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Silander, Megan; Chavez-Reilly, Michael; Weinstein, Meryle – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2015
Teaching entrepreneurship--how to create, grow and run a business or organization--is one potential means to increase college and career readiness skills. Learning how to start a business can improve critical thinking, communication and collaboration (Gallagher, Stepien, & Rosenthal, 1992; Hmelo, 1998), which are key qualities for academic as…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Entrepreneurship, Program Effectiveness, Participant Satisfaction
Schwartz, Amy Ellen; Stiefel, Leanna; Cordes, Sarah A. – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2015
The majority of existing research on mobility indicates that students do worse in the year of a school move. This research, however, has been unsuccessful in isolating the causal effects of mobility and often fails to distinguish the heterogeneous impacts of moves, conflating structural moves (mandated by a school's terminal grade) and…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Academic Achievement, Influences, Longitudinal Studies
Silander, Megan; Chavez-Reilly, Michael; Weinstein, Meryle – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2015
Teaching entrepreneurship--how to create, grow and run a business or organization--is one potential means to increase college and career readiness skills. Learning how to start a business can improve critical thinking, communication and collaboration (Gallagher, Stepien, & Rosenthal, 1992; Hmelo, 1998), which are key qualities for academic as…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Business Skills
Schwartz, Amy Ellen; Leos-Urbel, Jacob; Silander, Megan; Wiswall, Matt – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2014
Holding a summer job is a rite of passage in American adolescence, a first rung towards adulthood and self-sufficiency. However, over the past decade, youth employment during the summer has decreased significantly. Summer youth employment has the potential to benefit high school students' educational outcomes and employment trajectories,…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Student Employment, Youth, Employment Level
Corcoran, Sean P.; Elbel, Brian; Schwartz, Amy Ellen – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2014
Participation in the federally-subsidized school breakfast program often falls well below its lunchtime counterpart. To increase take-up, many districts have implemented Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), offering breakfast directly to students at the start of the school day. Beyond increasing participation, advocates claim BIC improves academic…
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Program Effectiveness, Obesity, Body Weight
Weinstein, Meryle; Whitesell, Emilyn Ruble; Leardo, Michele – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2014
Informal science education institutions have been identified as critical participants in helping students succeed in science by working in collaboration with school systems across the country. The results of one such collaboration, the Urban Advantage (UA) program found that participation in UA improved student achievement, on average, by 0.6…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Program Descriptions, Institutional Characteristics, Best Practices
Cordes, Sarah – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2014
Charter schools and school choice are popular reforms believed to improve student performance largely through market competition, increased innovation, or some combination of the two mechanisms. Opponents of school choice argue that such reforms sap needed funds and resources from the traditional public school system. Despite this claim, there has…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Poverty Areas, Urban Schools
Conger, David; Chellman, Colin C. – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2013
This brief provides a comparison of the performance of undocumented students to that of U.S. citizens and other legal migrants using restricted-access data from one of the largest urban public university systems in the U.S. where many undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition. Overall, undocumented students perform well in the…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, College Students, Tuition, In State Students
Lacoe, Johanna – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2013
A safe environment is a prerequisite for productive learning. This paper represents the first large-scale analysis of how feelings of safety at school affect educational outcomes. Using a unique longitudinal dataset of survey responses from New York City middle school students, the paper provides insight into the causal relationship between…
Descriptors: School Safety, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
Lacoe, Johanna – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2013
Inequality in educational outcomes is a frequent topic of policy debate. This paper investigates one potential source of educational inequality--school safety. With panel survey data of middle school students, this paper estimates racial gaps in student feelings of safety in the classroom, in the hallways, and outside the school building, and how…
Descriptors: School Safety, Equal Education, Middle School Students, Racial Differences
Sharkey, Patrick; Schwartz, Amy Ellen; Ellen, Ingrid Gould; Lacoe, Johanna – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2013
This paper examines the effect of exposure to violent crime on students' standardized test performance among a sample of students in New York City public schools. To identify the effect of exposure to community violence on children's test scores, we compare students exposed to an incident of violent crime on their own blockface in the week prior…
Descriptors: Violence, Crime, Environmental Influences, Standardized Tests
Weinstein, Meryle; Whitesell, Emilyn Ruble; Schwartz, Amy Ellen – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2013
In this paper we provide the first rigorous evidence of the impact of a partnership between public middle schools and informal science institutions (ISIs), such as museums and zoos, on student outcomes. This study focuses on Urban Advantage (UA), a program in New York City (NYC) that explicitly draws upon the expertise and resources of the city's…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Middle Schools, Museums
Leos-Urbel, Jacob; Schwartz, Amy Ellen; Weinstein, Meryle; Weitzman, Beth C. – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2012
This policy brief presents initial findings of the impact of New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) on academic outcomes for public school students. Despite the broad appeal of providing summer jobs for urban youth, there is little research documenting the relationship between summer employment and educational outcomes for high…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Summer Programs, Student Employment, Program Effectiveness
Conger, Dylan; Hatch, Megan; McKinney, Jessica; Atwell, Meghan Salas; Lamb, Anne – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2012
Since the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law, schools have been allowed to administer grade-level content reading exams in the native language of English Language Learner (ELL) students for up to three years after they enter the school system. From that point, the students are expected to take the state assessments in…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Chakrabarti, Rajashri; Setren, Elizabeth – Institute for Education and Social Policy, 2012
There is a slowly emerging literature that seeks to understand how the Great Recession affected other parts of the economy; however, there is no research that examines the effect of Great Recession (or any other recession) on schools. Given the fundamental role of education in human capital formation and growth, it is essential to understand the…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Educational Finance, School Districts, Financial Support
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