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Summary This literature investigates discusses how to involve parents in secondary students’ academics, encourage parents to hold high educational aspirations for their students, and respond to parents’ needs with respect and flexibility when designing parent programming. This literature review focuses on strategies for rural school districts. In addition, this literature review profiles two research-backed parent […]

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Summary The rate of students using e-cigarettes has skyrocketed, with severe repercussions for student health and school climate. In this report, public health experts, youth substance abuse experts, and leading district administrators share tactics to prevent students from first using e-cigarettes and to support students addicted to nicotine without an over-reliance on suspension. This report […]

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Summary This report explores how district, school, and independent school administrators design advanced course limits to reduce student workloads and improve school climate. The report first describes how profiled institutions structure, design, and assess advanced course limits. The report then suggests strategies to communicate potential limits to parents, students, teachers, and admissions officers. Lastly, the […]

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Summary This research brief investigates how high schools that use different GPA scales and weighting, eliminate class rank, and/or limit the number of advanced courses may impact their students’ likelihood of admissions at profiled institutions of higher education. This brief also provides an overview of GPA consideration processes at profiled institutions and offers guidance on […]

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Summary As federal regulations and state regulations continue to emphasize student outcomes as measures of school district effectiveness, district administrators increasingly need to identify and eliminate barriers to student postsecondary success. Specifically, district administrators seek key student success milestones (i.e., performance indicators) throughout grades K-12 that indicate whether a student is on track to reach […]

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Summary This report explores how independent schools structure performance-based faculty compensation systems, with a focus on evaluation practices. Specifically, the report summarizes how profiled independent schools use evaluation techniques to determine which faculty members earn annual compensation increases and/or compensation increases tied to salary band transitions. The report also describes strategies to implement performance-based compensation […]

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