for providing new educational opportunities to a wide range of students across the country. The rapid expansion of K–12 online learning, however, threatens to outpace the development of appropriate state-level policies...

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131 pages
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Image of Methodologies Used by Midwest Region States for Studying Teacher Supply and Demand Methodologies Used by Midwest Region States for Studying Teacher Supply and Demand
This report describes how state education agencies in the Midwest Region monitor teacher supply, demand, and shortage; details why they monitor these data; and offers estimates of the monetary costs incurred in performing such studies.

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42 pages
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Image of Policy Issues (No. 16) - State Education Data Systems That Increase Learning and Improve Accountability Policy Issues (No. 16) - State Education Data Systems That Increase Learning and Improve Accountability
This issue examines the current condition of state education data systems by looking critically at the past, present, and future of education data use. It assesses the components needed for system improvements and provides policy recommendations...

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12 pages
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Image of Policy Issues (No. 17) - Education Evolution: The Need to Keep Pace With Development of K-12 Online Learning Policy Issues (No. 17) - Education Evolution: The Need to Keep Pace With Development of K-12 Online Learning
Online learning is changing the way education is delivered, especially for students whose choices are limited due to their locations, physical challenges, or scheduling conflicts. This edition of Policy Issues highlights K–12 online learning...

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16 pages
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Image of Policy Issues (No. 18) - Beyond High School: Improving Transition Programs for Postsecondary Education Policy Issues (No. 18) - Beyond High School: Improving Transition Programs for Postsecondary Education
More than 90 percent of high school seniors expect to attend some type of college, yet in 2001, only 32 percent of graduates were prepared for postsecondary education. This timely edition of Policy Issues focuses on the importance of success...

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12 pages
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Image of Policy Issues (No. 19) - Ensuring Equity, Access, and Quality In 21st Century Community Learning Centers Policy Issues (No. 19) - Ensuring Equity, Access, and Quality In 21st Century Community Learning Centers
This edition of Policy Issues looks at the status of access, equity, and quality issues affecting the 21st CCLC afterschool initiative. The issue begins with background information on the 21st CCLC program...

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24 pages
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Image of Policy Issues (No. 20) - Targeting Teacher Recruitment And Retention Policies For At-Risk Schools Policy Issues (No. 20) - Targeting Teacher Recruitment And Retention Policies For At-Risk Schools
This edition of Policy Issues addresses teacher recruitment and retention policies in play across the country. We start by proposing a generally accepted definition of at-risk schools and making a case for why it is so important to improve...

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12 pages
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Image of Policy Issues (No. 21) - Using Data To Understand the Academic Performance of English Language Learners Policy Issues (No. 21) - Using Data To Understand the Academic Performance of English Language Learners
This edition of Policy Issues has been developed to provide perspectives on how information that is already being collected can be analyzed and reported in ways that support the internal information needs of educational systems.

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16 pages
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Image of Preliminary Review: CCSSO Strategic Initiatives Identified in State Phase 1 Race to the Top Applications Preliminary Review: CCSSO Strategic Initiatives Identified in State Phase 1 Race to the Top Applications
Learning Point Associates and the Council of Chief State School Officers examine trends in the education workforce; information systems and research; next-generation learners; and standards, assessments, and accountability.

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48 pages
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Image of Quick Key  1 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reading Quick Key 1 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reading
The purpose of this Quick Key is to help educators in schools and districts understand the basics of what No Child Left Behind (NCLB) means for their reading programs. While NCLB reading programs focus primarily on prekindergarten through...

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Image of Quick Key  2 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Opportunities for Schools in Need of Improvement Quick Key 2 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Opportunities for Schools in Need of Improvement
The purpose of this Quick Key is to help administrators, educators, parents, and community members understand some of the opportunities and resources available to schools that do not reach adequate yearly progress.

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Image of Quick Key  3 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Technology Integration Quick Key 3 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Technology Integration
This brochure is intended to assist policymakers, administrators, and educators in understanding the fundamentals of how the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act translates into their own technology integration initiatives. The significant technology...

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8 pages
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Image of Quick Key  4 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Mathematics and Science Quick Key 4 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Mathematics and Science
The purpose of this Quick Key is to help educators in schools and districts understand the fundamentals of what No Child Left Behind (NCLB) means for their mathematics and science curricula. The NCLB legislation also emphasizes the...

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Image of Quick Key  5 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: English Proficiency Quick Key 5 - Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: English Proficiency
What defines a highly qualified teacher of LEP students? What is required of LEP students and who is accountable? How is progress of all students ensured? When and how is English language proficiency assessed? All of these questions, and many more...

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Image of Quick Key  8  Action Guide - Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Teacher Quality Improves Student Achievement Quick Key 8 Action Guide - Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Teacher Quality Improves Student Achievement
Learning Point Associates introduces the Quick Key Action Guides, designed to help educators successfully implement the various components of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The new series builds on the quality and success of the first...

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14 pages
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Image of Quick Key 10 Action Guide - Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Using Student Engagement to Improve Adolescent Literacy Quick Key 10 Action Guide - Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Using Student Engagement to Improve Adolescent Literacy
Reading and writing touch practically every aspect of our lives. Yet so many middle school and high school students struggle with reading and writing skills. Until recently, federal attention was focused primarily on literacy in the early grades but ...

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Image of Snapshots of Indiana’s Full-Day Kindergarten Programs Before and After the State’s Funding Increase for the Program Snapshots of Indiana’s Full-Day Kindergarten Programs Before and After the State’s Funding Increase for the Program
This brief describes Indiana’s full-day kindergarten enrollment patterns before and after the legislation (in 2006/07 and 2007/08) both in the state at large and in individual school corporations (equivalent to school districts) for all kindergarten stude

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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Management in Minnesota State Policies on Human Capital Management in Minnesota
This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Minnesota in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and compensation and working conditions.

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22 pages
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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Illinois State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Illinois
This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Illinois in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and compensation and working conditions.

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33 pages
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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Indiana State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Indiana
This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Indiana in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and compensation and working conditions.

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26 pages
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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Iowa State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Iowa
This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Iowa in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and compensation and working conditions.

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35 pages
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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Michigan State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Michigan
This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Michigan in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and compensation and working conditions.

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28 pages
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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Ohio State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Ohio
This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Ohio in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and compensation and working conditions.

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29 pages
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Image of State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Wisconsin State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Wisconsin
State Policies on Human Capital Resource Management in Wisconsin This brief on human capital resource management describes state policies in Wisconsin in four key areas—preparation and licensure, recruitment, induction and professional development, and co

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Image of Using Multiple Levels of Data to Address Education Issues Using Multiple Levels of Data to Address Education Issues
This Policy Brief is based on Getting the Evidence for Evidence-Based Initiatives: How the Midwest States Use Data Systems to Improve Educational Processes and Outcomes.

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