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BOARD OF EDUCATION

U.S. Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov/)
This is the U.S. Department of Education's official website. It's a good place to start if you are researching federal legislation or need federal education data and statistics. This is the repository for national data-click on "Research" or "Statistics" to browse current holdings. There's also a link to the new "No Child Left Behind" website.

State Board of Education http://www.statelocalgov.net/50states-education.cfm
State BOE websites are a great place to research education issues in your state. The recent national trend for pushing through education policies (progressive & conservative) bypasses federal jurisdiction by focusing on the state level. State BOE websites have information about Board members, meeting agendas & notes, and links to local school districts.

· If you are looking for information & statistics, look for key words: REPORTS, STATISTICS, PROFILES, REPORT CARDS.
· If you are looking for who has power, look for key words: ORGANIZATIONAL CHART STRUCTURE.
· If you are looking for policies, look for key words: look for meeting agendas, minutes, etc.

State

State Education Department

State Higher Education Agency
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Washington D.C.

D.C. Public Schools

 

Florida
Florida Board of Regents
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
MDE: Office of Higher Education
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
NYSED/Office of Higher Education
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

SEARCHABLE DATABASES

ERIC (http://www.eric.ed.gov)
This site contains the largest collection of education materials available online!
ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center, a federally-funded national information system that provides a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues.

Chicago Public Schools Department of Research and Evaluation (http://research.cps.k12.il.us/)
Easy access to test scores and demographic reports for the Chicago public schools.

Great Schools.net (http://www.greatschools.net/)
GreatSchools.net provides information about public, private and charter k-12 schools in all 50 states and provides detailed school profiles for California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Washington. The National School Guide provides basic information about virtually every K-12 school in the country. State School Guides include in-depth school profiles, school search and sort tools, custom email newsletters and state-specific advice about navigating the public school system. Access is free!

InsideSchools.org (http://www.insideschools.org)
New York City Public School Information

"Public School Reports is an authoritative, independent on-line guide offered by Advocates for Children of New York." The site contains statistical profiles for every school in New York city. To go directly to a school profile, just click on the grade level link that interests you.

National Center for Educational Achievement (http://www.just4kids.org/en/)
Click on “Research and Policy”
Analyzes trends in education using longitudinal data tracking from elementary to college. Includes analysis of public school academic performance data and identification and study of high-performing schools for six states: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. For all other states the only information available is a brief overview of statewide testing standards, a summary of what data is currently collected, and what data still needs to be collected by the state.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (http://nces.ed.gov/)
"NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations." By clicking on the "Ed Stats at a Glance" tab on the left side of the page you can search several NCES sources at once, including: The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics. You can also open each of these sources separately.

QuickStats (http://nces.ed.gov/datalab)
A new data tool that makes several postsecondary education datasets easily accessible to the public. QuickStats allows public access for data consumers -- such as policy makers, legislative staff, journalists, students, and others -- to answer questions using data collected by NCES.

GENERAL INFORMATION SOURCES

American Federation of Teachers (http://www.aft.org/)
This is the official site of the American Federation of Teachers. You can see what position the AFT has taken on a variety of issues including privatization, vouchers, charter schools and many more by clicking on "AFT on the Issues". But the best reason to visit this site is for the "AFT Reports" which cover a range of topics from teacher's salaries to analysis' of standards-based reform efforts in the 50 states. Their "Publications" and "Press Center" sections contain useful information too.

Council of Great City Schools (http://www.cgcs.org/)
"The Nation's Voice for Urban Education"--The Council of Great City Schools is a coalition of more than 60 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. Their website has a wealth of resources on urban education issues. Check out the "Reports & Data" section which covers a wide variety of topics of interest to educators, students, and activists. All reports can be accessed for free!

National Center for the Study of Privatization in Public Education http://ncspe.org/
The Center provides independent, non-partisan information on and analysis of privatization in education. The Center's program includes research, evaluation, conferences, publications, and dissemination on a full range of issues regarding privatization of education from pre-school to higher education, both national and international.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) (http://www.edfacilities.org/)
NCEF's site is a complete resource list of links, books, and journal articles on methods used by state and local governments and school districts to finance K-12 school construction, renovation and repair projects. Their "News" section provides summaries of local, regional and national news about K-12 educational facilities and has links to full text articles when available. The "Construction Data" section has links to reports that provide national and regional aggregate cost data on school construction. The site is searchable and easy to navigate! Access is free.

National Education Association (NEA) (http://www.nea.org)
The National Education Association, based in Washington D.C., is "the nation's leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education." NEA boasts a membership of over 2.7 million educators who work in every level of the educational field. Their website is a useful resource for students and activists who work in the educational reform field. For background information on a variety of topics, from rural education to technology in the schools, check out the "Hot Topics" section. You can access some very interesting comparative statistics in the "Publications" section. More useful information and statistics can be found by clicking on "Read Good News About Your Local Schools".

* National Institute for Urban School Improvement (http://www.urbanschools.org/index.html)
This website will help you develop insight into the complex issue faced by urban families and their children as they strive for access to high quality, results-oriented education. Check out their “Data Maps” section.

EDUCATION NEWS and JOURNALS

*Education Week on the Web (http://www.edweek.org/)
Now you can access current education news from all 50 states! You can search the archives and browse past issues of the publication too. At top of the page, you can click on "state info" to narrow your search for news to a specific state. At the top of the page, you'll find the site's "Special Reports" and "Hot Topics" sections. Check out the "Research in Education" section for the latest findings and trends in educational research. You can also sign up to receive free e-newsletters on different educational topics. Access is free!

Eduventures.com (http://www.eduventures.com)
"Eduventures, Inc. is the leading, independent research and advisory firm dedicated exclusively to the coverage and service of corporate, postsecondary, and pre-K-12 learning markets." Click on "Research" to access the sites' Research Alerts and Research Briefs. Recent Research Reports provide news and analysis covering trends in the pre-K-12, postsecondary, and corporate training markets. The Research Briefs provide short, timely, and expert perspectives on the landscape and trends in the education industry. Click on "Industry News" to access current news about the education industry or on individual companies operating in the field. Registration is required but free for limited access. There is a subscription fee to access the entire site.

Rethinking Schools Online-An Urban Educational Journal (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/)
Rethinking Schools is a progressive online publication with a strong emphasis on issues of equity, social justice, and the problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race. It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work. Founded in 1986 by activist teachers, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials.

POLICY and RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

• * American Diploma Project (http://americandiplomaproject.org/)
This thinktank is a strong backer of high school exit exams. Formed in 2001, by four national education organizations - Achieve, Inc., The Education Trust, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and The National Alliance of Business - came together to strategize about producing a standardized workforce for the new economy. In other words, using the exit exam to track folks into "skilled" jobs or military service. Their mode of operation is to create policies on the state level throughout the nation in order to bypass federal intervention. Currently five states are piloting this: Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada and Texas. They plan to launch nationally in Fall 2003.

Annenberg Institute for School Reform http://www.annenberginstitute.org/
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities. focus is on developing and promoting the concept of “smart education systems”; that is, systems that coordinate educational supports and services wherever they occur – at school, at home, and in the community – in order to provide all children with equitable opportunities and high-quality learning experiences.

The Broad Foundation (http://www.broadfoundation.org)
The Broad Foundation is the $400 million neo-liberal philanthropic vehicle for Los Angeles housing development and investments billionaire, Eli Broad (& wife Edythe), to take on K-12 education issues and develop a future standardized workforce of "knowledge workers." The Foundation supports reforming urban public schools through entrepreneurial CEO-trained leadership, mayoral takeovers. The Broad Fdtn sees the main value of education in its output of skilled workers, hence the focus on standardized testing. The Fdtn's three flagship initiatives are The Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Broad Center for Superintendents (nonprofit executive development center established by the Fdtn and former Michigan Governor, John Engler), and The Broad Institute for School boards.

The Brown Center on Education Policy (http://www.brook.edu/dybdocroot/gs/brown/brown_hp.htm)
"The Brown Center on Education Policy conducts research on topics in American education, with a special focus on efforts to improve academic achievement in elementary and secondary schools." Click on the "Research" or "Publications" tabs on the left side of the page to access the Center's current and archived research reports and articles. There is a heavy emphasis on vouchers, urban school reform, and charter schools.

Civil Rights Project
http://www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/
Education research and policy advocacy to advance a civil rights agenda.

Heartland Institute (http://www.heartland.org/)
This site holds a wealth of information on education reform, including more than 7,000 downloadable policy analyses from over 300 think tanks. You can also access back issues of School Reform News. Despite the pro-market school reform bias, there is lots of valuable information hidden in this site.

Francis Xavier Shen (http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~fxshen/papers.html)
Shen is a Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy at Harvard University. His personal website has papers on education reform, school takeovers (mayoral & state), and charter schools.

CALIFORNIA-SPECIFIC SOURCES

California Department of Education (CDE) (http://www.cde.ca.gov/)
The homepage of the California Department of Education has helpful links to demographic, financial, performance, and background information about all aspects of public education in the state of California. There is a topic search on the upper right hand corner of the page that can make navigating this site much easier. On the left side of the page you will find the department's "favorites" which include links to the State Board of Education and to information on the High School Exit Exam.

California Healthy Schools (http://www.calhealthyschools.org/)
A California-based clearinghouse of information and tools to help eliminate the widespread, unnecessary and harmful use of toxics pesticides in our schools. The site has a very resourceful "Pesticide Action Kit" to help introduce you to the widespread problem of pesticide use in and around our schools and a great introduction to the Healthy Schools Act of 2000. Be sure to check out the report, Learning Curve, written by researchers at the California Public Interest Research Group.

Data Quest (http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/)
A wonderful site put out by the California Department of Education that allows you to create your own reports about API, enrollment, graduates, dropouts, course enrollments, staffing, English Learners, and Stanford 9 test data. Very easy to use. Has subject and level search fields. Access is free!

• * Education Data Partnership (Ed-Data) (http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/)
A very useful source put out by the Alameda County Office of Education, the California Department of Education, EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). The site contains a wealth of financial, demographic, and performance data on California's K-12 public schools. You can request data by state, county, district, or school. The site also has a good "Education Issues and Background" section that gives helpful background info on education issues pertinent to youth activists, parents, and students alike. The data is current and updated regularly. Access is completely free of charge!

EdVoice (http://www.edvoice.org/edvoice/index.html)
Keep updated on legislative activity in Sacramento! EdVoice is a "statewide grassroots network focused on passing legislation that will reshape California's public education policy." The EdVoice site provides easy to understand information on key education issues and a step-by-step guide to impacting the decision making process. You can register to receive free e-mail updates on crucial reforms, information on other legislation and budget issues.

Schools Not Jails (http://www.schoolsnotjails.com)
An informative source about young people and the prison industrial complex. It boasts multiple chat rooms for youth, tips and education tools for organizers, and informative articles about criminalization, Junior ROTC, high school ethnic studies courses, and other issues facing youth nationwide.

EDUCATION-RELATED ISSUES

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (http://objector.org/)
Their "Military Out of Our Schools" Campaign works with local members of communities nationwide, to restrict recruiter's access to schools and gain equal access to talk about the realities of military life and present alternatives to military service. They've got posters, fact sheets, educational materials, activist tools and AWOL! Youth for Peace & Revolution-a by-youth, for-youth anti-militarist 'zine from the Student Coalition Resisting Enlistment and Militarism.

Fair Test http://www.fairtest.org/

Online home of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, an advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound.

Stopping War Where It Begins - Organizing Against Militarism in Our Schools (http://www.youthandthemilitary.org)
This is conference organized by American Friends Service Committee "for activists and others interested in liberating our schools from the Pentagon's assault on young people."

 

 

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