Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Written by Mr. David Wheat

February 2000

Value Added Accountability: A systems Solution to the School Accreditation Problem
Value Added Accountability: A systems Solution to the School Accreditation Problem — Those committed to the purpose of the 1995 Standards of Learning program - rigorous learning standards leading to higher levels of academic achievement by Virginia's students - should endorse replacing a 1997 accreditation standard that threatens to undermine the fundamental reform it was intended to support.

 

September 1998

Deficient Dipomas: Is it Time for a Graduate Warranty Program?
Deficient Dipomas: Is it Time for a Graduate Warranty Program? — This study focuses on the 25 percent of high school graduates required to take remedial courses at Virginia's public colleges and universities. The author suggests several actions to take and promotes establishing a statewide "Graduate Warranty Program" to obligate local school systems to be more accountable by paying for these remedial courses.

 

March 1998

Raising Student Attendance: Some Low-Cost Strategies
Raising Student Attendance: Some Low-Cost Strategies — The goal of this paper is to substantiate the connection between attendance and achievement and to examine some low-cost strategies for raising student attendance. Special attention is given to performance bonus programs for both school divisions and instructional personnel.

 

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