Changes in the Teaching Workforce over 25 Years

Between 1987 and 2012, the teacher workforce in America’s schools grew by 46 percent and became more racially and ethnically diverse, according to a new report. The National Center for Education Statistics in the Institute of Education Sciences released the new statistical analysis report, entitled A Quarter Century of Changes in the Elementary and Secondary Read more about Changes in the Teaching Workforce over 25 Years[…]

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Black Students See Big Benefits From a Single Black Teacher

Matt Barnum, writing for The 74, reviews new research that shows that years after having even one black teacher in elementary school, black students experience major benefits, from being less likely to drop out of high school to being more likely to aspire to college and take college entrance exams. The recent study comes as Read more about Black Students See Big Benefits From a Single Black Teacher[…]

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College Readiness: Are Different Definitions Driving Inequality?

Marc Tucker of Education week comments on college readiness for students across the nations, and the different definitions of being ready for different groups of students. Does this nationwide difference drive inequality? Excerpts of his commentary appear below: The rapidly increasing social class and racial isolation of the last four or five decades has been Read more about College Readiness: Are Different Definitions Driving Inequality?[…]

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Data Equity Walk Toolkit: A New Approach to Community Engagement

The Education Trust-West has launched a new tool for advocates to use when discussing educational equity with parents, educators, students, and other community members. This new tool provides presentation materials, a video, logistical recommendations, and a facilitation guide so that advocates across the country can lead Data Equity Walks. Data Equity Walks are 45-90 minute Read more about Data Equity Walk Toolkit: A New Approach to Community Engagement[…]

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Five Key Trends in U.S. Student Performance

In 15 years of increasing average test scores, black-white and Hispanic-white student achievement gaps continue to close, and Asian students are pulling away from whites in both math and reading achievement. For the improving groups, these long-term trends may be a major educational success story. In stark contrast, Hispanic and Asian students who are English Read more about Five Key Trends in U.S. Student Performance[…]

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“It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education”

If you spend more on education, will students do better? For many years, research on the relationship between spending and student learning has been surprisingly inconclusive. Many other factors, including student poverty, parental education and the way schools are organized, contribute to educational results. Teasing out the specific effect of money spent is methodologically difficult. Read more about “It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education”[…]

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2016 Teachers of the Year Share Powerful Narratives in “Leading from the Classroom” Podcast Series

“Leading from the Classroom,” is a new podcast series featuring firsthand accounts from the 2016 State Teachers of the Year. Each episode features a different teacher sharing a personal and poignant moment that crystallized the importance of teaching and of being a teacher. The teachers speak as advocates and ambassadors for sound education policy, for Read more about 2016 Teachers of the Year Share Powerful Narratives in “Leading from the Classroom” Podcast Series[…]

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Do Low Income Students Have Access to Effective Teachers?

The Institute of Education Sciences has released a new report entitled Do Low Income Students Have Access to Effective Teachers? Evidence from 26 Districts. The report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) examines whether low-income students are taught by less effective teachers than high-income students, and if so, whether reducing Read more about Do Low Income Students Have Access to Effective Teachers?[…]

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Developing Resilient, Equity-Conscious Teachers

In Education Week Teacher, Elena Aguilar writes an insightful piece about the promise of transformational coaching. Excerpts appear below: I believe new-teacher support programs must be linked to schools’ moral imperative to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child, every day. To that end, the overarching objective of a teacher-support program should Read more about Developing Resilient, Equity-Conscious Teachers[…]

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Advancing Equity through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders

The Aspen Institute’s Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have released a new report, Advancing Equity through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders. This framework is designed to help states make the most of the opportunities provided in ESSA to advance eight equity priorities that states already are pursuing. Read more about Advancing Equity through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders[…]

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Free Online Course: Learning to Dream – Education and Economic Mobility

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) is excited to announce the launch of its latest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, Learning to Dream: Education and Economic Mobility. This course explores the key components of economic mobility and how access to high quality education systems and diverse educational offerings is a key factor in ensuring all Read more about Free Online Course: Learning to Dream – Education and Economic Mobility[…]

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Do teacher expectations matter?

Nicholas Papageorge, Seth Gershenson, and Kyungmin Kang have released a discussion paper, titled Teacher Expectations Matter, that uncovers teacher expectations that differ by racial groups in a way that puts black students at a disadvantage, exacerbating racial achievement gaps. The authors recently wrote about their findings in Brookings blog: We demonstrate that teacher expectations do Read more about Do teacher expectations matter?[…]

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Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance. A growing body of evidence stresses the need for the research community, educators, and education technology developers Read more about Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom[…]

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The Enrichment Gap

Michael Petrilli, writing for the Fordham Institute, recently explored the extent of the enrichment gap in America. This is the growing class difference in spending on children’s enrichment and extracurricular activities (things like sports, summer camps, piano lessons, and trips to the zoo). He writes: As the upper-middle class grows larger and richer, it is spending Read more about The Enrichment Gap[…]

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High Stakes for High Achievers: State Accountability in the Age of ESSA

No Child Left Behind meant well, but it had a pernicious flaw: It created strong incentives for schools to focus all their energy on helping low-performing students get over a modest “proficiency” bar. Meanwhile, it ignored the educational needs of high achievers, who were likely to pass state reading and math tests regardless of what Read more about High Stakes for High Achievers: State Accountability in the Age of ESSA[…]

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Building A Truly Diverse Teacher Workforce Will Take Many Decades

Researchers find that a teacher workforce that reflects the diversity of the student population is going to require exceptionally ambitious efforts, taking far longer than previously acknowledged. Racial parity is not possible by relying solely on school districts to recruit more minority teachers. A study released last week by the Brookings Institution and the National Read more about Building A Truly Diverse Teacher Workforce Will Take Many Decades[…]

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