Is your neighborhood offering children the best chance in life?

The Census Bureau, in collaboration with researchers at Harvard and Brown, has published nationwide data that makes it possible to pinpoint – down to the census tract, a level relevant to individual families – where children of all backgrounds have the best shot at getting ahead. Nationwide, the variation is striking. Children raised in poor Read more about Is your neighborhood offering children the best chance in life?[…]

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Is There a Gifted Gap?

Schools have long failed to cultivate the innate talents of many of their young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. This failure harms the economy, widens income gaps, arrests upward mobility, and exacerbates civic decay and political division. To address these issues, researchers Christopher Yaluma and Adam Tyner of the Read more about Is There a Gifted Gap?[…]

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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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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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8 Important Numbers From New Report on Children’s Well-Being

Increasingly, schools are becoming the centers of student well-being, providing more meals during the day, health exams, as well as greater social and emotional coaching. So the most recent federal report on children’s well-being gives a snapshot of what today’s 73.6 million children need — from mental health services to substance abuse support — if Read more about 8 Important Numbers From New Report on Children’s Well-Being[…]

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Educational Progress and Challenges by Race and Ethnicity

The number of students finishing high school has increased over time for students in all racial/ethnic groups. However, the rate of progress has varied and racial/ethnic gaps persist. The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report in July entitled Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups, 2017. This report Read more about Educational Progress and Challenges by Race and Ethnicity[…]

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New Report on the Condition of Education in the United States

The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2017 on May 25, a congressionally mandated report that summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. This year’s report provides new analyses on a wide range of issues, including homelessness in public schools and student persistence in postsecondary education. Read more about New Report on the Condition of Education in the United States[…]

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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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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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Suburban Schools: The Unrecognized Frontier in Public Education

Urban schools have been the center of investment and concern in public education for the past two decades. Yet many suburban districts now rival urban districts in the challenges they face, having experienced dramatic population changes in just the past decade, with fast growing numbers of English Language Learners and students living in poverty attending Read more about Suburban Schools: The Unrecognized Frontier in Public Education[…]

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Poverty Cannot Explain America’s Mediocre Test Scores

A recent article by Education Next examines the correlation between poverty and mediocre test scores in the United States. At a time when the national conversation is focused on lagging upward mobility and yawning income inequality, it is no surprise that many educators point to poverty as the explanation for American students’ mediocre test scores Read more about Poverty Cannot Explain America’s Mediocre Test Scores[…]

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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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Do States Provide Equitable Funding to Their Poorest Districts?

An analysis from Rebecca Sibilia (founder of a new group called EdBuild) looks at differences in how states allocate resources to the neediest districts. The findings are particularly striking because 41 states actually give their neediest students a smaller share of resources, spending more in wealthier districts than in high-poverty districts, and compounding the inequalities Read more about Do States Provide Equitable Funding to Their Poorest Districts?[…]

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September Issue Brief: Equity Issues in Education

Statistics tell us that despite 61 years of integration and attention to equity, not much has changed in many parts of the United States. Students in high-poverty schools lack the supports needed to become college ready, and school districts that serve the highest percentages of low-income students and students of color receive significantly less in Read more about September Issue Brief: Equity Issues in Education[…]

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Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty Schools

Students in high-poverty schools lack the supports needed to become college ready, according to a report from CLASP. Course, Counselor, and Teacher Gaps: Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools analyzes the nation’s 100 largest school districts, focusing on “high-poverty schools” (where at least 75 percent of students live in poverty) and “low-poverty Read more about Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty Schools[…]

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