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Williams, Conor P. – New America, 2016
One in six school-age Minnesotans has at least one immigrant parent and one in five Minnesotans under five years old is a child of immigrants. This trend is part of a significant shift in the state's racial and ethnic makeup over the past 25 years. This report looks at Minnesota's redesign of policies and practices to better support the education…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Educational Change
Ekowo, Manuela; Palmer, Iris – New America, 2016
Predictive analytics in higher education is a hot-button topic among educators and administrators as institutions strive to better serve students by becoming more data-informed. In this paper, the authors describe how predictive analytics are used in higher education to identify students who need extra support, steer students in courses they will…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Prediction, School Holding Power
Garcia, Amaya; Carnock, Janie Tankard – New America, 2016
Harrisonburg, Virginia, a community nestled in the fertile hills of the Shenandoah Valley, is emblematic of the demographic changes taking shape in the U.S. for some years now. The town's agricultural industry has attracted a large number of immigrant workers from Central America. In addition, Harrisonburg's refugee resettlement center has drawn…
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Refugees, Land Settlement, Immigrants
Lieberman, Abbie; Loewenberg, Aaron – New America, 2016
Until recently, Indiana was one of only a few states in the nation without a state-funded pre-K program. Recently, however, The Hoosier State has slowly begun to build pre-K offerings by investing in pilot programs in a handful of counties throughout the state. Now, Indiana lawmakers are looking ahead to a 2017 legislative session in which…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Programs, Program Development, Scholarships
Carnock, Janie Tankard – New America, 2016
Around 30 percent of families across New York State now speak a language other than English at home, resulting in 240,000 English language learners (ELLs) in the state's primary and secondary schools who speak nearly 200 different languages. This report looks at New York State's redesign of policies and practices to better support the education of…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, English Language Learners, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
McCarthy, Mary Alice; Fishman, Rachel; Palmer, Iris; Laitinen, Amy; Dancy, Kim; Burd, Stephen; Carey, Kevin; Ekowo, Manuela; Barrett, Ben; Holt, Alexander – New America, 2016
Imagine students attending colleges and universities around the country having their financial needs met without the use of federal loans, Pell Grants, and higher education tax credits. In "Starting from Scratch: A New Federal and State Partnership in Higher Education," New America's Higher Education Policy Program shares its vision for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Federal Legislation, State Policy
Williams, Conor P.; Garcia, Amaya; Connally, Kaylan; Cook, Shayna; Dancy, Kim – New America, 2016
The nation's linguistic diversity is growing steadily, particularly among the youngest children. A growing body of research shows that these children are most successful when they participate in bilingual instructional programs (such as dual immersion, transitional bilingual and other models). But as good as instructional language diversity might…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Educational Policy, English Language Learners
Cook, Shayna – New America, 2016
As a growing number of young children across the country are using media and interactive technology on a daily basis, the conversation has shifted from whether technology is appropriate to use at all to how it should be used to best support children's early language and literacy development. A new brief released today, Integrating Technology in…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Emergent Literacy, Family Programs, Family Involvement
deBoer, Fredrik – New America, 2016
The American university is currently undergoing a period of often-uncomfortable public scrutiny. Rising tuition costs and attendant higher student loan debt loads have caused both considerable human hardship and considerable criticism of individual institutions and the college education system as a whole. This report presents the following: (1) a…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Outcome Measures, Politics of Education, Political Influences
Connally, Kaylan; Tooley, Melissa – New America, 2016
To date, most of the public narrative and pushback on new teacher evaluation systems has centered around their use for high-stakes personnel decisions such as pay, promotion, and dismissal, but these systems were always intended to promote and support improvements for all teachers--not just the superstars or laggards. Why is teacher development…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, State Policy
Tooley, Melissa; Connally, Kaylan – New America, 2016
Historically, states and districts have largely invested in teacher professional development (PD)--ranging from one-time workshops to collaborative peer learning communities--as the primary strategy to help teachers improve their practice. Despite its potential, in its present state, PD has gained a poor reputation among educators and those who…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Performance Factors, Needs Assessment, Barriers
Parham, Katharine – New America, 2016
As recently as the 1970s, only a small number of children with disabilities were educated in public schools in the U.S. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) changed everything in 1975, mandating that states accepting public funds for education must provide special education services to children with disabilities. The 40th…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Disabilities, Educational Legislation
Bornfreund, Laura; Cook, Shayna; Lieberman, Abbie; Loewenberg, Aaron – New America, 2015
Only about one-third of children attending school in the United States can read proficiently at fourth grade, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as "the nation's report card." If that is not dismaying enough, consider the outcomes for the nation's most vulnerable students. The first eight years of…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Indicators, State Legislation, Educational Quality
Cook, Shayna; Bornfreund, Laura – New America, 2015
Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that is often recognized as a leader in public education, and for good reason. The Commonwealth consistently outperforms most states on national reading and math tests and often leads the pack in education innovations. "Starting Young: Massachusetts Birth-3rd Grade Policies that Support Children's…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Educational Policy, State Policy
Nyhan, Paul – New America, 2015
In 2008 the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) confronted a problem that has been growing for decades. It boasted the highest academic performance of any large urban district in California, yet its achievement gap was widening, as too many African American, Latino, and low-income students fell far behind their classmates. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, School Districts, Achievement Gap, Educational Change
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