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Weber, Mark – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
This study uses fiscal data reported by traditional public school districts between 2000 and 2017 to generate descriptive estimates of the relationship between the local market share of independent charter schools and the finances of host school districts in twenty-one states. The research questions for the study are as follows: (1) On average,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Finance
Fazlul, Ishtiaque; Koedel, Cory; Parsons, Eric; Qian, Cheng – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last spring, schools nationwide shut their doors and states cancelled annual standardized tests. Now federal and state policymakers are debating whether to cancel testing again in 2021. One factor they should consider is whether a two-year gap in testing will make it impossible to measure student-level…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
Davidson, Barbara; Woodward, Greg – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
In school districts and charter school networks nationwide, instructional leaders are developing plans to address the enormous challenges faced by their students, families, teachers, and staff over the past year. While different communities are resuming in-person learning at their own unique paces, all school leaders have their eyes on the same…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Student Needs, Acceleration (Education)
Goldstein, Michael; Paulle, Bowen – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
High-dosage tutoring is receiving a lot of buzz as a promising tool to address learning loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike vaccines, successful tutoring programs are challenging to scale with fidelity. In this paper, long-time educators Michael Goldstein and Bowen Paulle recommend: (1) Evaluating tutoring programs and measuring…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Instructional Effectiveness, Leadership, Educational Research
Carroll, Kathleen, Ed. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
In school districts and charter school networks nationwide, instructional leaders are developing plans to address the enormous challenges faced by their students, families, teachers, and staff over the past year. To help kick-start the planning process, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents "The Acceleration Imperative," an…
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Elementary School Students, COVID-19, Pandemics
Tyner, Adam – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
Whether a response to lackluster academic gains in our nation's schools or longstanding beliefs about the wider purposes of schooling, social and emotional learning (SEL) has gained a massive following in education circles. Further, the mental health challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have strengthened the demand that schools do more to…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health, Parent Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education
Stern, Jeremy A.; Brody, Alison E.; Gregory, José A.; Griffith, Stephen; Pulvers, Jonathan – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2021
This report evaluates the quality of the K-12 civics and U.S. History standards adopted by the fifty states and the District of Columbia as of May 1, 2021, based on their content, rigor, clarity, and organization. Reviews were conducted by a bipartisan team of veteran educators and subject-matter experts with deep knowledge of civics and U.S.…
Descriptors: State Standards, Civics, Citizenship Education, History Instruction
Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Scanlan, Andrew E. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
This report presents key findings from "Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement," by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Andrew E. Scanlan, and published by Princeton University Press in 2019. American education has long been plagued by excellence gaps among the young people who make it into the highest levels…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Achievement Gap, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
Gershenson, Seth – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
We know from previous survey research that teachers who hold high expectations for all of their students significantly increase the odds that those young people will go on to complete high school and college. One indicator of teachers' expectations is their approach to grading--specifically, whether they subject students to more or less rigorous…
Descriptors: Grading, Academic Achievement, Teacher Expectations of Students, Grade Inflation
Vanourek, Gregg – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
Last spring, the Covid-19 pandemic upended routines for over 56 million students and challenged more than 3.7 million teachers in over 130,000 schools nationwide to continue educating kids in an online format. This transition to "virtual learning" was understandably trying for all educators, schools, and districts, but some managed to do…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
Steinberg, Matthew P.; Yang, Haisheng – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
Study after study has found that new teachers tend to be less effective than educators with more experience. But despite having more junior staff, charter networks (referred to as CMOs) often outperform their district peers. So what's their secret? To find out, this study explores how teacher effectiveness varies and evolves across traditional and…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Charter Schools, Public Schools
Tyner, Adam; Kabourek, Sarah – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
Curriculum experts have long argued that adopting content-rich language arts curricula would help to remedy the knowledge deficit. Another approach is simply to devote more classroom time to subjects like science and social studies. It is an open question whether more time spent on such content-rich subjects in elementary school classrooms might…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Reading Comprehension, Children, Longitudinal Studies
Winters, John V. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
This study examines how the "college earnings premium" (CEP)--the difference in average earnings between workers with and without college education--varies across the United States. Specifically, it compares across cities, states, and rural areas the mean earnings of workers with bachelor's degrees to those with associate degrees, with…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Income, Education Work Relationship, Geographic Location
Friedberg, Solomon; Shanahan, Tim; Fennell, Francis; Fisher, Douglas; Howe, Roger – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
A decade ago, states across the nation adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in an effort to raise the academic bar for their students. This has provoked countless political battles since then--including an especially intense one in Florida. That fight culminated in Governor Ron DeSantis vowing to eliminate and replace the Common Core,…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Academic Achievement, Benchmarking, Academic Standards
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020
Over the past few decades, there have been federal and state investments in innovative education programs, policies, and tools. Many private organizations--both corporate and philanthropic--also have fueled the development and piloting of novel education ideas. Yet major gaps and challenges remain to develop and scale the impact of ground-breaking…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research and Development, Educational Innovation, Federal Government
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