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Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
For far too long, the United States has neglected and wasted an enormous amount of human potential--much of it among groups that have never been given the opportunities they deserve. We're talking about bright students, advanced learners, striving pupils, and those with high but untapped potential--especially those who are Black, Hispanic, Native…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Advanced Courses, Human Capital, Talent Development
Griffith, David – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
Opponents of public charter schools frequently contend that they drain resources from traditional public schools--a potentially serious charge. But of course, it makes sense that traditional school districts get less money when they enroll fewer students. So from a policymaking perspective, the real question is whether districts' financial…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Resources, Resource Allocation
Carlson, Deven – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
Thanks to rapid increases in the state's Hispanic and Asian populations, the number of Texas students classified as English Learners has surged in the past decade, from approximately 830,000 in 2010 to more than 1.1 million today. In the charter sector, change has been even more rapid. In 2010, 16 percent of charter students in Texas were…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Academic Achievement
Tyner, Adam – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
The SAT and ACT have held a controversial place in American education for generations. The conventional wisdom has come to suggest that these college entrance tests are harmful to educational equity because they discriminate against students from low-income families and other students whose backgrounds may put them at a disadvantage, such as…
Descriptors: Barriers, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, College Admission
Meredith Coffey; Adam Tyner – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
"Excellence gaps" are the disparities in advanced academic performance that exist between student groups. These gaps have important implications for both academic equity and American economic competitiveness, as the most lucrative jobs often go to those who perform at the highest levels. Although considerable work has evaluated how and…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Ethnicity, National Competency Tests
Umut Özek; Louis T. Mariano – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
For many years, the conventional wisdom in the field was that grade retention was a bad idea. A 1997 opinion piece in "Education Week" titled "Grade retention doesn't work" reflected the prevailing sentiment in the education community and the available research evidence at that time: retained students performed worse than their…
Descriptors: Grade Repetition, Program Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness, Student Needs
Adam Tyner – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
Historically, many American students from poor families have been trapped in sorely underfunded public schools. The conventional wisdom suggests that school funding remains unequal across low- and high-income schools and that equal funding equates to equitable resources for students. This brief challenges the notion that economically disadvantaged…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Low Income Students
Aaron Churchill – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2023
For two decades, Ohio's district and school report cards have been the linchpin to a transparent and accountable public school system and have highlighted student outcomes in the state's 3,000 plus public schools and 600 plus districts. Report cards offer key academic information about how students perform on the year's state assessments and how…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Achievement Rating, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship
Griffith, David – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
This study builds on a 2019 Fordham Institute report that examined the relationship between charter school enrollment share--the share of students in a community who enroll in a charter school--and the average achievement of all the students in that community, including those in traditional public schools. Like its predecessor, this report seeks…
Descriptors: Correlation, Charter Schools, Enrollment Trends, Metropolitan Areas
Liu, Jing – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
Because the pandemic exacerbated chronic absenteeism in many parts of the country, the need to understand how schools can improve student attendance has never been greater. Accordingly, this study breaks new ground by examining high schools' contributions to attendance after accounting for individual students' prior absenteeism and other…
Descriptors: Attendance, Evaluation Methods, Pandemics, COVID-19
Lavertu, Stéphane; Tran, Long – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
After a tumultuous reception, the Biden administration's regulations for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) were finalized in July. Although the Administration backpedaled partway on issues related to community demand and racial integration, its final rules cracked down on so-called "for-profit charters," in line with the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Proprietary Schools, Educational Legislation, Educational Administration
Giani, Matt – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
Conferred by businesses, industry groups, and state certifying entities, industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) are intended to signal that students have mastered specific workplace knowledge and skills. This first-of-its-kind study assesses the impact of specific IRCs earned in high school on various employment and postsecondary outcomes for…
Descriptors: High School Students, High School Graduates, Industry, Labor Force Development
Churchill, Aaron – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
Ohio policymakers have consistently voiced support for rigorous education standards and ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed after high school. State leaders have a duty to step in when schools are falling far short of performance standards. Students receiving a substandard education are more likely to…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, Underachievement
Gershenson, Seth – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
Now that the most acute phase of the COVID-19 crisis is over, public conversation has turned to the millions of students who are still struggling academically and emotionally--and how the nation's schools ought to respond. Decisions that education leaders make right now will determine whether this generation of students recovers or continues to…
Descriptors: School Districts, Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, Mental Health
Lavertu, Stéphane; Gregg, John J. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2022
School options have increased in Ohio and across the nation in recent decades. One prominent option is publicly funded scholarships (or "vouchers") that families can use to send their children to participating private schools. Today, over 75,000 Ohio students participate in one of the state's five voucher programs, the largest of which…
Descriptors: School Districts, School Choice, Educational Vouchers, Private Schools
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