Innovations in Education: Successful Magnet High Schools
September 2008
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The resources listed below are intended to provide readers with ready access to further information about 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.

Magnet Schools of America is a membership organization that promotes goals of desegregation, equity, and excellence through the expansion and improvement of magnet schools. The Web site includes information on upcoming conferences 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 such resources as its Building Choice Web site.

The Education Commission of the States includes magnet and other specialized schools as an issue topic on its Web site. The site also includes references and links to other Web resources.

The Policy and Program Studies Service, part of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, conducted an evaluation of the Magnet Schools Assistance program 1998 grantees. Their final report published in 2003 includes both a cross-site report and case studies of eight districts.

The Office of Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education runs the Magnet Schools Assistance program to support the implementation of magnet schools under court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans. The program's Web site details the grant competition as well as abstracts of sample programs.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, collects and analyzes data related to education, including districts' use of school choice.

The federally funded National High School Center provides information on high school improvement challenges for states, districts, and regional comprehensive centers. Research on high school improvement is available from this site as well as a map of regional comprehensive centers and contact information for technical assistance liaisons.

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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