Fellowship program allows schools to drive education research

A two-year-old Council of the Great City Schools fellowship program allows urban educators to propose research projects that they think will help their districts improve. Typically, researchers "would come to us and say, 'We want to research a subject on this or that,' and we either decided to let them or not," said Deborah L. Lindsey, director of assessment and accountability for Milwaukee schools, where a University of Wisconsin-Madison education researcher is studying value-added models. "What's fundamentally different about this model is that we're in the driver's seat."

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