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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
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
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
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
Meehan, Kasey; Ballerini, Victoria; Hagood, Shanell – Research for Action, 2020
To support state efforts to close postsecondary attainment equity gaps for students of color, Research for Action (RFA) developed a framework that describes three drivers behind efforts to place racial equity at the center of postsecondary policymaking and practice: awareness, inclusion, and integration. The framework is adapted from Equity in the…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, Racial Bias
Research for Action, 2020
Concerns for student safety are a commonly cited reason for the presence of police in schools. But as the nation grapples with the appropriate roles and responsibilities of police more broadly, the time is right to shine a light on what we know about the effects of police in schools. This brief summarizes the research related to this question.…
Descriptors: Police, School Safety, Program Effectiveness, Crime Prevention
Research for Action, 2020
In this brief, Research for Action examines the prevalence of school policing in Pennsylvania schools. While data on police presence is limited, this brief is able to examine: (1) race/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in school police staffing and spending; (2) race/ethnic disparities in referrals to law enforcement and school-based arrests by…
Descriptors: Police, School Safety, Minority Group Students, Students with Disabilities
Research for Action, 2020
When schools in Pennsylvania and across the nation were suddenly shuttered in March due to COVID-19, teachers were faced with an enormous challenge: how to effectively teach and engage their students remotely when the vast majority had never done so before. In order to meet this challenge, teachers turned to an array of digital tools-such as Zoom,…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Surveys, School Closing, COVID-19
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
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