Sen. Murkowski's Education Newsletter for the week of February 15

What Works Clearinghouse Reviews Saxon Math

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released a new report this week that reviews the research on Saxon Math for high school students.  One of eight studies reviewed met WWC evidence standards.  Based on this study, the WWC found Saxon Math to have no discernable effects on math achievement for high school students.  The full report is available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/hs_math/saxon/

US Department of Education Releases Report on Growth Model Pilot Project             

In 2005, USED initiated the Growth Model Pilot Project with the goal of approving up to ten states to consider growth in student proficiency when calculating schools’ Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).  After extensive reviews, nine states were approved for the pilot, including Alaska.  This report describes the progress these states made in implementing the Growth Model in the 2007-08 school year and the results. 

Download the report here.

Head Start – Proposed Information Collection

The Office of Head Start is proposing to renew authority to collect information using the Head Start Program Information Report (PIR).  The PIR provides information about Head Start and Early Head Start services received by enrolled children and families and is used to inform the public about these programs and to make periodic reports to Congress.  The full notice about this information collection can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3060.htm