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Here you will find a wide range of research and reports that don't fit perfectly in one of the other Research/Issues topics. Posting here does not indicate Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Entries go back to 2012.  Report broken links here.


Can Female Mentors Patch the Leaky STEM Pipeline?
Christian Science Monitor

A two-year study found that 100 percent of female engineering students with female mentors stuck with the program, a surprising win for a field with an unusually high attrition rate. (June 14) 

The State of Learning Disabilities
National Center for Disabilities

Learning and attention issues are more common than many people think, affecting 1 in 5 children. With supportive policies and increased awareness among parents, educators and communities, these students can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Related story. (May 22)

The State of Literacy in Georgia - Action Needed for Georgia's Thriving Workforce and Economy
Literacy for All

This report reinforces the belief that literacy of family and caregivers is key to the literacy of children, and also quantifies the cost of low literacy to Georgia's workforce, public safety and state budget. Press release. (April 27)  

How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem Solving in Public Education
University of Washington - Center On Reinventing Public Education

State policy plays a critical role in determining whether and how well local education improvement strategies can be implemented.  Introduction. (April 11)

School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance
University of California

As detailed in this report, economists set out to determine whether healthier school lunches affect student achievement as measured by test scores. Related story. (March 23) 

English Language Learners - How is Georgia Doing?
National Public Radio - Ed

About one out of every 10 public school students in the U.S. is learning to speak English.  They are called ELLs, English Language Learners. There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them in English and all the other subjects and skills they'll need is one of the biggest challenges for public education today. Special series - Five Million Voices. (February 28)

Green Spaces and Cognitive Development in Primary School Children

This study, based on comprehensive characterization of outdoor surrounding greenness (at home, school, and during commuting) and repeated computerized cognitive tests in schoolchildren, found an improvement in cognitive development associated with surrounding greenness, particularly with greenness at schools. Abstract. Related story. (February 14)

Building a Data-Driven Education System in the United States
Center for Data Innovation

U.S. schools are largely failing to use data to transform and improve education, even though better use of data has the potential to significantly improve how educators teach children and how  administrators manage schools. Introduction.  Related article. (January 25)

Quality Counts Report
Education Week (January 4)

The 21st edition examines what states and districts are doing to make ready for the Every Student Succeeds Act's implementation, and offers state-by-state grades for how the nation's schools are faring on a range of educational measures.


Expanding Educational Opportunity in North Carolina
Public School Forum

This document brings renewed attention to issues that must be attacked with deep passion and unrelenting resolve.  We can certainly create public schools that prepare all students to succeed. Press release. (December 27)

Show Me the Data - State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Actions
Quality Data Campaign

In summer 2016, the Data Quality Campaign set out to discover what information we could easily find on state report cards from all 50 states and DC, how it was displayed, and whether it was accessible and understandable to a broad public audience. Introduction. Related story. (December 1)

What Kids Are Reading and How They Grow

This provides data-driven insights into student reading practice, nonfiction reading, and text complexity across the curriculum, in addition to lists of the books K12 kids are reading most. Related story. (November 21)

Special Report: Personalized Learning - The Next Generation
Education Week

The push to design teaching and learning around students’ distinctive academic needs, and even their personal interests, is no longer only happening in pockets of experimentation around the country. This trend has now entered the K-12 mainstream and its expansion is quickening. But there are challenges. (October 24)

Vision 2020 - Educating Georgia's Future
Georgia Department of Education

Superintendent Richard Woods:  At the Georgia Department of Education, our primary purpose is providing high-quality service and support for schools and districts, so they’re able to offer a holistic education to each and every child in our state. Op-Ed. (October 21)

Millennial Parents Support DIY Education Options
Connections Education

This independent survey of U.S. households, and about 1,200 adults, found that millennials are supportive of alternative approaches to education, with three-fourths of millennial parents (77 percent) saying a DIY approach to education, in which learners craft a path to graduation that best fits their needs, is a good idea. Introduction. Related story. (September 8)

Why School? Americans Speak Out On Education Goals, Standards, Priorities, and Funding
Phi Delta Kappan

This is the organization's 48th report that surveys American on a wide range of education topics such as charter schools and standards, taxes and local schools, and opting out of testing. Introduction. Related story. (August 30)

Score Comparability Across Computerized Assessment Delivery Devices
Council of Chief State School Officers

The average U.S. student completes 112 mandatory standardized tests between pre-K and graduation and last year, for the first time, a majority of those tests were given using technology. Now comes research suggesting that “device effects” may be hindering performance for some students. Related story. (August 12) 

No Time to Lose - How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State
National Conference of State Legislatures

What could - and should - the U.S do differently to improve its education system? This question drove a bi-partisan group of more than two-dozen lawmakers and legislative staffers on an 18-month journey to find out. Press release. Executive summary. Related story. (August 9)

The Learning Landscape - A Broad View of the U.S. Public School System
Bellwether Education Partners

A robust document, it’s divided into six “chapters” on student achievement; accountability, standards, and assessment; school finance; teacher effectiveness; charter schools; and philanthropy in K–12 education. Review. (August 4) 

Educating Students in Rural America
National Association of State School Boards of Education

This report offers recommendations for how state boards of education can address deficits, deploy existing assets, and enhance the capacity of rural areas to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers, and civic life. Introduction. Related story. (August 3)

Enrollment and Achievement in Ohio's Virtual Schools
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This dives into one of the most promising—and contentious—issues in education today: virtual schools. What type of students choose them? Which online courses do students take? Do virtual schools lead to improved outcomes for kids? Introduction. Related story. (August 2)

Divided Lines - Gated School Districts

School districts completely surrounded by a single larger district often have vast disparities. Related story. (August 1)

The Paradox of Classroom Technology: Despite Proliferation and Access, Students Not Using Technology for Learning

Based on direct classroom observations of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states and 11 countries, this study found there are still relatively few classrooms in which the use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of a student’s school experience. Press release. Related story. (July 27) 

Economic Playgrounds 2016 - Comparing the Lives of Children in G20 Countries
Save the Children

Although the United States has the world’s largest economy, it ranks ninth among 19 of the world’s wealthiest nations on child wellbeing.  Related story. Information. (July 22) 

'Minds Were Forced Wide-Open': Black Adolescents' Identity Exploration in a Transformative Social Justice Class
Pennsylvania University

Abstract:  Theories imply that transformative teaching influences positive identity development, but empirical studies of this relationship are sparse. It is clear that good teaching can positively influence youth; however, it is less clear how good teachers influence positive identity outcomes in youth, and in particular Black youth. (There is a charge for the full study.) Related story. (July 20)

Spring 2015 Digital Devices Comparability Research Study

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop and desktop computers, presenting states and districts with a new challenge as they move to widespread online assessments. Related research (CCSSO).  Related story. (July 20)

2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This annual report finds today's youth — Generation Z — are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. What about Georgia. Introduction. Related article. (June 22)

Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation's Schools
U.S. Department of Education

This report is the first national data set on chronic absence — defined as missing 15 or more days of school a year. The numbers are striking: More than 6 million kids are missing during the school a year. Related stories: NPR and Christian Science Monitor. (June 13) 

Students On STEM:  More Hands-On, Real World Experiences
Change the Equation

This survey finds that teens like science and would welcome the opportunity to do more engaging, hands-on science in school.  Yet the survey also reveals problems that are limiting their chances to pursue science any further. Introduction. Related story. (June 10)

The High Cost of Harsh Discipline and Its Disparate Impact
UCLA - The Center for Civil Rights Remedies

This report carefully and conservatively quantifies the costs of suspension in two highly populated states, Florida and California, and for the nation. Abstract. Press Release. Related story. (June 2)

The Condition of Education 2016
National Center for Education Statistics

NCES has a mandate to report to Congress on the condition of education by June 1 of each year. The Condition of Education 2016 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. Introduction. Website. Related story. Related story.(May 31)

Several Stories on Assessment-Related Subjects

Data from a range of assessment types -- formative, interim and summative -- can help schools measure student growth over time. Such data also can create opportunities for differentiation and personalized learning. (May 24)
Do Students Show What They Know on Standardized Tests?
Bentley College

This study suggests students taking a test behave like you or me: They do better with a little incentive. Dollars and cents, that is. Related story. (May 23) 

Building Global Interest in Data Literacy:  A Dialogue
EDC - Oceans of Data Institute

Focusing on three specific areas could be key to boosting K-16 students’ data literacy in a world where big data’s importance grows daily, according to this report. Related story. (May 20)

Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination
Government Accountability Office

The percentage of K-12 public schools in the United States with students who are poor and are mostly Black or Hispanic is growing and these schools share a number of challenging characteristics. Introduction. Related story. Related story. (May 19)

How Quality Growth Data Can Maximize Student Success - The Case for Growth.  Why Measure Student Learning.

Data from a range of assessment types -- formative, interim and summative -- can help schools measure student growth over time. Such data also can create opportunities for differentiation and personalized learning. Special ASCD report on assessments. (May 17)

Testing the Casual Links Between School Climate, School Violence, and School Academic Performance
Education Researcher

One might reasonably assume that principals need to reduce violence and improve school culture before they can succeed in getting kids to learn more. But this new California study upends this conventional wisdom and finds the opposite. Related story. (May 16) 

The Power of Data - Georgia's Balancing Act:  Using, Protecting, and Legislating Student Data
National Association of State Boards of Education

Everyone can agree that data collection is a tool that serves states’ students, educators, and policymakers. But depending on where they sit, some see student data as a hammer and others as a flashlight. Included is an article by the Georgia Partnership's Dana Rickman:  Georgia's Balancing Act:  Using, Protecting, and Legislating Student Data. (May 10)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015
Institute for Education Sciences

Overall crime rates have fallen over the past decade on the nation’s college campuses, but the number of reported forcible sex crimes on campus has substantially increased, according to federal data released Wednesday. Introduction. Related story. (May 6)

Make Assessment Work for All Students - Multiple Measures Matter
Northwest Evaluation Association and Gallup

With the study results and the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), leaders and educators have an opportunity to rethink our assessment systems so that they work best for our students and teachers. Introduction.  Related story. (May 5)

Technology Addiction:  Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance
Common Sense

Over the past decade, society has witnessed massive changes in the way media and technology intersect with how we work and live. Devices are more mobile, functional, and seemingly indispensable. What are the human costs? Related story. (May 4)

State Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence: Issues in the Context of Safety
Education Commission of the States

Beyond federal requirements, the higher education community has approached the problem of campus sexual violence with a commitment to prevention. (May 3)

The State of the States 2016 - Arts Education State Policy Summary
Arts Education Partnership/Education Commission of the States

As of March, 27 states identify the arts as a core academic subject. And 49 states and the District of Columbia have adopted elementary and secondary standards for the arts. Related story. (April 21) 

State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access
SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action

The report highlights the powerful impact of state leadership in driving critical policy decisions at the national and state level to support broadband networks, bandwidth capacity and home access for low-income families. Introduction.  Related story. (April 7)

How Well Are American Students Learning?
Brookings Institute

This report, pulls data from surveys conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to see how far Common Core recommendations have seeped into states’ instruction, comparing data from 2011 to 2015. Related story. (March 31) 

School Organizational Contexts, Teacher Turnover, and Staff Achievement: Evidence from Panel Data
Research Alliance for New York City Schools

Move over, teacher quality. A new study on New York City schools could make school climate the next frontier in the ongoing quest to boost student learning. Related story. (March 31) 

Hard Thinking on Soft Skills
Brookings Brief

The nation’s PK-12 education ecosystem is poised to embrace programs intended to enhance soft skills. Soft skills are generally defined by exclusion as personal qualities other than the formal knowledge transmitted by schools that affect student adjustment, i.e., the effort that students put into their work and their social skills. (March 30)

A Crisis in Civic Education
American Council of Trustees and Alumni

The Founders admonished that informed, engaged citizens would be the indispensable guardian of our liberty. ACTA’s surveys, however, administered over the past two decades, reveal that our schools—and especially our colleges and universities—have done a poor job of ensuring the civic literacy on which our nation depends.   Introduction. Related story. (March 21)

Constitutional Obligations for Public Education
Education Commission of the States

This 50-state review provides an informative overview of the constitutional language for each state and how the individual constitutions address public schools. (March 9)

Generating Opportunity & Prosperity - The Promise of Rural Education Collaboratives
Battelle for Kids

In 2015, Battelle for Kids partnered with Education Northwest to study 17 of the most promising rural education collaboratives across the country to learn how they are advancing equity, economic growth, and educational change for rural students and communities. Introduction. Related story. (February 2016)

Longitudinal Outcomes of Start Time Delay on Sleep, Behavior and Achievement in School (Abstract)

This study has confirmed the idea that there could be positive outcomes if high schoolers were able to start school later in the morning. Related story. (February 2016)

Survey of the States - Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation's Schools 2016
Council on Economic Education

Every two years, CEE conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States. This edition shows that there has been slow growth in personal finance education in recent years and no improvement in economic education. Introduction. (February 2016)


State Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence:  Issues in the Context of Safety
NASPA Research & Policy Institute/Education Commission of the States

The first in a series, this publication looks at recent state legislation on campus sexual violence. By offering in-depth analyses of state legislation and framing key issues and considerations for leaders in higher education and policy across the states, NASPA and ECS look to support constructive dialogue toward effective action on campus safety. Introduction. (December 2015)

Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection
OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development

Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? This report examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Related story. (November 2015)

National Assessment of Educational Progress
The Nation's Report Card

Check the latest results.  Related story. (October 2015)

Amount of Time to Eat Lunch Is Associated with Children's Selection and Consumption of School Meals
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

(This is an abstract.  There is a charge for the full article.) There are currently no national standards for school lunch period length and little is known about the association between the amount of time students have to eat and school food selection and consumption. Related story. (October 2015)

Beyond the Fear Factor - Parental Support for Technology & Data Use in Schools
Future of Privacy Forum

New data reveals a majority of parents participating in a survey said they support using student data to inform educational practices, but they remain concerned about student data privacy and security issues in schools. Related story. (September 2015)

Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection

Getting kids up to speed in traditional skills such as reading and math will better prepare them for the digital future than schools investing in high-tech equipment such as computers.  Introduction. (September 2015)

47th Annual Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

This latest poll found the recurring contradiction that while Americans harbor misgivings about public education in general, they give their local schools high marks.  Introduction. Related story. (August 2015)

Intergenerational Effects of Parents' Math Anxiety on Children's Math Achievement and Anxiety
University of Chicago

(The link is to the report abstract. Payment required for the document.)  If the thought of a math test makes you break out in a cold sweat, Mom or Dad may be partly to blame, according to this research. Related story. (August 2015)

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance - The Long-Run Economic Impact of Improving Programme for International Assessment (PISA) Outcome

The authors’ statistical analysis shows that math abilities are most highly correlated with economic growth and that they are probably serving as a proxy for a range of problem-solving skills (which require ability to comprehend what one reads and to use that knowledge in constructive ways). Related story. (August 2015)

Keeping Kids in Class Toolkit
Georgia Appleseed - Center for Law & Justice

This handy Toolkit provides powerful, yet easy-to-understand, easy-to-access data and other information that will help parents and school leaders in local districts throughout the state to work together to convert the school exclusion to prison pipeline into the school to opportunity pipeline. (August 2015)

Kids Count 2015 Data Book - State Trends in Child Well Being
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Georgia climbed two spots to 40th in an annual national ranking of child and family well-being.  But even with the improved ranking, more than one in four of Georgia's kids still struggle to get basic necessities to live health and productive lives. Georgia Family Connection Partnership press release. Introduction. (July 2015)

Redefining the School District in America
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This report reexamines existing recovery school districts in Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan charged with running and turning around their states' worst schools. Introduction. (June 2015)

Highlights from the Condition of Education 2015
National; Center for Education Statistics

There's some good news in this report that covers a multitude of topics. Here is an "at a glance" version. (June 2015)

Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities Between State Tests and the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Introduction.  Far too often, state test results mislead the public about whether students are proficient. Parents, students, and teachers deserve transparency and accuracy in public reporting. Related: Fact sheet says "...Georgia is well along on the road to becoming a top truth teller." Related storyRelated story. Related story. Related story. Do you want more on this story?  Check the HonestyGap web site. (May 2015)

Digital Learning - 2014 National Report Card - How is Georgia Doing?
Digital Learning Now

This measures state policies on digital learning based on their alignment to the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning. In addition to the interactive map, you can read the full text of the 2014 Digital Learning Report Card. Select Georgia and you will view and download that state’s analysis. (May 2015)

How Well are American Students Learning?
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings

This is the 14th edition of the series.  It includes three studies. The studies in this edition are on the gender gap in reading, the impact of the Common Core State Standards -- English Language Arts on reading achievement, and student engagement. Introduction. Related story. (May 2015)

2014 Survey of Online Learning - Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2014
Online Learning Consortium

The number of students taking online courses continues to climb, albeit at the slowest rate in more than a decade. About 5.3 million students took at least one online course in fall 2013  – up 3.7 percent from the previous fall. Related story. (February 2015)

An Educator's Guide to the "Four Cs"
National Education Association

To encourage more members and leaders to incorporate this policy into their own instruction, NEA developed this guide to introduce educators to the concept, stress the importance of the "Four Cs" (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity). (January 2015)

What Kids Are Reading and Why It Matters
Renaissance Learning

Prior editions of the report have focused almost exclusively on popular book lists. While knowing the top books students are reading by grade, gender, and so forth, is interesting and informative, this year we are also asking the question, Why does reading matter? (January 2015)

A New Majority - Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation's Public Schools
Southern Education Foundation

Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percent of the students across the nation’s public schools were low income in 2013.  Introduction. (January 2015)


Taking Stock of California Linked Learning District Initiative
SRI International

Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics with real-world experiences. This approach aims to transform education into a personally relevant, wholly engaging experience—and open students to career and college opportunities they never imagined. Related story. (December 2014)

Education for Upward Mobility
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

At the Education for Upward Mobility conference, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released 10 working conference papers about the intersection between the anti-poverty and education-reform agendas. These draft papers tackle difficult, but integral questions. Conference papers. (December 2014)

What Kids are Reading
Renaissance Learning

American students are reading more nonfiction, but not as much as Common Core standards recommend, and their reading tends to be far less challenging than it should be to prepare them for college or careers. Related story. (November 2014)

STEM Challenges and Solutions in the Hinterlands

When it comes to teaching STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - in remote rural areas, intractable problems can become brilliant solutions. (November 2014)

The New Role of Business in Global Education
FSG - Shared Value Initiative

This report explores the innovative ways that leading companies are taking to put education at the core of their corporate strategy. Introduction. Related story (November 2014)

Level Up Learning: A national survey on teaching with digital games
Games Learning

Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, but few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Related story. Introduction. Executive summary. (October 2014)

Poll:  National attitudes around education issues, improvements and institutions
Education Post

This survey research of public school parents shows a high level of faith and trust in local public schools, principals and teachers, along with considerable concern that today’s schools are not preparing our children to fully compete in the global economy. Related story. Press release. (October 2014) 

Study of Deeper Learning: Opportunities and Outcomes
American Institutes for Research

The study examines the impact of these opportunities on how students develop five dimensions of deeper learning: mastery of core content, critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, communication skills, and independent learning skills. Related story. (September 2014) 

Leaders and Laggards
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This is an update to the Chamber's signature report. This edition updates the 2007 Leaders & Laggards report, includes new metrics, and shows changes in student scores over time. (September 2014) 

Absences Add Up:  How School Attendance Influences Student Success
Attendance Works

Students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests, a result that holds true at every age, in every demographic group and in every state and city tested, according to this state-by-state analysis (ECS). (September 2014)

Year-Round Schools - In Brief
Congressional Research Service

This brief reviews year-round schools' growing popularity, the inconclusive research on their efficacy, and their pros and cons. (July 2014) 

Reading Partners:  The Implementation and Effectiveness of a One-on-One Tutoring Program Delivered by Community Volunteers

Reading Partners, a literacy program delivered by volunteers to struggling readers from kindergarten to the fifth grade, increased reading comprehension, fluency and sight-word reading by one-and-one-half to two months of growth. (June 2014) 

Science in the Early Years
Education Commission of the States

This report finds that science does not detract from literacy development among young students and in fact contributes to the goal that all children can read proficiently by third grade. (June 2014) 

2014 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?
Brown Center on Education Policy - at Brookings Institute

This year’s Brown Center Report on American Education represents the third installment of volume three and the 13th issue overall since the publication began in 2000.  Three studies are presented. Relating story - Homework Horror Stories. (March 2014)

Race to the Top - Georgia Report - Year 3
U.S. Department of Education

This annual progress report provides an in-depth overview of the many successes and some challenges Georgia state has faced between October 2012 -2013. (March 2014)

The Condition of STEM 2013 - National

The good news is that interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is high -- almost half of high school students tested expressed an interest and/or revealed a STEM affinity in an interest inventory. Of concern is the 8.5 percent of students with a STEM affinity who have no interest in pursuing a STEM major. (February 2014)


Four must-have tools for improving children’s learning
eSchool News

Having worked with teachers across the country to implement programs, served on literacy committees, and seen first hand how technology has allowed students to become more creative and talented, those experiences inspired these writers to collaborate on this list of classroom resources that will enhance any child's learning experience. (December 2013)

Youth Civic Development & Education
Center on Adolescence, Stanford University

A new report calls for a revitalization of civic education to better prepare young people to become active and engaged citizens and ensure a vibrant democratic society.  It outlines steps to improve civics learning in schools, including getting teachers to move beyond textbooks. Related story. (December 2013)

Powering the Digital Classroom - How students want to learn, and how they are actually learning doesn't match up in many schools. How can education leaders balance this equation?
eSchool News Special Report

After reviewing student responses to a 2012 survey, researchers noted the continuation of a long-running trend: In too many cases, there seems to be a “disconnect” between how students say they want to learn and how they’re actually learning in the classroom. (November 2013)

Which Way Do We Go? 45th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

American policy makers are forging ahead with education initiatives but they may be leaving the Americans behind and out of the loop. Related story. (August 2013)

ACT Tests - The Condition of College and Career Readiness

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT® test scores, the Condition of College & Career Readiness reports provide national and state snapshots of college readiness of the graduating seniors of the class of 2013 who took the ACT in high school. (August 2013)

The Equality of Opportunity Project
Harvard University/University of California Researchers

Building on our previous research on the Earned Income Tax Credit, we set out to study the impact of tax expenditures on intergenerational mobility. We find substantial variation in the economic outcomes of children from low income families across areas of the U.S. Related article. (August 2013)

Cyberbullying Among 11,700 Elementary Students, 2011-2012
Massachusetts Aggression Control Center

Cyberbullying studies are a dime a dozen, but not so for cyberbullying studies about elementary school students. One of the first of its kind was just released. How many 5th graders own a smart phone, again? Related story. (July 2013)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
National Center for Education Statistics

This report presents the most recent data available on crime and student safety.  The indicators in this report are based on information drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers and principals. (July 2013)

Barriers to Creative Education:  Educators and Parents Grade the System

This study reveals the state of creativity in education. It highlights the importance of preparing students to be innovators and how testing and government mandates are stifling creativity in the classroom. Related story. (July 2013)

The Heart of the Matter - The Humanities and Social Sciences - for a vibrant, competitive and secure nation
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A workforce lacking robust a humanities and social science education could be just as detrimental to the country’s future economic competitiveness as one deficient in science and technological expertise. IntroductionRelated story. (June 2013)

NAEP Long-Term Trend Assessments
National Center for Education Statistics

Approximately 26,300 students took the reading assessment, while about 26,200 took the mathematics assessment.  The last long-term trend assessments were administered in 2008. Related story. (June 2013)

2013 Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation

This provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the U.S. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.  Press release from the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. (June 2013)

Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School
Institute of Medicine

The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. (May 2013)

30th Anniversary: A Nation At Risk
National Commission on Excellence in Education

This report 30 years ago declared that "the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people." Where are we today? Related story. (April 2013)

Reading and Math Skills at Age 10 and Earnings in Later Life: a brief analysis using the British cohort study
University of London

Researchers say a one standard deviation increase in 10-year-olds' reading scores translated to a 4.4% to 4.8% increase in earnings during their 30s. A one standard deviation increase in math scores translated to a 10.2% to 10.8% increase in earnings. (April 2013) 

The 2013 Brown Center Report on American Education:  How Well Are American Students Learning?

This is the twelfth edition of this report.  This year the focus is on the latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) released in December, 2012. The U.S. did relatively well. Related story.  Introduction. (March 2013)

Second Generation Americans - A Portriat of Adult Children of Immigrants
Pew Research Center

Second-generation Americans—the 20 million adult U.S.-born children of immigrants—are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment. Related story. (February 2013) 

Georgia Economic Education's Good News
Atlanta Business Chronicle

At the Georgia Council on Economic Education, it is our vision that students will leave school prepared for their economic roles as workers, consumers, citizens, and lifelong decision-makers in a globally interdependent world. (January 2013)

National Assessment of Educational Progress - It's Important!
National Center for Education Statistics

The test reports on student achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment factors across the nation. It is the only measure of how the nation's students are performing in various subject areas and informs us how student performance has changed over time. (January 2013)

Forum Guide to Taking Action With Education Data
National Forum on Education Statistics

Anticipating the avalanche of data soon to be inundating educators, school and district leaders, and state program staff, this guide attempts to help with a variety of questions such as: "What do I want to know? What data might be relevant? How will I access the relevant data?" (January 2013)


Making Mastery Work - A Close-up View of Competency Education
nellie mae Education Foundation

This report looks at schools in the Proficiency-Based Pathways Project (PBP), which implements mastery-based approaches to teaching in rural, suburban, and inner-city regions in New England. Intro piece. (December 2012)

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition
Center of Education Policy

CEP’s 11th annual report on state high school exit exams finds that states are embracing higher standards on their exit exams, which means schools and students will feel the impact. (October 2012) 

Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011 - Now Largest Minority Group on 4-Year College Campuses
Pew Research Center

The nation’s Hispanic student population reached a number of milestones in 2011, according to this analysis of newly available U.S. Census Bureau.  Related story. (August 2012)

Welcome to America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

This report features statistics on children and families in the United States across a range of domains, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. (July 2012)

New Americans in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Immigrant and Second-Generation American Undergraduates
Institute of Education Sciences/Nation Center for Education Statistics

This report presents the demographic and enrollment characteristics of undergraduates who are immigrants or the children of immigrants and compares them with undergraduates whose parents were born in the United States. (July 2012)

The Importance of Being in School - A Report on Absenteeism in U.S. Schools
Johns Hopkins School of Education

New research suggests that as many as 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year, raising the likelihood that they'll fail academically and eventually drop out (ECS). Relating story. (May 2012)

A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City
Schott Foundation

In New York City public schools, a student's educational outcomes and opportunity to learn are statistically more determined by where he or she lives than their abilities, according to this report. (April 2012)

U.S. Education Reform and National Security
Council on Foreign Relations

The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role.  (March 2012)

Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess - Research Brief
Active Living Research

This brief summarizes the growing body of research examining recess, which shows that providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance amng children. (March 2012)

The Brown Center Report on American Education
The Brookings Institute 

The report distills the results of studies to examine the state of education in the U.S.  The report focuses on education policy, student learning measures, trends on achievement test scores and education reform outcomes. Introduction. (February 2012)

For Every Child, Multiple Measures - What parents and educators want from K-12 assessments
NWEA - Northwest Evaluation Association

This study gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers and district administrators – those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. (February 2012)