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Graduation and Dropout Statistics for Washington's Counties, Districts, and Schools

Environmental Education Report: Empirical Evidence, Exemplary Models, and Recommendations on the Impact of Environmental Education on K-12 Students, 2007

In 2006 the legislature (EHB 2910) required OSPI to conduct an environmental education study. HB 2910 specifies that the study is to be prepared in partnership with public and private entities invested in strategies to reach every student, family, and community with quality environmental education experiences.

Teaching Math in Washington's High Schools: Insights from a Survey of Teachers in High Performing or Improving Schools

The Nine Characteristics of High-Performing Schools: A research-based resource for schools and districts to assist with improving student learning

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The Nine Characteristics of High-Performing Schools resource document has been updated to help schools in their school improvement efforts. This second edition of the resource maintains the nine characteristics and definitions from the original 2003 document. It adds information from about 120 new research and professional references, as well as relevant OSPI documents, to help educators deepen their understanding of the characteristics, and it provides additional strategies for expanding implementation. The school improvement perception surveys, which also are on the OSPI website, can be used to gather information from staff, students, and communities to help gauge progress.

The High Schools We Need:Improving an American Institution - May 2006

American high schools are increasingly the target of educational reform. Today's high schools are expected to graduate all students with the rigorous academic knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for college or a career. The report "The High Schools We Need: Improving an American Institution" provides a comprehensive look at high school reform based on research and professional literature. It describes the characteristics of high schools we have and need and suggests strategies and models for improving them. Examples of schools and districts in Washington are highlighted.

Helping Students Finish School
Why Students Drop Out and How to Help Them Graduate - Updated May 2006

Increased accountability measures under the 2001 federal education law known as No Child Left Behind are instilling a sense of urgency for reducing the number of students who drop out from school. As part Washington state's efforts to keep students in school, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has released Helping Students Finish School: Why Students Drop Out and How to Help Them Graduate. This analysis examines the wide body of research and professional literature available to help answer some of the troubling questions about why students choose to leave school before earning a diploma.

Promising Programs and Practices for Dropout Prevention -
Report to the Legislature

December 2005

Dropout and Graduation Statistics
for Washington's Counties, Districts, and Schools, School Year 2003-04

Characteristics of Improved School Districts: Themes from Research

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Characteristics of Improving School Districts: Themes from Research, a report written by the Research and Evaluation Office, will assist school districts in their efforts to improve student learning and to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the current No Child Left Behind Act. A review of more than 80 research reports and articles revealed thirteen themes found in districts that are making substantial progress on various student indicators. This report defines and explains the themes and presents ideas that district leaders may consider when developing district improvement plans.

Educating English Language Learners in Washington State - December 2003

This report details Washington state's bilingual education programs for the 2001-02 school year, including information about the students enrolled in limited-English programs, numbers of languages spoken, staffing patterns and more.

How Do Washington's Graduation Tests Measure Up? (Achieve study)
A comparison of the 2003 10th Grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning with High School Graduation Exams from Other States

Washington's Initiative 728: Examining the First Year of Implementation

A Review of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning in Mathematics: Grades 7 and 10

Relationship Between the WASL and Placement Tests Used by Community and Tech. Colleges

Organizing for Success

Study of the Grade 4 Mathematics Assessment

Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Educating Limited English Proficient Students in Washington State - January 2002