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Fighting the Drop-Out Crisis

July 8, 2010

Describes data-driven efforts to raise high school graduation rates in New York, Philadelphia, and Portland, Oregon by replacing low-performing schools with smaller schools or offering alternative schools and programs, as well as their outcomes to date.

Leadership and Learning: A Hechinger Institute Primer for Journalists

September 3, 2008

Outlines the role of leaders in improving schools and the issues they face, as a guide for education reporters. Includes examples of questions to ask, excerpts from articles, findings from Wallace Foundation studies, statistics, and a list of resources.

Mining for Meaning in Michigan's Data Book

October 31, 2007

Describes one principal's leadership in utilizing student data -- not only on current test scores but also longitudinal trends -- to identify problems early, devise instructional strategies to address them, and meet school improvement goals.