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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.
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.