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    School-Based Management
    (Delaware Education Research and Development Center, 1996-02) Noble, Audrey J.; Deemer, Sandra; Davis, Betsy
    Shared 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?
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    Technology & Engineering in Delaware’s K-12 Education
    Grusenmeyer, Linda
    Delaware’s history is rich with innovations in science, technology, and engineering. Will the same be true about its future? This policy brief examines the current national debate surrounding K-12 technology and engineering education and suggests some considerations for Delaware’s policy makers.
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    Adolescent literacy: Reading to learn
    (2006-05-28T18:57:28Z) Grusenmeyer, Linda
    This policy brief addresses growing evidence for a need to provide reading instruction to students beyond elementary school years. Adolescent literacy practices are not only helpful to struggling readers, but they also teach average students how to develop skill in understanding printed texts as their course requirements grow in difficulty. One method that is discussed, Reading Apprenticeship, involves content and subject area teachers modeling and coaching students in the types of reading used in their specific fields.
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    Zero Tolerance Policies and School Discipline
    (2009-01-27T16:58:43Z) Janerette, Dariel
    Zero tolerance policies have been defined as school disciplinary practices that mandate automatic suspension and/or expulsion from school with the effect of redefining “students as criminals, with unfortunate consequences” (Martin, 2001, p. 1). Research suggests the harmful effects of zero tolerance policies on students and their families may outweigh the benefits of deterring student misbehavior. This policy brief discusses the efficacy of zero tolerance policies as a strategy to address school violence.
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    No Child Left Behind: A Realistic Expectation?
    (2008-04) Janerette, Dariel
    This policy brief explores No Child Left Behind’s requirement that all Delaware public school students reach proficiency on Delaware content standards in reading and mathematics by 2014 through the use of longitudinal data analyses of students’ Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) performance.