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Boser, Ulrich; Brown, Catherine – Center for American Progress, 2016
Students from low-income backgrounds face a variety of social and economic challenges that make it more difficult for them to achieve their potential. 2 To make matters worse, low-income students often attend public schools that receive less funding than schools serving more affluent students. It is also clear that some states do a far better job…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Barriers, National Competency Tests, Achievement Gap
Boser, Ulrich; Baffour, Perpetual; Vela, Steph – Center for American Progress, 2016
In many ways standards-based school reform is at a crossroads. On one side, the movement has made tremendous strides. The Common Core State Standards Initiative, known simply as Common Core, is now strongly established in more than 40 states. Many teachers believe that the new, higher academic standards have helped them improve instruction. And,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Common Core State Standards, National Competency Tests, Outcomes of Education
Batel, Samantha; Sargrad, Scott – Center for American Progress, 2016
New assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards are a major step forward in accessibility and accommodation features for students with disabilities and English language learners. Designed by two consortia of states--the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment…
Descriptors: Barriers, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Disabilities
Brown, Catherine; Partelow, Lisette; Konoske-Graf, Annette – Center for American Progress, 2016
There has been a sea change in teacher evaluation over the past eight years. Inspired in part by President Barack Obama's policies, schools have instituted teacher evaluation systems that include multiple measures of teacher impact. Model systems are aligned to systems of continuous improvement, helping teachers identify areas of weakness in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Case Studies, Teacher Improvement, State Policy
Brown, Catherine; Boser, Ulrich; Sargrad, Scott; Marchitello, Max – Center for American Progress, 2016
In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB), as the nation's major law governing public schools. ESSA retains the requirement that states test all students in reading and math in grades three through eight and once in high school, as well as the requirement that…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Alignment (Education)
Martin, Carmel; Sargrad, Scott; Batel, Samantha – Center for American Progress, 2016
One of the most enduring and contentious debates in education circles concerns the best way to hold schools and districts accountable for improving outcomes for students and closing achievement gaps. Lawmakers, teachers, district administrators, parents, and other stakeholders--all with strong and differing opinions--have wrestled for decades with…
Descriptors: State Standards, Accountability, Language Arts, Mathematics Instruction
Fleischman, Steve; Scott, Caitlin; Sargrad, Scott – Center for American Progress, 2016
Signed into law in December 2015, the Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA) offers state education agencies significant opportunities to use evidence to support the improvement of schools and ensure better outcomes for all students. ESSA replaces the law, regulations, and guidance established through the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), but two…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Program Implementation, Evidence Based Practice
Fremstad, Shawn; Boteach, Melissa – Center for American Progress, 2015
Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children. However, reality is much more complex. Relatively few children currently live in families with married parents in which only the father is employed. In fact, more than half of U.S. children today will spend at least part of their…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Social Values, Family (Sociological Unit), Social Class
Miles, Karen Hawley; Pennington, Kaitlin; Bloom, David – Center for American Progress, 2015
William Taylor, 29, a third generation Washington, D.C. resident stands out for a number of reasons. For one, he is an African American man who taught math at an elementary school for many years. Taylor excelled in the role, so much so that he now coaches his fellow math teachers at Aiton Elementary School, which is located in a high-poverty…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teaching Experience, Educational Attainment, Rewards
Martin, Carmel; Partelow, Lisette; Brown, Catherine – Center for American Progress, 2015
The professional expectations for today's teachers are high. They must work to prepare students for new economic realities, use new and innovative pedagogical techniques and technologies, adapt their instruction to meet students' increasingly diverse needs, and adjust to recent policy reforms that directly affect their practice. These changes have…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Career Development, Educational Policy, Educational Change
Farbman, David A.; Goldberg, David J.; Miller, Tiffany D. – Center for American Progress, 2014
With the widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards, public education in the United States is poised to take a major step forward in readying the next generation of Americans for success in higher education and the workforce. Gaining a realistic understanding of students' performance levels, meeting students where they currently are,…
Descriptors: School Schedules, State Standards, Program Implementation, Extended School Day
Baylor, Elizabeth; Murray, Olivia – Center for American Progress, 2014
Completing higher education after high school continues to be the most reliable way for Americans to expand their economic opportunity. Students gain skills that not only let them achieve a secure economic future, but also allow them to experience fulfilling professional opportunities. For many students and families, this means taking on debt to…
Descriptors: College Choice, Surveys, Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial)
Valenti, Joe; Bergeron, David; Baylor, Elizabeth – Center for American Progress, 2014
The United States tax code is full of provisions designed to encourage or reward specific behaviors, such as owning a home or saving for retirement. Tax benefits for higher education are no exception: Contributions to some college savings accounts grow tax-free, college tuition is often tax deductible, and some student-loan borrowers are able to…
Descriptors: Taxes, Tax Credits, Higher Education, Paying for College
Baylor, Elizabeth – Center for American Progress, 2014
Earning a college degree or credential can be life changing and economically sustaining. That is why it is critically important that America's system of public colleges remain affordable for all Americans. However, Center for American Progress (CAP) analysis estimates that annual student-loan borrowing increased by $17 billion in the five years…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Paying for College
Boser, Ulrich; Straus, Chelsea – Center for American Progress, 2014
Low teacher pay is not news. Over the years, all sorts of observers have argued that skimpy teacher salaries keep highly qualified individuals out of the profession. One recent study found that a major difference between the education system in the United States and those in other nations with high-performing students is that the United States…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teaching Experience, Experienced Teachers, Salary Wage Differentials
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