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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
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
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
Neild, Ruth Curran; Wilson, Sandra Jo; McClanahan, Wendy – Research for Action, 2019
This review summarizes virtually all available evidence on the effectiveness of specific afterschool programs, based on a comprehensive literature search and review of studies published in 2000 or later. The review is motivated, in part, by a growing emphasis on using rigorous assessment of program impacts to inform decision-making in education…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, After School Programs
Neild, Ruth Curran; Wilson, Sandra Jo; McClanahan, Wendy – Research for Action, 2019
This evidence guide provides detailed research summaries on the effectiveness of specific afterschool programs for improving outcomes for students in grades K-12. The purpose of the guide is to present information that education agencies, afterschool providers, and others can use as they make decisions about afterschool programming. The guide is a…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, After School Programs
Research for Action, 2019
Outcomes-based funding (OBF) has become an increasingly common tool for states seeking to improve student outcomes, and the inclusion of certificates in OBF policies has been subject to considerable scrutiny. But studying the effects of OBF on certificates is exceptionally challenging. Certificates vary greatly in length, type, and labor market…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Outcome Based Education, Certification, State Aid
Burkander, Kri; Callahan, Kate; Ballerini, Victoria; Hagood, Shanell – Research for Action, 2019
State-level postsecondary policymaking is daunting. Policymakers navigate through myriad fiscal, political, and ideological constraints and opportunities as they strive to address pressing state concerns or goals. While researchers and advocates may point to "perfect" policy models, in reality perfect policy does not exist. All…
Descriptors: State Programs, College Programs, State Policy, Equal Education
Duffy, Mark; Comly, Rachel – Research for Action, 2019
Recent momentum to develop a trauma-informed education system provides an important opportunity for Pennsylvania schools. About two out of every three school-age children are likely to experience at least one traumatic event, such as abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence, by age 17. The effects of traumatic stress can include negative impacts on…
Descriptors: Trauma, Student Needs, At Risk Students, Coping
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