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Melissa Lazarín Archives

Reading, Writing, and the Common Core State Standards

Student works on SMART board book_alt2 icon Report Under the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, students are learning to dissect, analyze, and comprehend the type of complex reading they will encounter in college and the workplace.

by Melissa Lazarín | Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Investing in Educator Capacity

A teacher reads to students book_alt2 icon Report The Race to the Top program largely benefited educators, increased state capacity, redefined the role of state educational agencies, and generated unprecedented collaboration across states and districts.

by Scott Sargrad, Samantha Batel, Melissa Lazarín, Catherine Brown | Monday, December 21, 2015

Guía Para Una Transición Exitosa Al ‘Common Core’ En Estados y Distritos

Los Estándares Académicos Estatales, o Common Core State Standards, que ya han sido adoptados por más de 40 estados, son una de las reformas más importantes para el sistema de educación pública en los Estados Unidos de las últimas décadas. Los estándares mejorarán la calidad de educación, creando una hoja de ruta hacia el conocimiento y las destrezas que les hacen falta a los estudiantes de hoy para que logren éxito en el siglo XXI.

by Carmel Martin, Max Marchitello, Melissa Lazarín | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

student book_alt2 icon Report States and school districts are far from the goal of better, fairer, and fewer tests.

by Melissa Lazarín | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

book_alt2 icon Report States and districts across the country are using promising and effective practices to implement the Common Core, but more work remains to ensure a smooth transition to the new standards.

by Carmel Martin, Max Marchitello, Melissa Lazarín | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How Approaches to Stuck-in-the-Mud School Funding Hinder Improvement

article icon Issue Brief Ensuring the most bang for the education buck requires innovation and flexibility in school finance.

by Melissa Lazarín | Monday, November 18, 2013

The Student Success Act Is the Wrong Way Forward

Student achievementContrary to its name, the Student Success Act will have a negative effect on student achievement, particularly for our nation’s most disadvantaged students.

by Melissa Lazarín | Thursday, July 18, 2013

President Obama’s Budget Makes Historic Investments in Young Children

The president’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal calls for a bold new $75 billion investment in preschool.

by Melissa Lazarín and Sasha Post | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Preschool-Access Gap

cursor icon Interactive This interactive map shows the number of 3- and 4-year-olds left out of state-funded pre-K programs nationwide.

by Juliana Herman, Sasha Post, Melissa Lazarín | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Federal Investment Can Help Close the Preschool-Access Gap

Cheryl Schmidt and her preschool classToo few children in America attend preschool programs, but federal investment could bring up rates of enrollment in all states.

by Juliana Herman and Melissa Lazarín | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Investing in Our Children

Preschoolers article icon Issue Brief As we continue to combat rising economic inequality, high-quality early childhood investments will help all children realize their full potential and provide enormous long-term benefits to society.

by Cynthia G. Brown, Donna Cooper, Juliana Herman, Melissa Lazarín, Michael Linden, Sasha Post, Neera Tanden | Thursday, February 7, 2013

Competing for School Improvement Dollars

book_alt2 icon Report Melissa Lazarín looks at the evolution of the School Improvement Grant program.

by Melissa Lazarín | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Federal Investment in Charter Schools

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Melissa Lazarín offers recommendations for Congress as it determines how best to support the next generation of effective charter schools.

by Melissa Lazarín | Thursday, October 6, 2011

Charting New Territory

book_alt2 icon Report Melissa Lazarín explores the role of charter schools in turning around the nation’s lowest-performing high schools.

by Melissa Lazarín | Thursday, June 30, 2011

Incentivizing School Turnaround

book_alt2 icon Report Jeremy Ayers and Melissa Lazarín propose four strategies for turning around the nation's lowest-performing schools in the reauthorization of ESEA.

by Jeremy Ayers and Melissa Lazarín | Monday, April 11, 2011