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Research for Action, 2022
Earning a high school diploma is a milestone that has been linked to many later life outcomes, from employment to incarceration to physical health, and impacts society as a whole through tax revenues and government spending. Yet, youth leaving school prior to obtaining a diploma remains a challenge nationwide, particularly in large cities. Given…
Descriptors: Barriers, Graduation Rate, High School Seniors, After School Programs
Research for Action, 2021
This brief communicates findings from Phase 1 of "State Responses to COVID-19 -- Implications for Outcomes-Based Funding" a 50-state policy scan to determine how Outcomes-Based or Student Success Funding (PBF/OBF/SSF) policies are shifting in response to COVID-19 related budget fluctuations. Conducted between August and December of 2020,…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, State Programs, State Aid
Research for Action, 2021
This brief communicates findings from Phase 1 of "State Responses to COVID-19 -- Implications for Outcomes-Based Funding and Promise Programs," a 50-state policy scan to determine how Promise Program policies are shifting in response to COVID-19 related budget fluctuations. Conducted between August and December of 2020, this 50-state…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, State Programs, State Aid
Research for Action, 2021
Every year millions of Americans gain valuable college credit-worthy learning through workplace training, the military, apprenticeships, & professional certifications. Nearly all of this learning goes unrecognized by colleges & universities. Without a consistent way to recognize, reward, and transfer this learning, many people are left…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, College Credits, Universities
Shaw-Amoah, Anna – Research for Action, 2021
Close to 3,000 students in Allegheny County public schools were identified as experiencing homelessness during the 2018-19 school year, or 2.0% of the total student population. Meanwhile, homelessness rates have been growing in recent years and lost income due to COVID-19 is likely to bring even more students to the point of housing and…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Federal Legislation, At Risk Students, Access to Education
Eddins, Mary; Pileggi, Molly – Research for Action, 2021
Teacher mobility, or teacher turnover, has long garnered attention as a critical educational equity gap. This attention is warranted as, within schools, teachers have the single greatest impact on student achievement. The unprecedented interruptions to school-based learning and the trials of navigating remote and hybrid instruction due to the…
Descriptors: Counties, School Districts, Faculty Mobility, Labor Turnover
Eddins, Mary – Research for Action, 2021
Definitions of teacher experience vary by state and research study. Most states consider a teacher inexperienced if they have between 1-5 years of experience in the classroom as full-time educator. Pennsylvania's 2015 plan identified inexperienced teachers as those with one or less years of teaching experience, but the federal Civil Rights Data…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Equal Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Distribution
Shaw-Amoah, Anna; Lapp, David – Research for Action, 2021
As Research for Action (RFA) found in 2018 (see ED593694), Pennsylvania schools have a history of under-identifying students experiencing homelessness, denying likely hundreds of students the educational rights afforded by federal law each year. Now the state, along with the whole nation, is facing multiple crises as a result of the COVID-19…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Federal Legislation, Public Schools, Identification
Shaw-Amoah, Anna; Lapp, David – Research for Action, 2020
Pennsylvania's students consistently score above the national average on overall student achievement. However, the state's achievement gaps between White students and Black and Hispanic students are consistently among the worst in the country, even when controlling for gaps in family income, poverty, unemployment, and parental educational…
Descriptors: High Schools, Access to Education, Equal Education, African American Students
Fontana, Jason; Kim, Dae; Lapp, David – Research for Action, 2020
The United States is plagued by large disparities in life outcomes between racial and ethnic groups. Researchers have documented how gaps in outcomes are related to gaps in access to opportunity, both in education and otherwise. Yet, as documented in this report, too often state policymakers still fail to provide equitable learning opportunities…
Descriptors: Equal Education, High School Students, Civil Rights, Data Collection
Pierce, Jill C.; Supovitz, Jonathan A. – Research for Action, 2020
In partnership with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, RFA has been studying Philadelphia schools' take-up of an instructional reform that has demonstrated positive impacts on teacher knowledge and student learning in math. The Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) is designed to deepen teachers' understanding of foundational concepts in…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Outcomes of Education, Mathematics Achievement, Student Evaluation
Callahan, M. Kate; Meehan, Kasey; Hagood, Shanell – Research for Action, 2020
Statewide College Promise programs have the potential to broadly increase affordability, access, and success for students pursuing a postsecondary credential. Statewide College Promise programs also generate controversy because they encompass critical decisions about how a large proportion of state financial aid dollars are spent, and on whom.…
Descriptors: State Programs, Access to Education, Higher Education, Paying for College
Meehan, Kasey; Kent, Daniel C. – Research for Action, 2020
Tennessee has gained national recognition for its comprehensive strategy to increase college attainment. This report describes the development and expansion of Tennessee's completion agenda through a set of related and interlocking policies designed to produce a statewide culture of college completion, as well as the evolution of Tennessee's…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, Educational Attainment, State Policy, Educational Policy
Turner, Alyn; Comly, Rachel; Ruemann-Moore, Rebecca; Rigsby, Matthew; Strouf, Kendra; Kapa, Ryan – Research for Action, 2020
RFA's three-year mixed methods evaluation of Children's Literacy Initiative's language and literacy supports found positive impacts despite higher-than-typical teacher turnover. In pre-K centers receiving CLI supports, teachers were more able to implement effective instructional practices and created richer classroom literacy environments, and…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Reading Skills, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
Eddins, Mary; Comly, Rachel; Lapp, David – Research for Action, 2020
In March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic caused schools to close for the remainder of the school year, all Pennsylvania school districts and charter schools were required to "make good faith efforts to implement continuity of education plans for the duration of the 2019-20 school year." RFA analyzed these plans for each of the 43…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Elementary Secondary Education
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