Creating and Sustaining Successful K–8 Magnet
September 2008
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Appendix B: Resources

The resources listed below are intended to provide readers with ready access to further information about K-8 magnet schools. This is not a complete list, and there may be other useful resources on the topic. Selection was based on the criteria that resources be relevant to the topic and themes of this guide, current and up-to-date, from nationally recognized organizations, including but not limited to federal or federally funded sources, and that they offer materials free of charge. This listing offers a range of research, practical tools, policy information, and other resources.

Building Choice

The U.S. Department of Education disseminates practices and tools from successful school choice programs, which create options for parents within the public school system across the country through its Building Choice Web site. The site offers resources drawn from diverse programs that have been identified as having promising practices related to choice.

Policy and Program Studies Service

This program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, contracted the American Institutes for Research to conduct an evaluation of the Magnet Schools Assistance program 1998 grantees. Their final report published in 2003 includes both a cross-site comparative analysis and case studies of eight districts.

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

The Office of Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education runs the Magnet Schools Assistance program (MSAP) to support the implementation of magnet schools under court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans. The MSAP Web site provides details of the grant competition, including eligibility criteria, as well as abstracts of sample programs and a detailed "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

National Center for Education Statistics

As part of the U.S Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, this program collects and analyzes data related to education. The Web site provides reports on recent trends on districts' use of school choice as a means of giving parents options within the public school system.

The above information is provided for the reader's convenience. The U.S. Department of Education is not responsible for controlling or guaranteeing the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of these resources does not reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.

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