Given society’s expectation that students graduate from high school and employers’ demands for a qualified labor force, we are increasingly expecting more of our educational system. Despite modest improvements in educational achievement over the last decade, the need for more students to acquire a higher level of knowledge and skill remains. This seminar overviews what we know about improving student achievement and discusses three policy alternatives: change in the school aid formula, strategies for involving families and communities in school reform, and ways of improving teacher practice.
Factors Influencing Academic Achievement: An Overview
by Michael Olneck
Professor of Educational Policy & Sociology and Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cost-Based Finance Formulas: Assuring an Adequate Education for All Students
by Andrew Reschovsky
Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics at the LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Families and Communities Crucial to School Reform
by Anne Henderson
Affiliate of the Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University and Consultant, Center for Law and Education, Washington DC
Improving Teacher Practice: Can Policy and Peer Mentoring Help Teachers Do Better?
by James Spillane
Professor at the School of Education & Social Policy, Inst. for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Senior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education
- Risk Factors for Adolescent Academic Achievement (pdf)
by Lynn Magdol