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Skills for Success

Education Policy

New report highlights trends and raises important considerations for schools in supporting and assessing a more comprehensive set of student “skills for success”—and explores how assessments of these skills could be used to inform school improvement and accountability strategies.

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in the news | January 22, 2015 | Education Policy

Bizarro World: I Heart Standardized Tests...And Republicans Don't?

Conor P. Williams

We need data to guide our instructional choices and our policymaking, even if those data are imperfect. Data from those NCLB-mandated assessments illuminated enormous racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps in American schools. Eliminating them now would be akin to refusing to take regular blood tests after seeing a few rounds of worrying cholesterol counts.

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podcast | January 20, 2015 | Education Policy

Free Community College??!!!

Higher Ed Happy Hour

New America

In the inaugural episode, Kevin, Andrew and Libby talk about President Obama's free community college plan, the recent college football national championship game, whether federal college ratings are a good or terrible idea, and the upcoming season premiere of The Americans.

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in the news | January 07, 2015 | Education Policy

One Reason For Progressives To Be Hopeful This Year? Universal Pre-K

Universal pre-K illustrates a critical progressive value: programs that support underserved, low-income children and parents make it easier for them to live dignified lives. Whenever you hear about pre-K’s promise—stuff like “every $1 we invest in quality pre-K returns $7 in benefits and savings”—that usually includes the savings to society that come from children who grow up less likely to drop out of school, go to prison, have children out of wedlock, or go on public assistance.

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policy paper | December 22, 2014 | Education Policy
After Winning, Then What?

After Winning, Then What?

An Inside Look at Four Winners of Federal Early Education Grant Competitions

Paul Nyhan with introduction by Abbie Lieberman

Over the last six years competitive grants have played a large role in triggering changes in the early education space, which has been a growing priority for the Obama administration. While the competitions themselves tend to receive attention from policymakers and the media, the actual implementation process, which is critical to the success of the program, is too often overlooked.

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in the news | December 09, 2014 | Education Policy

Garfield High Teacher: Standardized Tests 'Disproportionately Impact Students Of Color'

"The first African-American president of the United States is not likely to... weaken the federal government’s ability to force states to take educational equity seriously," Conor P. Williams said. "For most of American history (and today), the decentralization of public education has been repeatedly used to protect de jure and de facto segregation, inequitable allocation of educational resources, and a dizzying variety of civil rights abuses."

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policy paper | December 04, 2014 | Education Policy
Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities

Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities

Visualizing Opporunity in 21st Century Communities

Leveraging new mapping tools can energize efforts to understand and activate 21st century learning networks. "Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities," a new report from New America' Education Policy Program, highlights examples and explores potential impact for the future. The report argues that while significant national attention has been directed at each of these components of the education system separately, few education policy leaders are considering this entire network of learning opportunities as a whole. Nor are they recognizing how much place and location continue to matter. But the increasing segregation of low-income families makes these issues inextricable at the community level.

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in the news | November 25, 2014 | Education Policy

Why We Can't Afford To Turn Away Immigrants

Each American’s ideological mileage on immigration varies according to which end of the “e pluribus unum” (“Out of many, one”) equation pulls strongest on their heartstrings. Either we’re a country primarily constituted by our breadth of diversity (‘plures’), or an ‘unum’ nation that constitutes a common cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic whole.

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policy paper | November 21, 2014 | Education Policy
Skills for Success

Skills for Success

Supporting and Assessing Key Habits, Mindsets, and Skills in PreK-12

New report highlights trends and raises important considerations for schools in supporting and assessing a more comprehensive set of student “skills for success”—and explores how assessments of these skills could be used to inform school improvement and accountability strategies.

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in the news | November 11, 2014 | Education Policy

Obama's Fragile Education Legacy

But if Obama’s education agenda is a bigger legacy piece than people realize, it’s also exceedingly fragile. States who developed new teacher evaluations, adopted new academic standards, and reworked their accountability systems at administration’s urging won’t necessarily continue with those efforts without federal pressure. The longer Obama and his team can stay the course, the more time states will have to implement and consolidate these reforms.

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