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Gordon, Nora – Hamilton Project, 2016
Public discussion leading up to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 focused on the controversial testing, standards, and teacher evaluation provisions of the previous reauthorization, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB; 2002), and its…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Resource Allocation
Schanzenbach, Diane Whitmore; Bauer, Lauren; Mumford, Megan – Hamilton Project, 2016
A quality education that promotes learning among all students is a prerequisite for an economy that increases opportunity, prosperity, and growth. School accountability policies, in which school performance is evaluated based on identified metrics, have developed over the past few decades as a strategy central to assessing and achieving progress…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy
Ander, Roseanna; Guryan, Jonathan; Ludwig, Jens – Hamilton Project, 2016
Improving the educational outcomes of economically disadvantaged children is a policy priority in the United States, and yet relatively little progress has been made in recent decades. Education reforms that aim to help economically disadvantaged students often focus on improving the quality with which grade-level material is taught, or the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Improvement, Individualized Instruction, Program Proposals
Chatterji, Aaron K.; Jones, Benjamin F. – Hamilton Project, 2016
Despite much fanfare, new technologies have yet to fundamentally advance student outcomes in K-12 schools or other educational settings. We believe that the system that supports the development and dissemination of educational technology tools is falling short. The key missing ingredient is rigorous evaluation. No one knows what works and for…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Best Practices, Case Studies, Educational Principles
Messacar, Derek; Oreopoulos, Philip – Hamilton Project, 2012
High school dropouts fare substantially worse than their peers on a wide variety of long-term economic outcomes. On average, a dropout earns less money, is more likely to be in jail, is less healthy, is less likely to be married, and is unhappier than a high school graduate. But despite this growing education gap, dropout rates have remained…
Descriptors: Dropouts, College Attendance, Elementary Education, Minority Group Students
Fryer, Roland G., Jr. – Hamilton Project, 2012
Our education system is in desperate need of innovation. Despite radical advances in nearly every other sector, public school students continue to attend school in the same buildings and according to the same schedule as students did more than a hundred years ago, and performance is either stagnant or worsening. One of the most important…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Educational Practices, Educational Innovation
Chatterji, Aaron; Jones, Benjamin – Hamilton Project, 2012
Technological progress has consistently driven remarkable advances in the U.S. economy, yet K-12 education sees little technological change compared to other sectors, even as U.S. K-12 students increasingly lag behind students in other nations. This proposal considers how we can take a signature American strength--innovation--and apply it to K-12…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Technology, Internet, Elementary Secondary Education
Greenstone, Michael; Harris, Max; Li, Karen; Looney, Adam; Patashnik, Jeremy – Hamilton Project, 2012
The Hamilton Project's mission is advancing opportunity, prosperity, and growth. On both the individual and society-wide levels, a strong public education system enables Americans to achieve those objectives. Indeed, education has historically been the great equalizer and offered students of all backgrounds not the promise of equal outcomes but…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Public Education
Greenstone,, Michael; Looney, Adam – Hamilton Project, 2012
The unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in September, falling below 8 percent for the first time since January 2009. Furthermore, the share of working-age Americans who are employed increased to 58.7 percent, the highest level since May 2010. Employers added 114,000 jobs last month, and an average of more than 145,000 over the past three…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Employment Level, College Attendance, Economic Climate
Greenstone, Michael; Looney, Adam – Hamilton Project, 2011
As the college class of 2011 graduates in the aftermath of the Great Recession, some graduates are struggling to find a good job--or any job at all. As a result, many are questioning whether the time and expense of college was worth it. The authors try to answer this question by comparing the economic benefits of a college degree to its costs, as…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Economic Impact, Labor Market, Salary Wage Differentials
Hamilton Project, 2011
Over the past decade, educational reforms have increased efforts to hold teachers and schools accountable for student test scores. Schools without significant progress on test scores have been subject to reductions in funding and even replacement of school leadership. The purpose of these actions is to increase student achievement by raising…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Thinking Skills, Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability
Greenstone, Michael; Looney, Adam – Hamilton Project, 2011
The January employment numbers, released today by the U.S. Department of Labor, present mixed evidence about the state of the labor market. While the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent, payrolls were just better than flat, increasing by only 36,000 jobs last month. Much attention is given to the official unemployment rate, which is certainly…
Descriptors: Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Labor, Labor Market
Greenstone, Michael; Looney, Adam – Hamilton Project, 2011
Great teachers have the ability to transform and enrich the lives and living standards of Americans. According to recent research, a student's kindergarten teacher has long-lasting influence on important lifetime outcomes, such as future earnings. These effects are so important that the difference between having an above-average kindergarten…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Kindergarten, Teaching Experience, Teacher Recruitment
Allan, Bradley M.; Fryer, Roland G., Jr. – Hamilton Project, 2011
There is widespread agreement that America's school system is in desperate need of reform, but many educational interventions are ineffective, expensive, or difficult to implement. Recent incentive programs, however, demonstrate that well-designed rewards to students can improve achievement at relatively low costs. Fryer and Allan draw on…
Descriptors: Incentives, Guidelines, Rewards, Best Practices
Greenstone, Michael; Looney, Adam; Shevlin, Paige – Hamilton Project, 2011
For decades, investments in public education have boosted U.S. productivity and earnings, forged a path out of poverty for many families, helped disadvantaged students narrow the learning gap with their peers, and developed a workforce that continues to be among the most productive and innovative on Earth. More recently, this engine of growth has…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Charter Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness
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