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Duffy, Mark; Hartmann, Tracey – Research for Action, 2023
Prior to the pandemic, a survey of Pennsylvania parents found that for every child that was enrolled in an afterschool program, four more would participate if more programs were available. The pandemic has only emphasized the need for out-of-school time (OST) programs as students across Pennsylvania and the country cope with learning loss and…
Descriptors: State Aid, Educational Finance, After School Programs, Investment
Hartmann, Tracey; McClanahan, Wendy; Pierce, Jill – Research for Action, 2023
Youth benefit from involvement in the arts. At the same time, youth from families with low incomes are about half as likely to have access to arts instruction as youth from families with more resources, due to cuts in arts education which disproportionally affect schools in under-resourced communities that have been economically and socially…
Descriptors: Art Education, After School Programs, Program Implementation, Educational Quality
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Mark Duffy; Kri Burkander – Research for Action, 2023
Drawing on qualitative data collected in a sample of colleges as part of a larger study on the implementation and impact of AB 705 in California, this paper explores the rollout of corequisite reforms, focusing on the use of embedded tutors in introductory math and English courses as a strategy to meet to the needs of students. This paper…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Community Colleges, Educational Policy, Required Courses
Siettah Parks; Kevin Burgess; Leana Cabral; Mary Eddins; Alita Robinson – Research for Action, 2023
Research for Action (RFA) studied why Black teachers were leaving their jobs more than White teachers in Allegheny County from 2014 to 2020. RFA analyses found that the number of Black teachers in the area was consistently dropping, more than the decrease in the overall Black population. The data gathered from speaking directly with 38 current and…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, African American Teachers, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes
Alyn Turner; Jill Pierce; Kendall LaParo – Research for Action, 2023
This report presents the details of a year-long study conducted by Research for Action of the impact and implementation of the Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI) Pre-K Intervention. Thirty-five district-operated and community-based Pre-K programs from Broward County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County were enrolled…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Literacy, Early Intervention, Preschool Teachers
Freeman, Justis; Bamat, David – Research for Action, 2022
This brief presents findings describing how Pennsylvania compares to other states in providing its students with access to educational opportunity. Following a more detailed discussion of the indicators used to define educational opportunity, Pennsylvania's rankings on overall access are first examined and then how Pennsylvania compares to other…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Access to Education
Cabral, Leana; Mawhinney, Lynnette; Pierce, Jill; Hachenburg, Carmina – Research for Action, 2022
With support from the William Penn Foundation, RFA sought to further examine and understand Black teacher attrition and retention in Philadelphia, and promising strategies and initiatives that can promote the retention of Black teachers in the city and elsewhere. In totality, the project includes qualitative research that centers the perspectives…
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Experience
Duffy, Mark; Eddins, Mary – Research for Action, 2022
Personalized, competency-based learning efforts often take place in a single classroom or school, but not systematically across districts, let alone states. To address this dynamic and increase the scale of personalized, competency-based learning, KnowledgeWorks, an independent nonprofit organization that partners with education stakeholders to…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Competency Based Education, State Programs, Program Implementation
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
Shaw-Amoah, Anna; Lapp, David – Research for Action, 2022
Research for Action's "Educational Opportunity Dashboard" is an interactive on-line tool to synthesize data and rank all 50 states by how well they provide students access to schools that offer 14 indicators of educational opportunity from the federal Civil Rights Data Collection. On the Dashboard the indicators are compiled into an…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Access to Education, Equal Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Lapp, David; Eddins, Mary – Research for Action, 2022
Pennsylvania has "the highest cyber charter school enrollment in the country" with student enrollment soaring in 2020-21 due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts paid over $1 billion in tuition for students enrolled in Pennsylvania's 14 cyber charter schools in 2020-21, a $335 million increase over the prior…
Descriptors: Virtual Schools, Charter Schools, School Expansion, COVID-19
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
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
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