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Modaffari, Jamil; Alleyne, Akilah – Center for American Progress, 2022
School buildings across America are crumbling. According to a 2020 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), 54 percent of U.S. school districts need to update or completely replace multiple building systems in their schools. As a result of decades of underfunding school infrastructure, national spending for K-12 school buildings…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Facilities Improvement, Federal Aid, Minority Group Students
King, Jacqueline E.; Yin, Jessica – Center for American Progress, 2022
There are long-standing educator shortages in particular subject areas and localities. Recent teacher polls and reports from states and localities indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic has broadened and deepened these shortages. At the same time, enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen. These trends have led state policymakers, pre-K…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education
Jimenez, Laura; Lam, Livia – Center for American Progress, 2021
Despite the billions of dollars that the federal government spends each year on education and workforce training, education and labor market outcomes remain inequitable. Research shows that students do not receive sufficient information about what careers are available and which courses best lead to those options, so they waste time in courses…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Laws, Education Work Relationship
Jeffrey, Ashley; Bograd, Sadie – Center for American Progress, 2021
While students comprise the largest population of educational stakeholders in the United States, they are rarely included in education governance at any level. Although they are among those most affected by education policy choices, they are often left out of education policy decision-making. As of 2019, only 23 states included student members on…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Governance, Student Role
Jimenez, Laura; Boser, Ulrich – Center for American Progress, 2021
Despite the often-negative discussion about testing in schools, assessments are a necessary and useful tool in the teaching and learning process. This is especially true when it comes to diagnostic and formative assessments, which give teachers real-time direction for what students need to learn to master course content. It is this space where the…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Test Use, Test Anxiety, Test Construction
Jimenez, Laura; Modaffari, Jamil – Center for American Progress, 2021
Assessments are a way for stakeholders in education to understand what students know and can do. They can take many forms, including but not limited to paper and pencil or computer-adaptive formats. However, assessments do not have to be tests in the traditional sense at all; rather, they can be carried out through teacher observations of students…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Computer Assisted Testing
Jimenez, Laura; Boser, Ulrich – Center for American Progress, 2021
Federal law requires all public school students in grades three to eight to take an annual assessment in reading and math at the end of the year and requires students to take an assessment once during high school. The goal of this assessment is to measure the extent to which all students are meeting the state's academic standards. These standards…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Test Use, Standardized Tests, Equal Education
Jeffrey, Ashley; Jimenez, Laura – Center for American Progress, 2021
When it comes to readying students for the jobs of the future, America's K-12 education system too often does not sufficiently prepare Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students. Research has shown that this negatively affects these students' life outcomes, specifically in terms of their long-term career prospects and economic security. To change this…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Elementary Secondary Education, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Ferren, Megan – Center for American Progress, 2021
When schools closed their doors in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a scramble to adjust to remote learning. Over the summer and into the fall, the debate over reopening took center stage, as school leaders struggled to answer how and when it would be safe to return to the classroom. The Center for American Progress (CAP)…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Distance Education
Ferren, Megan – Center for American Progress, 2021
From quickly adapting to remote learning to balancing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their personal lives, the past year has seen educators particularly overwhelmed with stress, trauma, and burnout. Although those in the education sphere have engaged in a great deal of discussion about the best way to provide social and emotional supports…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, COVID-19, Pandemics
Navarro, Marissa Alayna – Center for American Progress, 2021
During a 13-year period starting in 2008, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) raised concerns more than 30 times that colleges affiliated with the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) were potentially failing to meet standards for quality, honesty, and other attributes crucial to students and taxpayers…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Colleges, Standards, Deception
Modaffari, Jamil; Jimenez, Laura – Center for American Progress, 2021
In 2019, the Center for American Progress (CAP) embarked on a series of community conversations with caregivers, educators, school administrators, and other school stakeholders to learn what information they value and want to know about schools and student learning. This issue brief highlights what CAP gleaned from one round of community…
Descriptors: Data, Access to Information, Data Use, Educational Quality
Harris, Khalilah M.; Yin, Jessica; Pathak, Arohi; McSorley, Laura Dallas; Anthony, Marshall, Jr.; Rosenthal, Jill – Center for American Progress, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on people across the country, including children of all ages. As the new school year gets underway, it is important that state and local policymakers provide a range of supports for students that prioritize learning above politics. To ensure students continue learning and succeeding no matter where or…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Budgets, Educational Finance
Fiddiman, Bayliss; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2021
Every child deserves access to a quality education, and teaching is a core determinant of students' educational experience. Quality teaching is correlated with better learning outcomes, increased student achievement, and higher salaries and other benefits in adulthood. In this report, the Center for American Progress proposes a new federal…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Quality, Access to Education, Outcomes of Education
Chatterji, Roby; Campbell, Neil; Quirk, Abby – Center for American Progress, 2021
Advanced coursework opportunities provide high school students with the chance, in theory, to earn college credit while they are still in high school. Common examples of advanced coursework opportunities include Advanced Placement (AP) courses, dual or concurrent enrollment in classes that count for both high school and college credit, and…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Advanced Placement Programs, High School Students, Minority Group Students
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