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Sargrad, Scott; Partelow, Lisette; Yin, Jessica – Center for American Progress, 2019
The 2018 elections were historic on many levels, with the highest turnout in a midterm year since 1914, record numbers of women winning office, and the first Native American and Muslim women ever elected to Congress. At the state level, 36 governors' races were on the ballot, and 20 newly elected governors take office in January. As these 20 new…
Descriptors: State Government, Statewide Planning, Educational Policy, Advisory Committees
Workman, Simon; Novoa, Cristina – Center for American Progress, 2018
With 20 new governors and 16 re-elected governors starting new terms in January, 2019 has the potential to be a year of big change at the state level. This is particularly the case in the early childhood policy arena, as many newly elected governors discussed early childhood education as part of their campaigns. Governors are in a prime position…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Officials, State Government, State Policy
Shapiro, Sarah; Brown, Catherine – Center for American Progress, 2018
Civic knowledge and public engagement is at an all-time low. While the 2016 election brought a renewed interest in engagement among youth, only 23 percent of eighth-graders performed at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics exam, and achievement levels have virtually stagnated since 1998. In…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Required Courses, Graduation Requirements
Shapiro, Sarah; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2018
Diversifying the teacher workforce improves student outcomes and supports students of color. Yet, educational achievement barriers--compounded by the Trump administration's rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and drastic proposed cuts to federal education spending--will continue to keep Latinxs teachers out of the…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Hispanic Americans, Hispanic American Students, Minority Group Teachers
Stephenie, Johnson – Center for American Progress, 2018
The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided states with newfound flexibility on accountability measures and school improvement strategies. Many policy experts have analyzed states' ESSA plans, which explain how states use their federal funds under various provisions of the new law, as well as the approaches states take to identify and rate…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability
Boser, Ulrich; McDaniels, Abel; Benner, Meg – Center for American Progress, 2018
Policymakers and educators need to reimagine the American school experience in order to better improve student achievement. What's more, nearly half of all first-year college students require remediation in English, costing taxpayers roughly $1.3 billion. There are promising practices and research that rethink the school experience in order to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Learning, School Restructuring, Academic Achievement
Boser, Ulrich; McDaniels, Abel – Center for American Progress, 2018
This issue brief attempts to address the research-practice gap in the education space. First, it describes some challenges in applying research to educational practice. It then outlines research-practice partnerships (RPPs)--mutually beneficial collaborations between research scientists and education leaders that can narrow the gap between…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Partnerships in Education
Campbell, Neil – Center for American Progress, 2018
While there are multiple types of programs subsidizing private education--including traditional vouchers, tax credit scholarships, and education savings account programs--they all share a common economic effect: diverting public money away from public schools to subsidize private education. The Center for American Progress believes that public…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers, Private Schools, Public Schools
Jimenez, Laura; Sargrad, Scott – Center for American Progress, 2018
Since the 1990s, the United States has fallen behind on college completion, slipping from first in the world in 1995 to 10th in 2016. A major factor in the country's low rates of college completion is a lack of true college preparation in the K-12 education system. On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the math achievement of 12th…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Standards, College Preparation, National Competency Tests
Jerald, Craig; Campbell, Neil; Roth, Erin – Center for American Progress, 2017
Recently, educators and policymakers have taken steps to improve high school graduation rates. Their efforts have already led to a record 83.2 percent graduation rate in 2016 and a 40 percent reduction over the past decade in the number of high schools graduating less than 6 in 10 students. Yet significant challenges for high schools remain.…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Restructuring, Barriers, Graduation Rate
Benner, Meg; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2017
The squeeze for time to plan lessons and complete other administrative tasks shapes a school's professional environment and, ultimately, affects the quality of instruction. As teachers are largely separate from other educators during instruction, lack of time for collaboration can be very isolating. More than half of lower secondary school…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Elementary Schools
Batel, Samantha – Center for American Progress, 2017
By the start of the 2017-18 school year, states must complete their plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which requires all states to rethink their school classification systems in consultation with community members. So far, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have submitted their plans to the U.S. Department of Education,…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Program Implementation, Classification
Partelow, Lisette; Spicklemire, Kami – Center for American Progress, 2017
Many of the positive changes seen in education reform over the past few decades--from replication of high-quality charter schools to expansion of teacher residency programs--have been made possible, at least in part, through partnerships with AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Under the Trump administration's current proposal to cut…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Federal Government, Federal Aid, Political Issues
Brown, Catherine; Benner, Meg – Center for American Progress, 2017
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, some advocates and philanthropists are shifting their focus and energy from the federal level to the state and local level in the hopes of maintaining the momentum of gains made by the Obama administration. Since the nation's founding, states and the school districts they created have been in the…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Educational Policy, Advocacy, Federal Aid
Boser, Ulrich – Center for American Progress, 2017
To examine the public's attitudes about the nature of teaching and learning and what they mean for educational policy, the author surveyed almost 3,000 individuals nationwide in 2015, weighting results by race, poverty, and education level. Results show: (1) There is a wide gap between the public's understanding of good educational practice and…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Poverty
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