Politics Threaten Efforts to Improve K-12 Education
Issue Brief Over the past year, the Common Core State Standards have become increasingly contentious. But research shows support for the Common Core’s principles remains high.
The Cognitive Science Behind the Common Core
Report The cognitive science that provides the basis for the Common Core State Standards will lead to improved student learning.
Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry Incomes
Issue Brief Low pay prevents talented and experienced teachers from living a middle-class life.
America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way
Report We need to address inequity in state aid to school districts in order to help fiscally disadvantaged districts reach a level playing field.
Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes
Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.
Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal Productivity
To ensure successful outcomes for all students, our nation must do more to improve the fair and productive use of school dollars.
Professional Support for Principals Is Essential for Strong Teacher-Evaluation Systems
New data show that 95 percent of principals believe they have a major influence on teacher evaluation, yet they do not receive the professional support they need to take on new responsibilities related to teacher evaluation.
The Changing Role of the Principal
Report A series of case studies sheds light on the changing landscape of school leadership and principal professional development.
Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools
Report Through targeted reform efforts, states, districts, and school leaders—as well as policymakers and communities of color—can improve the retention rates and effectiveness of teachers of color.
The Middle-Class Squeeze
Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.