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Research Briefs

MERC regularly produces research briefs on a range of topics related to PK12 Education.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Research Brief

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a modified reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Signed into law on December 10, 2015, it replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 and provides federal guidelines f...

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Cultural Diversity Professional Development for Teachers

Cultural Diversity Professional Development for Teachers: A Research Brief by Samantha Hope, M.T. and David Naff, M.A. (December 2016) Many regions of the United States have experienced rapid shifts in the racial and ethnic makeup of the population...

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New Profile of a Virginia High School Graduate

Guided by recommendations from the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee – a group of educators, policymakers, and community members charged by the Virginia Secretary of Education with furthering PK-12 education in the Commonwealth...

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Reading and Math Interventions at the Secondary Level

Starting in the early 2000’s with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, federal and state education authorities promoted the use of accountability policies that require schools to meet certain measures of academic progress overtime. Annual Yearly...

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