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ItemSchool-Based Management(Delaware Education Research and Development Center, 1996-02) Noble, Audrey J.; Deemer, Sandra; Davis, BetsyShared decision making (or school-based management) has become a centerpiece of efforts across the nation to improve America's schools. This policy brief considers three questions in light of current research and practice of SBM: 1) What are the ideals and assumptions that underlie this form of governance structure? 2) What are the enabling conditions and barriers involved in its implementation? 3) What are the research findings of its effects on schools? ItemClass Size(1998-03) Noble, Audrey J.The issue of class size is a focus of recent policy initiatives. At the national level, President Clinton's State of the Union Address and the propsed FY '99 budget both call for reduced class size in America's public schools. In his 1998 State of the State address Governor Carper also proposed a reduction in class size in the core academic areas - capping class size at 22 students in elementary and 28 at the middle and high school levels. ItemMentoring Students(2000-04) Banicky, Lisa; Noble, Audrey J.Research on student mentoring reveals benefits for students, schools, and mentors. Barriers to effectively implementing mentoring programs include difficulty recuriting and retaining mentors, cost of programs, and inadequate social services to address the multi-faceted needs of students. ItemAlternative Schools(2000-05) Banicky, LisaProviding severely disruptive and expelled students with an alternative setting for learning has become an increasingly populare strategy for improving school safety and creating an atmorsphere where learning can occur. As a result of the Comprehensive School Discipline Improvement Program, established by Delarware HB 247 in 1993, severl alternative education schools have been created for students expelled from regular school or subject to expulsion, and others who have seriously violated local school district discipline code. ItemNeighborhood Schools(2001-02) Noble, Audrey J.; Rodney, MarianneAcross the nation, school districts are being released from court supervision of their desgregation efforts. As a result, many urban school districts are becoming resegregated as students return to their neighborhood schools. This policy brief primarily explores the research on the effects of poverty on education. It also explores some lessons that have been learned in other places that have neighborhood schools' policies. ItemCharter Schools(2003-01) Coffey, DebraBecause charter schools are so new, there is not yet sufficient datat to determine whether charter school students learn or achieve differently than regular public schools students. However, intial results indicate that charter schools have both strengths and weaknesses, some similare to, and some noticeably different from, those of regular public schools. ItemTesting: Not an Exact Science(2004-05) Noble, Audrey J.; Nandkumar, Ratna; Sweetman, Heidi; Mislevy, Robert; Douglas, KarenThe intent of this Education Policy Brief is to acquaint Delaware policymakers with some fundamental concepts about testing and thei nterpretation of test results. A full appreciation of these concepts is critical to sound policymaking as the state proceeds with its educational accountability agenda.