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DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Seeing Clearly

How can state and local leaders tell if a school or district is doing a good job with English learners?


EARLY & ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Connecting the Steps

Four key states are working to address the difficulties that often arise in the transition to kindergarten.


CENTER ON EDUCATION & SKILLS
Rethinking Credential Requirements in Early Education

What if we could increase early childhood educators’ skills—and improve their job quality—without requiring them to pay for a degree?


PREK-12 EDUCATION
From Frenzied to Focused

How can school systems make principals’ roles more manageable while also ensuring that teachers are receiving the support they need?


EARLY & ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
One Size Doesn't Fit All

In too many cases, the needs of the bureaucracy win out over children’s developmental needs.


PREK-12 EDUCATION
Recipe for Success

With new responsibility comes the need to deeply understand an inherently complex issue—educational assessment.


HIGHER EDUCATION
In the Interest of Few

If implemented, a federal student loan refinancing plan could cost taxpayers $58 billion, yet save the average household just $8 per month.


LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES PROJECT
From Online Testing to Online Learning

State-mandated online assessment may just be the push that finally brings every public school online.


EARLY & ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
A Tale of Two Pre-K Leaders

A 50-state scan reveals child care directors are consistently held to lower standards than elementary school principals.


HIGHER EDUCATION
Varying Degrees

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise.


HIGHER EDUCATION
Off Limits

If institutions are granted the power to limit student borrowing, how might they choose to do so?


LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES PROJECT
How to Bring Early Learning and Family Engagement into the Digital Age

Resources for Digital Age learning already exist, but localities are not often tapping into them to help families in need.