Latinos, African-Americans have Less Access to STEM Classes

Recently, Carolyn Jones, writing for California’s EdSource, shared the findings of a recent research report that focuses on equitable access to math and science courses for students of color. Excerpts of her piece appear below: African-American and Latino students were less likely to attend schools that offer advanced math and science classes, new data shows. Read more about Latinos, African-Americans have Less Access to STEM Classes[…]

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Disadvantaged Kids Need Equal Access to Great Teachers

Kevin Mahnken, writing for The 74, recently reviewed a new working paper by the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Resear (CALDER). The study, conducted by CALDER director and University of Washington professor Dan Goldhaber, synthesizes two separate research topics: the influence of teacher quality on student achievement, and the inequities in access Read more about Disadvantaged Kids Need Equal Access to Great Teachers[…]

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Getting Real About Equity

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) has released a new video series called Courageous Conversations about Race in School. Educators care deeply about all students getting the education they deserve, but they often find themselves stuck in the same unsatisfying conversations about race where people speak in generalities, point to deficits Read more about Getting Real About Equity[…]

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Out of the Loop

Nearly 20 percent of the country’s students are enrolled in rural schools, yet are not provided the same focus in national policy or research as students in urban and suburban school districts. “Out of the Loop,” a new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA), Center for Public Education (CPE), finds that poverty, isolation Read more about Out of the Loop[…]

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States Fall Short in Plans to Address Major Inequalities for Vulnerable Students

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently completed an analysis of what each of the 50 states intends to do to provide a more equitable education to all students, as described in their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. The analysis from NCTQ highlight strengths and opportunities, ultimately demonstrating that most states are not Read more about States Fall Short in Plans to Address Major Inequalities for Vulnerable Students[…]

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The Impact of Poverty on Education

AdvanceED has released a collection of articles and videos exploring the impact of poverty on education.  It is AdvanceED’s hope that “Education Advantage,” a three part video series on poverty and education, will spark conversation and action in education reform. This video series includes: The Poverty Paradigm (Video 1) Separate but Not Equal (Video 2) Read more about The Impact of Poverty on Education[…]

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New Guide from NCTQ Highlights Educator Equity Work in State ESSA Plans

By September of this year, states will be submitting their state plans to meet the new standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As part of the equity requirements of the policy, states are required to formulate policies that ensure historically disenfranchised students are not disproportionately taught by ineffective or inexperienced teachers. As of Read more about New Guide from NCTQ Highlights Educator Equity Work in State ESSA Plans[…]

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in California Schools

EdSource’s John Fensterwald recently reported on a new multimeasure school rating system for California and the data it uncovers. The Oakland-based nonprofit GreatSchools analyzed these data and produced Searching for Opportunity, a fresh look at a stubbornly persistent problem: racial and ethnic gaps in student achievement in California schools. Among the findings in Searching for Read more about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in California Schools[…]

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Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders has released a new discussion guide, Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Systemic challenges in the educator workforce require thoughtful and bold actions, and ESSA presents a unique opportunity for states to reaffirm, modify, or improve their vision of educator effectiveness. This GTL Center discussion guide Read more about Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide[…]

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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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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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