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How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students

Student studying article icon Issue Brief Several colleges and universities have greater success than others graduating students of color and low-income students, as well as closing gaps across demographics, which offers a promising model for other higher-education institutions.

By Antoinette Flores | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Important Insights on College Choice and the Burden of Student-Loan Debt

Campus tour article icon Issue Brief Presenting standardized information about student-loan debt to students before they enroll may help them make college choices that minimize debt.

By Elizabeth Baylor and Olivia Murray | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cutting Red Tape

red tape book_alt2 icon Report State education leaders face real barriers—legal and cultural—to building state education agencies that can meet today’s education reform goals. However, there is more they can do within the current policy environment if they are willing to break out of old habits and explore new approaches.

By Robert Hanna, Jeffrey Morrow, and Marci Rozen | Friday, June 13, 2014

Competency-Based Education: Adding Value in the Liberal Arts

Student job fairDue to concerns regarding the value of a liberal arts degree, new methods of assessing student progress are being used. Competency-based education measures market-driven student skills as the primary evaluation tool and is an innovative force in higher education.

By Antoinette Flores | Thursday, June 12, 2014

New York: Expanding Time, Increasing Opportunities for Achievement

New York City schoolchildren listen as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks article icon Issue Brief New York is making a significant state-level investment in expanded learning time, and districts and schools across the state are considerably lengthening the school day.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Monday, June 9, 2014

How State Takeover School Districts Shake Up Teacher Professional Development

Norman Smith teaches language arts to students at a Louisiana Recovery School District high school in New Orleans article icon Issue Brief Lessons learned from state takeover districts’ innovation in the area of teacher professional development could influence professional-development spending and practices in districts throughout the United States.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Thursday, June 5, 2014

Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability

Graduates pose for photographs article icon Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.

By Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Rise of Networks

School buses book_alt2 icon Report Networks are improving relationships between central offices and schools. This report looks at the rise of networks in New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; and Chicago, Illinois.

By Maureen Kelleher | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Good News: America Graduates Record Level of High School Students

Graduates at Joplin High SchoolEven for the one in five students who fail to earn a diploma, hope abounds for the future. By listening carefully to those who have fallen along the way, we will hear what it takes to help at-risk students stay the course toward finishing high school.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All Hands on Deck: How Expanded Learning Time and Community Partners Can Benefit Students

music classPolicymakers and educators can greatly enhance the academic experience and success of their students by lengthening time spent in school and forging partnerships with like-minded community actors.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Monday, May 19, 2014

Infographic: How Expanded Learning Time Boosts Student Achievement and Closes Opportunity Gaps

Expanded learning time is a promising strategy that provides enrichment activities and academic support for low-income students and more collaboration time for their teachers.

By Tiffany D. Miller and Julie Zucker | Monday, May 19, 2014

The Common Core Is an Opportunity for Education Equity

A teacher teaches a Spanish class in South Los Angeles article icon Issue Brief Across the country, low-income students, students of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities often do not receive the same high-quality education as their peers. The Common Core State Standards take the first step toward ensuring education equity.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Better Serving the Children of Our Servicemen and Women

First Lt. Jason Felker holds his son at a welcome home ceremony article icon Issue Brief The Common Core State Standards will provide military-connected children—who often change schools frequently as their parents move from duty station to duty station—with more consistent and high-quality education.

Monday, May 12, 2014

ESEA Waivers and Teacher-Evaluation Plans

Teacher book_alt2 icon Report According to ESEA waivers, many states allow school districts’ discretion in the design and implementation of teacher-evaluation systems. State departments of education are new approaches to hold districts accountable for their evaluation plans.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teacher Diversity Revisited

Teacher article icon Issue Brief A new study reveals that the diversity of the U.S. teacher workforce is not keeping pace with the nation’s rapidly changing demographics.

By Ulrich Boser | Sunday, May 4, 2014