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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

America’s Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color

classroom book_alt2 icon Report Improvements along the educator pipeline and in teacher training programs will help diversify the United States’ teachers and consequently bolster the academic performance of children from all racial backgrounds.

By Farah Ahmad and Ulrich Boser | Sunday, May 4, 2014

Common Core State Standards Assessments

common core, education book_alt2 icon Report Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the forthcoming tests from two nonprofit state assessment consortia—the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—have the potential to improve student mastery.

By Morgan S. Polikoff | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Looking at the Best Teachers and Who They Teach

Student achievement article icon Issue Brief All students need access to great teachers, and policymakers need to ensure that they get the education they deserve.

By Jenny DeMonte and Robert Hanna | Friday, April 11, 2014

Attaining Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers in Public Schools

Teacher helps student book_alt2 icon Report Attaining an equitable distribution of our nation's most effective teachers will require policy changes at the district, state, and federal levels.

By Glenda L. Partee | Friday, April 11, 2014

Conservative Politicians are Lashing Out at Courts that Order Equal Funding for Education

Derek Schmidt article icon Issue Brief When judges rule in favor of students seeking a better education, they risk incurring the wrath of conservative legislators with an austerity agenda.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Teachers Unions and Management Partnerships

Teacher and students book_alt2 icon Report Union-management partnerships across the country are finding solutions to gaps in student achievement and pushing innovative reforms in our nation’s schools.

By Saul A. Rubinstein and John E. McCarthy | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Four Years Later, Are Race to the Top States on Track?

AP class article icon Issue Brief Race to the Top states have demonstrated strong progress since the beginning of the program, but this is hard work and many have a good deal of work ahead to meet their Race to the Top commitments.

By Tiffany D. Miller and Robert Hanna | Monday, March 24, 2014

New York City’s Children First

New York City students book_alt2 icon Report New York City's massive school reform produced significant change beyond the city's own schools and helped set a national agenda for reforming education.

By Maureen Kelleher | Friday, March 21, 2014