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Invisible by Design

High school students article icon Issue Brief Holding states, districts, and schools accountable for improving the performance of all groups of students remains critical to improving the quality of education in America.

by Scott Sargrad, Max Marchitello, Robert Hanna | Thursday, October 29, 2015

Comparable but Unequal

student with laptop article icon Issue Brief Congress must address how current federal law masks education funding disparities between low- and higher-income students by fixing the so-called comparability loophole.

by Robert Hanna, Max Marchitello, Catherine Brown | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Robin Hood in Reverse

Sen. Lamar Alexander article icon Issue Brief A new proposal to update the No Child Left Behind Act includes a provision that could substantially redistribute federal dollars away from the students who need them the most.

by Max Marchitello and Robert Hanna | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How ESEA Title I, Part A, Funding Can Better Serve the Most Disadvantaged Students

fifth grade student article icon Issue Brief As Congress debates No Child Left Behind, it should seize the opportunity to improve the way it allocates Title I, Part A, dollars to serve students in settings of poverty.

by Robert Hanna | Monday, January 26, 2015

Despite Reports to the Contrary, New Teachers Are Staying in Their Jobs Longer

TeacherA new CAP study calls into question the idea that up to half of beginning teachers leave the profession by their fifth year. In fact, 70 percent of new teachers stay longer than five years.

by Robert Hanna and Kaitlin Pennington | Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Power of the Pygmalion Effect

student takes notes article icon Issue Brief New CAP research makes clear the importance of high teacher expectations for all students.

by Ulrich Boser, Megan Wilhelm, Robert Hanna | Monday, October 6, 2014

Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

Ivan Silverberg teaches his American Studies class. article icon 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.

by Robert Hanna and Bo Morris III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A new genetic code for state education agencies

Robert Hanna writes on the ways in which SEAs work within the current education governance system.

by Robert Hanna | Friday, June 13, 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, Marci Rozen | Friday, June 13, 2014

Seeing Beyond Silos

lockers book_alt2 icon Report States typically keep federal education funds in silos—separating staff into different offices for each federal fund. But as Texas illustrates, state education leaders can do much more to build collaborative agencies and meet comprehensive education reform goals.

by Robert Hanna | Friday, June 13, 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

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

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

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