Racial Equity and Community-Informed Policies

The K-12 Education team intentionally applies an explicit race and resource equity lens to our policy and research agenda. This means looking at potential impacts on communities who do not identify as white or who have large concentrations of families with low incomes, without conflating the two. We aim to set a standard where equity is not just a trendy concept, but rather one centered in all education policymaking and practice, and where institutional racism is called out and addressed as a barrier to progress. See the K-12 Education team’s other core priority areas:

  1. College, Career, and Civic Readiness
  2. Modernizing and Elevating the Teaching Profession
  3. Investment and Funding Equity in Public Education


Closing Advanced Coursework Equity Gaps for All Students
Report Tenth-grade students make programming adjustments to a robot that they are testing in a Computer Science Principles course at a Maryland high school, December 2017. (Getty/Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Closing Advanced Coursework Equity Gaps for All Students

Even in high schools with similar levels of access to advanced coursework, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students are less likely to be enrolled in advanced courses—and even when they are enrolled, they experience less success in these courses than their peers.

Roby Chatterji, Neil Campbell, Abby Quirk

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Public Education Opportunity Grants Report
Illustration by Jon Reinfurt

Public Education Opportunity Grants

The Center for American Progress is proposing a new federal grant program to dramatically increase the federal investment in K-12 education and make education funding more equitable at the federal, state, and local levels.

Scott Sargrad, Lisette Partelow, Jessica Yin, 1 More Khalilah M. Harris

Student Assessment During COVID-19 Report

Student Assessment During COVID-19

A comprehensive approach to testing and gathering critical student data next year can support all students.

Laura Jimenez

One Size Does Not Fit All Report
 (A one-year-old girl is shown standing and eating a cookie, surrounded by Latinx parents attending a school board meeting.)

One Size Does Not Fit All

A new Center for American Progress survey and analysis illustrate the importance of schools communicating different types of information to parents through a variety of communication systems in order to strengthen school-home partnerships and engagement.

Meg Benner, Abby Quirk

Strengthening Democracy With a Modern Civics Education Report
 (High school students sit through class under a U.S. flag in Sidney, Ohio, October 2019.)

Strengthening Democracy With a Modern Civics Education

Local, state, and national policymakers need to support and cultivate a robust high school civics education.

Ashley Jeffrey, Scott Sargrad

Elevating Student Voice in Education Report

Elevating Student Voice in Education

This report outlines strategies to increase authentic student voice in education at the school, district, and state levels.

Meg Benner, Catherine Brown, Ashley Jeffrey

A Quality Education for Every Child Report
Fifth and sixth grade students warm up for class at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., October 2012. (Getty/The Washington Post/Astrid Riecken)

A Quality Education for Every Child

The time is now for policymakers to take a bold and comprehensive approach to K-12 education.

Scott Sargrad, Khalilah M. Harris, Lisette Partelow, 2 More Neil Campbell, Laura Jimenez

Get the Lead Out Report

Get the Lead Out

A new initiative will bring 21st-century approaches to environmental monitoring and public health.

Ulrich Boser, Read Holman

Improving All Schools Report
A parent tutor teaches geography to students at Greenwood Academy during Denver Public Schools' Each One Teach One program, November 2016.

Improving All Schools

Denver Public Schools’ Tiered Support Framework is a boon for all district schools while helping those with the greatest needs outpace similar schools across the state.

Samantha Batel

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