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Politics Threaten Efforts to Improve K-12 Education

article icon Issue Brief Over the past year, the Common Core State Standards have become increasingly contentious. But research shows support for the Common Core’s principles remains high.

By Max Marchitello | Friday, September 26, 2014

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The Cognitive Science Behind the Common Core

book_alt2 icon Report The cognitive science that provides the basis for the Common Core State Standards will lead to improved student learning.

By Max Marchitello and Megan Wilhelm | Friday, September 26, 2014

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Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry Incomes

article icon Issue Brief Low pay prevents talented and experienced teachers from living a middle-class life.

By Ulrich Boser and Chelsea Straus | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Return on Educational Investment: 2014

book_alt2 icon Report A look at school district bang for the buck.

By Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way

book_alt2 icon Report We need to address inequity in state aid to school districts in order to help fiscally disadvantaged districts reach a level playing field.​

By Bruce D. Baker | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ivan Silverberg teaches his American Studies class.

Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

article icon Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.

By Robert Hanna and Bo Morris III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal Productivity

To ensure successful outcomes for all students, our nation must do more to improve the fair and productive use of school dollars.

By Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Professional Support for Principals Is Essential for Strong Teacher-Evaluation Systems

New data show that 95 percent of principals believe they have a major influence on teacher evaluation, yet they do not receive the professional support they need to take on new responsibilities related to teacher evaluation.

By Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, July 1, 2014


The Changing Role of the Principal

book_alt2 icon Report A series of case studies sheds light on the changing landscape of school leadership and principal professional development.

By Lee Alvoid and Watt Lesley Black Jr. | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fourth grade teacher Chevonne Dixon teaches class

Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools

book_alt2 icon Report Through targeted reform efforts, states, districts, and school leaders—as well as policymakers and communities of color—can improve the retention rates and effectiveness of teachers of color.

By Glenda L. Partee | Saturday, June 28, 2014

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For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity

article icon Fact Sheet The Common Core State Standards represent an important step toward closing achievement gaps and opening the door to higher-paying science, technology, engineering, and math jobs for millions of low-income girls and girls of color.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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