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In the Quest to Improve Schools, Have Teachers Been Stripped of Their Autonomy?

Teacher and student article icon Issue Brief Despite recent reforms, surveys indicate that teachers are largely satisfied with their jobs, which bodes well for initiatives aimed at providing teachers with the support and clear direction they need to improve the profession and educational outcomes.

By Ulrich Boser and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teachers Stay in the Profession During Obama-Era Policies

A large majority of new teachers have stayed in their profession during a period of dramatic education reforms that critics claimed would drive them away.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interactive Map: Do Teachers Really Lack Autonomy and Freedom?

cursor icon Interactive Findings from a federal survey of teachers around the country show that teachers actually have significant control over their professional work.

By Ulrich Boser and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cuts to the Child Care Subsidy System Force Parents and Providers to Make Difficult Choices

Sequestration has had a devastating impact on the child care subsidy system, which has the potential to benefit both children and parents.

By Katie Hamm | Monday, January 6, 2014

Interactive Map: Are States Using Flexibility Waivers to Expand Learning Time in Schools?

cursor icon Interactive See how the state plans for ESEA flexibility waivers compare.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waivers

Children reading book_alt2 icon Report We examine ESEA flexibility plans for the degree to which states intend to use them to expand learning time in schools.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Right to Read: Suing a State for Better Teaching

Fourth-grader readingRecognizing that the ability to read by the third grade is a critical milestone, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against a Michigan school district for failing to teach students to read at grade level.

By Jenny DeMonte and Akash Patel | Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Guide to the Common Core State Standards

Amy Lawson, fifth-grade teacherThese fact sheets on states implementing the Common Core document the current state of student achievement, demonstrate the imperative on why higher standards are important, and offer a side-by-side comparison on how the Common Core State Standards will raise student achievement.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Infographic: The School-Readiness Gap

This infographic details some of the ways that high-quality preschool can help low-income children as they get ready to enter school.

By the CAP Early Childhood Policy Team | Thursday, November 21, 2013

How Approaches to Stuck-in-the-Mud School Funding Hinder Improvement

article icon Issue Brief Ensuring the most bang for the education buck requires innovation and flexibility in school finance.

By Melissa Lazarín | Monday, November 18, 2013

Categorical Funds: The Intersection of School Finance and Governance

article icon Issue Brief While the use of categorical funding has its supporters and detractors, ensuring flexibility and innovation when it comes to school finance is key.

By Joanna Smith, Hovanes Gasparian, Nicholas Perry, and Fatima Capinpin | Monday, November 18, 2013

Giving Every Student Access to Excellent Teachers

Classroom book_alt2 icon Report Reaching more children with the best teachers, within budget, is not only possible; it is also essential for ensuring a strong economic future for our nation.

By Public Impact | Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle Class

OECDA new OECD report provides a strong and clear call to protect America’s global standing through investments in education because boosting the basic skill level of Americans will improve their employability in the global economy, thus strengthening the middle class.

By Michael Madowitz and Elizabeth Baylor | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The School-Readiness Gap and Preschool Benefits for Children of Color

French's Child Learning and Development Center article icon Issue Brief Laying the groundwork for America’s future success and broadly shared prosperity means investing in our growing communities of color today.

By Farah Ahmad and Katie Hamm | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Meeting Students Where They Are

book_alt2 icon Report For more than 100 years, postsecondary education has been designed around the credit hour. An alternative approach is competency-based education, which makes student learning—not time—the focus.

By Rebecca Klein-Collins and Elizabeth Baylor | Thursday, November 7, 2013