Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis
In the Spring of 2014, the Council staff developed and launched a survey of assessment practices. This report presents the findings from that survey and subsequent Council analysis and review of the data. It also offers an initial set of observations about testing in our school systems and how it might be improved. The report does not answer all questions, but it should give a more complete and well-rounded picture of the amount and range of tests administered in the nation's urban schools.
164 pages
October 2015
Beating the Odds: Analysis of Student Performance on State Assessments, Results from the 2012-2013 School Year
This thirteenth edition of Beating the Odds gives the nation an in-depth look at how big-city schools are performing on the academic goals and standards set by the states.
43 pages
December 2014
Beating the Odds: Analysis of Student Performance on State Assessments: Results from 2011-2012 School Year- City-by-City Profiles
The twelfth edition of Beating the Odds gives city-by-city profiles.
Urban Indicator: Urban School Superintendents: Characteristics, Tenure, and Salary, Eighth Survey and Report
The Council of the Great City Schools prepared this report to improve public understanding of employment patterns and demographic trends among the nation’s urban superintendents.
10 pages
Fall 2014
CGCS ebook: A Call for Change: Providing Solutions for Black Male Achievement
The Council of the Great City Schools commissioned a series of solution briefs from some of the nation’s leading scholars and experts to help us think through an effective set of strategies to address the academic needs of African American males. This e-book is a compilation of those papers.
360 pages
January 2013
ACT: A Benchmark for College Readiness, 2007-2011
This publication was prepared by the Council of Great City Schools in collaboration with ACT to collect and analyze urban student performance between 2007 and 2011 and to examine student achievement by race and gender.
61 pages
March 2012
Beating the Odds XI Executive Summary: Analysis of Student Performance on State, Results from the 2010-2011 School Year
This analysis presents a summary of reading and mathematics achievement as well as demographic data for 67 of the nation’s major city school systems. It provides an analysis of state assessment data from spring 2008 through spring 2011.
19 pages
October 2012
Charting Success: Data Use and Student Achievement in Urban Schools- Abstract
This abstract is a summary of the full report that examines the empirical relationships between teacher- and school-level data use and student achievement in mathematics and reading in a study conducted in four geographically varied urban school districts.
48 pages
Summer 2012

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