Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking is a collection of mini-briefs that takes up important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each mini-brief focuses on a different issue, and its recommendations for policymakers are based on the latest scholarship.
At a time of growing national recognition of the need for a policy shift to more successful approaches to school reform, this collection of mini-briefs identifies affirmative, research-based approaches to reform in areas including school choice, portfolio district reform, and teacher deprofessionalization.
Posted below, the mini-briefs are in most recently published to least recently published order.
Housing Policy (May 24, 2016). Discusses interventions proposed to mitigate the harm of segregated housing.
Press Release: http://nepc.info/node/8005
Five Simple Steps to Reading Policy Research (May 11, 2016). Explains five steps to making good use of education policy research.
Press Release: http://nepc.info/node/7968
Reading Qualitative Educational Policy Research (May 4, 2016). Describes key indicators to look for in determining a research report’s quality and usefulness.
Press Release: http://nepc.info/node/7972
Do Choice Policies Segregate Schools? (March 31, 2016). Examines research evidence on the result of school choice policies on school segregation.
Press Release: http://nepc.info/node/7913
The "Portfolio" Approach to School District Governance (March 29, 2016). Explores the effects of portfolio district reform.
Press Release: http://nepc.info/node/7908
Reversing the Deprofessionalization of Teaching (December 8, 2015). Describes the current era of deprofessionalization of teaching and recommends steps for policymakers to address the damage currently being done.
Press Release: http://tinyurl.com/z8k2l5r
School Accountability, Multiple Measures and Inspectorates in a Post-NCLB World (October 25, 2015). Assesses the efficacy of three types of school evaluation approaches.
Press Release: http://tinyurl.com/pjregkg