What is the Market Price of Daycare and Preschool?

Knowing what families of different income and educational levels are currently paying for daycare can inform policy debates over how much taxpayers should spend to help families afford it.

Who Is in Special Education and Who Has Access to Related Services?

New Evidence From the National Survey of Children’s Health

Evidence-Based Reforms in College Remediation Are Gaining Steam – and So Far Living Up to the Hype

A number of large-scale reforms have given students more options for completing remediation quickly, and more ways to avoid it altogether.

How Life Outside of School Affects Student Performance in School

Approximately 18 percent of Michigan third graders have been formally investigated by Child Protective Services for possible exposure to abuse or neglect.

Simplifying Grants for College Students: Who Wins and Who Loses?

Making federal student aid programs simpler and easier for students to navigate is a key goal of efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act .

Influx of Haitian Refugees in Florida Didn’t Hurt Student Outcomes

We present the first evidence on the effects of a large influx of refugees or disaster-fleeing migrants on the educational outcomes of incumbent students.

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Evidence Should Inform But Not Drive Decision Making

Decision makers may end up relying on data about outcomes that happen to be available rather than about outcomes that align with their goals.

Why Is Accountability Always About Teachers?

Teachers do not manage or direct the system. Senior leaders make decisions that affect every aspect of life for teachers in schools.

By   02/21/2018 Blog, Editorial  

ACT/SAT for All: A Cheap, Effective Way to Narrow Income Gaps in College

A universal test opens the door to more effective, targeted efforts to draw talented, disadvantaged students into college.

Building Knowledge to Improve Degree Completion in Community Colleges

Policymakers should take steps to encourage colleges to adopt successful models such as ASAP and the Detroit Promise Path.

When Public Opinion on Policy Is Driven by Misconceptions, Refute Them

Respondents’ conceptions and support toward Common Core were substantially affected a short, easy-to-read text.

Disproportionality in Student Discipline: Connecting Policy to Research

Researchers should consider the importance of implementation research as an integral part of discipline reform program evaluation.

By   01/22/2018 Blog, Editorial  

The Looming Student Loan Crisis Is Worse Than We Thought

New data allow for the most comprehensive assessment to date of student debt and default.

New Evidence on School Choice and Racially Segregated Schools

School district policies that allow parents to easily choose a school for their children can lead to schools that are more segregated than would be the case if school assignment were based entirely on zip code.

Two Student Loan Studies Everyone Missed

Perhaps these studies went widely unnoticed because they contradict popular narratives about student debt that imply the loan program ought to be more generous and lenient.

Are Low-Quality Private Schools on the Rise in Florida?

A new study finds that participation in the state’s tax credit scholarship program has not shifted toward schools with weaker track records of improving student outcomes.

The Importance of a Diverse Teaching Force

Bachelor’s degree completion gaps make it much harder to achieve a teaching force whose diversity mirrors that of the student population.

New Evidence That Students’ Beliefs About Their Brains Drive Learning

Experimental research has found that developing a growth mindset can improve academic achievement and that schools can affect students’ mindset.

State Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Where Is the Research?

State plans mostly ignored research on what works and what does not to achieve particular outcomes.

Online Schooling: Who Is Harmed and Who Is Helped?

A review of studies that measure the causal impact of online courses.

Will Tax Reform Provide More Support for Children and Their Families? Follow the Money

Plans for federal tax cuts and reforms need to be fleshed out in ways that provide greater benefits for children in families most in need.

The Pell Grant Proxy: A Ubiquitous But Flawed Measure of Low-income Student Enrollment

Policymakers use the Pell Grant program to measure the share of low-income students enrolled at specific universities, but the reliability of this measure is rarely scrutinized.

What We Know About Career and Technical Education in High School

States have been very active in passing laws about CTE. They now need to step up and support research that can help ensure these new initiatives are successful.

Thinking “Beyond the Box”: The Use of Criminal Records in College Admissions

The overlap in the population between those applying to college and those with a criminal record is bigger than many realize,

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