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Iowa: Iowa Better Results for Kids, Outcomes, Indicators, and Measures

The State of Iowa reviews their methods of measurement of results for kids. There are three categories of indicators used: overarching indicators, system monitoring indicators and "pay-4-results" indicators.

Forum Focus: A Portfolio Approach to Youth Policy

In this issue of Forum Focus, we focus on what researchers and policy makers are doing to help governments take stock of their efforts to make sure that every young person is “Ready by 21” – ready for work, ready for college, ready for life.

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #5: Inside the Black Box: Exploring the "Content" of After-School

How do effective programs deliver academic content? Can after-school programs help students master a broader base of content? What strategies can help programs and systems deliver content effectively? What is realistic to expect of programs? Program content is closely linked with our understandings about the purpose of after-school programming.

Youth Today: Don't Be Left Out Standing in Your Field

By Karen Pittman, November 2003

California: Educational Opportunities for Foster Care Children

This bill would declare the legislature's intent to ensure that pupils in foster care and those who are homeless, as defined by specified federal law, have a meaningful opportunity to meet the academic achievement standards to which all pupils are held, are placed in the least restrictive educational programs, and have access to the academic resources, services, and extracurricular and enrichme

Youth Today: On Nature versus Nurture, Success and Failure

By Karen Pittman, October 2003

Forum Focus: Community Partnerships for Learning: Blurring the Lines

In this issue, we explore how community partnerships to support formal learning and development matter and how they can be created and sustained.

Youth Today: Out at School

By Karen Pittman, September 2003

In July, the New York Post broke the news about the city of New York's decision to open Harvey Milk High School, the first accredited school in the country for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth. The Department of Education has run a small alternative program for such youth for two decades, but the $3.2 million renovation budget to create a stand-alone school marks a new level of visibility and commitment.

Forum Focus: Quality Counts

In this first issue of Forum Focus, we summarize emerging research and practical evidence that quality matters and push forward to ask the questions: Is quality measurable? Is it malleable? We bring a youth-centered lens to our review, looking for examples that define quality from the perspective of what young people need to heal, grow and contribute.

Maryland: Residential Child Care Programs - State-Funded Operators - Licensing Provisions

For the purpose of requiring a licensed operator of a residential child care program who receives State funding to meet certain academic needs of a child in the operator's care; exempting certain licensed operators from certain requirements; requiring certain group homes to comply with certain provisions of law; requiring the department that licenses the group home to notify certain group homes