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Hanushek, Eric A.; Peterson, Paul E.; Talpey, Laura M.; Woessmann, Ludger – Education Next, 2019
Income inequality has soared in the United States over the past half century. Has educational inequality increased alongside, in lockstep? Despite the topic's importance, surprisingly little scholarship has focused on long-term changes in the size of the achievement gap between students from higher and lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The authors'…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Failure, Advantaged, Academic Achievement
Hanushek, Eric A.; Peterson, Paul E.; Talpey, Laura M.; Woessmann, Ludger – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2019
Concerns about the breadth of the U.S. income distribution and limited intergenerational mobility have led to a focus on educational achievement gaps by socio-economic status (SES). Using intertemporally linked assessments from NAEP, TIMSS, and PISA, we trace the achievement of U.S. student cohorts born between 1954 and 2001. Achievement gaps…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Socioeconomic Influences
Harvey, James – Educational Leadership, 2018
New research sheds light on the claim that U.S. students' achievement lags behind that of students worldwide. This research reveals a paradox: While large amounts of U.S. students who take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fail to meet its Proficient benchmarks in reading and math, when students' results on NAEP are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Reading Achievement
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Hanushek, Eric A.; Ruhose, Jens; Woessmann, Ludger – Education Next, 2016
Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, supplanting No Child Left Behind and placing responsibility for public school improvement squarely upon each of the 50 states. With the federal government's role in school accountability sharply diminished, it now falls to state and local governments to take decisive action. Even though most…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Economic Impact, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
Loveless, Tom – Brookings Institution, 2016
The 2016 edition of the Brown Center Report (BCR) is number five in the third volume and the 15th issue overall. As is customary, this year's BCR contains three studies. Part one is on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and instruction in math and reading. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data indicate that nonfiction is…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Advanced Placement Programs
Lyons, Douglas; Niblock, Andrew W. – Independent School, 2014
Independent schools are, for the most part, exempt from mandatory participation in standardized tests designed for state and federal comparisons, nor are they required to take part in comparative international assessments. The anxiety in the broader culture, however, is driving a growing interest among independent school parents (and prospective…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Educational Practices
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Clark, David M.; Slate, John R.; Combs, Julie P.; Moore, George W. – Current Issues in Education, 2013
We analyzed the effect of grade span configurations (i.e., 6-8 versus K-8) on reading and math performance in Texas public schools for the last 5 school years. Participants in this study were 628 Texas schools (i.e., 314 middle schools and 314 K-8 schools) distributed across the 5 school years examined. Schools configured as K-8 schools were…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Middle School Students
Di Giacomo, F. Tony; Fishbein, Bethany G.; Buckley, Vanessa W. – College Board, 2013
Many articles and reports have reviewed, researched, and commented on international assessments from the perspective of exploring what is relevant for the United States' education systems. Researchers make claims about whether the top-performing systems have transferable practices or policies that could be applied to the United States. However,…
Descriptors: Comparative Testing, International Assessment, Relevance (Education), Testing Programs
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Schmidt, William H.; Houang, Richard T. – Educational Researcher, 2012
In this work, we explored the relationship of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) to student achievement. Building on techniques developed for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), we found a very high degree of similarity between CCSSM and the standards of the highest-achieving nations on the 1995…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Statistical Analysis, National Competency Tests
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Greene, Jay P.; McGee, Josh B. – Education Next, 2012
American education has problems, almost everyone is willing to concede, but many think those problems are mostly concentrated in America's large urban school districts. In the elite suburbs, where wealthy and politically influential people tend to live, the schools are assumed to be world-class. Unfortunately, what everyone knows is wrong. Even…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Public Schools
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Lee, Jaekyung – Educational Researcher, 2012
This study addresses missing links in "college for all" debates by investigating gaps between actual and desirable math achievement trajectories for students' college readiness. Linking multiple national data sets across P-16 education levels, the study estimates college readiness benchmarks separately for two-year and four-year college…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Academic Achievement, College Readiness, Higher Education
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2012
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) House Appropriations Subcommittee Sharpens Budget Knife: Subcommittee's Bill Would Cut Education Programs by $1.1…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support
Loveless, Tom – Brookings Institution, 2012
This edition of the Brown Center Report on American Education marks the first issue of volume three--and eleventh issue over all. The first installment was published in 2000, just as the Presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Al Gore were winding down. Education was an important issue in that campaign. It has not been thus far in the current…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement
Kober, Nancy; Usher, Alexandra – Center on Education Policy, 2012
Public education matters, whether you're a student, parent, teacher, administrator, employer, or taxpayer. Although you undoubtedly know something about public education, you may be unaware of important facts about the U.S. educational system or may be surprised to learn how things have changed in recent years. This edition of "A Public…
Descriptors: Public Education, School Location, Student Mobility, School Choice
Eck, James H.; Bellamy, G. Thomas; Schaffer, Eugene; Stringfield, Sam; Reynolds, David – Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), 2011
The authors of this monograph assert that by assisting school systems to more closely resemble "high reliability" organizations (HROs) that already exist in other industries and benchmarking against top-performing education systems from around the globe, America's school systems can transform themselves from compliance-driven…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Commercialization
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