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to improve the lives of young people in diverse communities by transforming their educational experience

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meaningful improvement can be achieved when educators and those who support them are equipped, empowered and expected to change

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to strengthen political will, theories of change, and relevant knowledge base of educators, policy makers and investors in education

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Improving Meaningful High School Graduation: Getting Credible and Useful Information To Guide Our Efforts

Public educators spend their professional lives supporting student success.  Taxpayers invest billions of dollars in support of these educators’ efforts.  Students depend more than ever on their education to help them meet 21st century challenges and opportunities.  These bare bone facts demand that timely, meaningful and credible information be available to assess education quality.  The big data movement gives us ways to access, integrate, analyze and display massive amounts of information.  What education requires is a “right data” movement to ensure educators, policy makers and citizens get what they need to know to do their jobs as education stakeholders.  IRRE and others are trying to meet this challenge. 

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IRRE’s Measuring What Matters program (Effective Practices in the Classroom) is a game changer.  Administrators, after intense calibration training, walk though classrooms with an entirely new lens.  The tool allows you to collect data of what is happening with students rather than focusing solely on the teacher’s instructional moves.  The data gathered has allowed our teachers to have in-depth dialogue about what works for our students.

- Carol Anthony, Secondary Turn-Around Director, Van Dyke Public Schools

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Public educators spend their professional lives supporting student success.  Taxpayers invest billions of dollars in support of these educators’ efforts.  Students depend more than ever on their education to help them meet 21st century challenges and opportunities.  These bare bone facts demand that timely, meaningful and credible information be available to assess education quality.  The big data movement gives us ways to access, integrate, analyze and display massive amounts of information.  What education requires is a “right data” movement to ensure educators, policy makers and citizens get what they need to know to do their jobs as education stakeholders.  IRRE and others are trying to meet this challenge. 

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What constitutes a good school, a successful school district, a state where students are getting a good education? Recently, we published Education Quality: What It Is and How to Measure It.  This brief article presents 8 principles and examples of how schools, districts and state departments of education can rethink and retool their measures of education quality.  Our president, Dr.