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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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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June Issue Brief: Education and Inequality

Education is supposed to be the great equalizer, the ticket to the American dream. But if educational opportunities are not offered equitably to all students, the American dream remains out of reach for youth. In this month’s issue brief, we explore new data on inequities in education, look at outcomes related to education funding, and Read more about June Issue Brief: Education and Inequality[…]

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One Year Later: Can State Equity Plans Improve Access to Great Teaching?

Teaching quality is recognized as the most powerful school-based factor in student learning. However, capacity and often commitment have been insufficient across states and districts to ensure all students have equitable access to excellent educators. Too often, students from low-income families and students of color experience educational “opportunity gaps,” meaning they have less access to Read more about One Year Later: Can State Equity Plans Improve Access to Great Teaching?[…]

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Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA

Policymakers and practitioners who face a deluge of important decisions affecting thousands of schools can find advice from some of the top education thinkers in the country in JFF’s new brief, Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities. The piece recommends ways that supporters of deeper learning can make the most of the rapidly changing Read more about Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA[…]

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Choosing our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We’ve all heard the phrase. It’s true, of course, and always has been, that who you know is important. But in today’s technology-driven, globalized world, what you know matters more than ever. The set of skills that is most rewarded in terms of employment and wages Read more about Choosing our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America[…]

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How Will ESSA Influence States’ Teacher Quality Efforts?

A recent article by Kaylan Connally from EdCentral examines the implications for states’ evaluation systems moving forward and how ESSA may influence other state teacher quality efforts. ESSA will affect the way teacher preparation, teacher equity, teacher growth and advancement are handled by states. Teacher Preparation – Through ESSA Title II formula funds, states can Read more about How Will ESSA Influence States’ Teacher Quality Efforts?[…]

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Parent Perceptions of College and Career Readiness

The third and final phase of a new national survey released by Achieve – Rising to the Challenge: Are Recent High School Graduates Prepared for College and Work – shows that better communication between high schools and parents is needed to address the disconnect between parents and students, faculty, and employers in perceptions of recent Read more about Parent Perceptions of College and Career Readiness[…]

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Equitable Access Toolkit to Guide State Educator Equity Planning

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released the FAQ guidance for states as they develop plans to ensure equitable access to excellent educators for students from low-income families and students of color. The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is pleased to launch the Equitable Access Toolkit to support states in this work. Read more about Equitable Access Toolkit to Guide State Educator Equity Planning[…]

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