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Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. students attend rural schools. However, during policy discussions, rural schools' unique challenges are often eclipsed by those of their urban and suburban counterparts. This report is a case study of an innovative, replicable public education experiment at three rural Texas high schools called the Rural Schools Innovation Zone2…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Rural Schools, High Schools, School Districts
Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2022
In August, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released the grimmest "Nation's Report Card" in 20 years. Between 2020 and 2022, America's students dropped five points in reading and seven points in math. At a time when there is empirical evidence that America's students are struggling -- the NAEP scores are just one…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Achievement Gains, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Attitudes
Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2022
The pandemic put both a microscope and a wide-angle lens on America's education systems. Under the microscope, parents had a window into individual classrooms as never before, as their children struggled to learn through laptops. Many didn't like what they observed. Through the wide angled lens, the country was jolted by evidence that school…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Public Schools, State Legislation
Goodman, Veronica; Pankovits, Tressa; Murphy, Tess – Progressive Policy Institute, 2021
Research shows that employers are less likely to hire workers with little to no experience for the "first jobs" that many younger workers rely on to build their skills and credentials. Without those first jobs, many will face fewer paths to enter the workforce. To help the non-college-bound, the nation's education system needs to create…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Job Training
Pankovits, Tressa; Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2020
Across the country, urban school districts are moving beyond industrial-era systems by creating "innovation" or "partnership" schools that have the freedom to reinvent the way they educate students. The Progressive Policy Institute released a how-to guide for legislators, district leaders, and advocates who want to create more…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Innovation, Program Implementation