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Here you will find a wide range of research and reports  – as well as a variety of news sources – that don’t fit perfectly in one of the other Research/Issues topics. Posting here does not indicate Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Entries go back to 2016.  Report broken links here.

Additional Resources
Mission: Readiness – Council for a Strong AmericaU.S. Department of Education – ED PUBS

“Hot News” Sources

Here are several education news sources that bring you daily/weekly information. Several offer newsletters:

ASCD Smartbrief – Daily, weekdays
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Georgia School News – Periodic compilation of headline stories
Education Commission of the States – Daily, weekdays
Education Dive: K-12 – Daily, weekdays
Education Dive: Higher Ed – Daily, weekdays
eSchool News and eSchool News Today  – Daily, weekdays
Georgia School Boards Association – Daily Georgia education headlines
Georgia Trend Magazine – Focuses on business and political news but often has education stories. Daily, weekdays
Hechinger Report – Weekly
Hechinger Report – The Future of Learning – Weekly
Politico Education – Daily, weekdays
Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Education Gadfly – Weekly
U.S. Department of Education – Every two weeks


State of STEM – Good News for C Students and English Majors, Tech Jobs are for You, Too

To address the shortfall of tech and science workers in the U.S., employers and educators should broaden their definition of who can excel in those fields — extending it to liberal arts majors and students who get mediocre grades in math and science. (June 8) Related: Survey – Boys’ Interest in STEM Careers Declining; Girls’ Interest Unchanged (June 11)

Self-Discipline and Catholic Schools – Evidence from Two National Cohorts
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Regardless of where you stand on the debate currently raging over school discipline, one thing seems certain: Self-discipline is far better than the externally imposed kind. We wanted to know whether students in Catholic school actually exhibit more self-discipline than their peers—and if so, what those schools can teach other public and private schools about how it can be fostered. Introduction. (May 31)

Heat and Learning
National Bureau of Economic Research

This study shows that after a particularly hot year of school, high schoolers performed worse on the PSAT, an exam taken to prepare for the SAT and determine winners of the National Merit Scholarship. Related story. (May 30)

Preparing Educators and School Leaders for Effective Arts Integration
Education Commission of the States

This report explores successful practices for arts integration, with a focus on educator and school leader professional development, and provides an overview of research that highlights the impact of instructor preparation and professional development on student outcomes. (May 8)

Reducing student absences at scale by targeting parents’ misbeliefs
Nature Human Behavior

Abstract:  Families can drastically underestimate how often their children miss school. When researchers asked parents whose kids clocked nearly 18 absences in one school year how many days they thought their child had missed, they thought it was more like 10. Related story. (May 8)


Special Report: The New Schoolhouse: Building Facilities That Work
Education Week

This report looks at the intricacies of the school house, funding it and building it in a way that it provides the best possible learning environment. Introduction.(November 29)

50-State Comparison: K-12 Governance Structures
Education Commission of the States

State education governance is the practice of coordinating institutions, processes, and norms to guide collective decision-making and understanding. (November 16)

Special Report: Personalized Learning: Vision vs Reality
Education Week

Turning the far-reaching vision of personalized learning from something crafted by state and district policymakers into actual improvements at the classroom level will take a lot of hard work. (November 9)

A User’s Guide to the Four-Day School Week:  How to Assess District Readiness and Evaluate the Results

The move to a four-day school week started out as a cost saving measure for small and rural districts but has spread across the country.  But it is a complex composition. Introduction. (October 26)

Later School Start Times in the U.S. – An Economic Analysis
Rand Corporation

Numerous studies have shown later school times are associated with improved student outcomes, including improvements in academic results, mental and physical health, and public safety. Related story. Differing opinion. (September 6)

Parents Value, Trust, Rely on Education Data
Data Quality Campaign

This national poll sheds light on what parents think about education data and how they use it to the benefit of them and their children. (August 31)

49th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
Phi Delta Kappan

Academic achievement isn’t the only mission… Americans overwhelming support investments in career preparation and personal skills.  Related story. Related story. (August 29)

The Promise of the State-Federal Partnership On Workforce Development and Training
National Governor’s Association

This report urges the federal government’s support for continuing work spurred by the 2014 passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – federal legislation aimed at streamlining public support for workforce development programs, including at the higher ed level. Related story. (August 16)

Can Female Mentors Patch the Leaky STEM Pipeline?
Christian Science Monitor

A two-year study found that 100 percent of female engineering students with female mentors stuck with the program, a surprising win for a field with an unusually high attrition rate. (June 14)

The State of Learning Disabilities
National Center for Disabilities

Learning and attention issues are more common than many people think, affecting 1 in 5 children. With supportive policies and increased awareness among parents, educators and communities, these students can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Related story. (May 22)

How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem Solving in Public Education
University of Washington – Center On Reinventing Public Education

State policy plays a critical role in determining whether and how well local education improvement strategies can be implemented.  Introduction. (April 11)

School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance
University of California

As detailed in this report, economists set out to determine whether healthier school lunches affect student achievement as measured by test scores. Related story. (March 23)

English Language Learners – How is Georgia Doing?
National Public Radio – Ed

About one out of every 10 public school students in the U.S. is learning to speak English.  They are called ELLs, English Language Learners. There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them in English and all the other subjects and skills they’ll need is one of the biggest challenges for public education today. Special series – Five Million Voices. (February 28)

Green Spaces and Cognitive Development in Primary School Children

This study, based on comprehensive characterization of outdoor surrounding greenness (at home, school, and during commuting) and repeated computerized cognitive tests in schoolchildren, found an improvement in cognitive development associated with surrounding greenness, particularly with greenness at schools. Abstract. Related story. (February 14)

Building a Data-Driven Education System in the United States
Center for Data Innovation

U.S. schools are largely failing to use data to transform and improve education, even though better use of data has the potential to significantly improve how educators teach children and how  administrators manage schools. Introduction.  Related article. (January 25)

Quality Counts Report
Education Week (January 4)

The 21st edition examines what states and districts are doing to make ready for the Every Student Succeeds Act’s implementation, and offers state-by-state grades for how the nation’s schools are faring on a range of educational measures.


Expanding Educational Opportunity in North Carolina
Public School Forum

This document brings renewed attention to issues that must be attacked with deep passion and unrelenting resolve.  We can certainly create public schools that prepare all students to succeed. Press release. (December 27)

What Kids Are Reading and How They Grow

This provides data-driven insights into student reading practice, nonfiction reading, and text complexity across the curriculum, in addition to lists of the books K12 kids are reading most. Related story. (November 21)

Special Report: Personalized Learning – The Next Generation
Education Week

The push to design teaching and learning around students’ distinctive academic needs, and even their personal interests, is no longer only happening in pockets of experimentation around the country. This trend has now entered the K-12 mainstream and its expansion is quickening. But there are challenges. (October 24)

Millennial Parents Support DIY Education Options
Connections Education

This independent survey of U.S. households, and about 1,200 adults, found that millennials are supportive of alternative approaches to education, with three-fourths of millennial parents (77 percent) saying a DIY approach to education, in which learners craft a path to graduation that best fits their needs, is a good idea. Introduction. Related story. (September 8)

No Time to Lose – How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State
National Conference of State Legislatures

What could – and should – the U.S do differently to improve its education system? This question drove a bi-partisan group of more than two-dozen lawmakers and legislative staffers on an 18-month journey to find out. Press release. Executive summaryRelated story. (August 9)

The Learning Landscape – A Broad View of the U.S. Public School System
Bellwether Education Partners

A robust document, it’s divided into six “chapters” on student achievement; accountability, standards, and assessment; school finance; teacher effectiveness; charter schools; and philanthropy in K–12 education. Review. (August 4)

Educating Students in Rural America
National Association of State School Boards of Education

This report offers recommendations for how state boards of education can address deficits, deploy existing assets, and enhance the capacity of rural areas to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers, and civic life. Introduction. Related story. (August 3)

Enrollment and Achievement in Ohio’s Virtual Schools
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This dives into one of the most promising—and contentious—issues in education today: virtual schools. What type of students choose them? Which online courses do students take? Do virtual schools lead to improved outcomes for kids? Introduction. Related story. (August 2)

Divided Lines – Gated School Districts

School districts completely surrounded by a single larger district often have vast disparities. Related story. (August 1)

The Paradox of Classroom Technology: Despite Proliferation and Access, Students Not Using Technology for Learning

Based on direct classroom observations of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states and 11 countries, this study found there are still relatively few classrooms in which the use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of a student’s school experience. Press release.Related story. (July 27)

Economic Playgrounds 2016 – Comparing the Lives of Children in G20 Countries
Save the Children

Although the United States has the world’s largest economy, it ranks ninth among 19 of the world’s wealthiest nations on child wellbeing.  Related story. (July 22)

‘Minds Were Forced Wide-Open’: Black Adolescents’ Identity Exploration in a Transformative Social Justice Class
Pennsylvania University

Abstract:  Theories imply that transformative teaching influences positive identity development, but empirical studies of this relationship are sparse. It is clear that good teaching can positively influence youth; however, it is less clear how good teachers influence positive identity outcomes in youth, and in particular Black youth. (There is a charge for the full study.) Related story. (July 20)

Spring 2015 Digital Devices Comparability Research Study

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop and desktop computers, presenting states and districts with a new challenge as they move to widespread online assessments. Related story. (July 20)

2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This annual report finds today’s youth — Generation Z — are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. What about Georgia. Introduction. Related article. (June 22)

Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools
U.S. Department of Education

This report is the first national data set on chronic absence — defined as missing 15 or more days of school a year. The numbers are striking: More than 6 million kids are missing during the school a year. Related stories: NPR and Christian Science Monitor. (June 13)

The Condition of Education 2016
National Center for Education Statistics

NCES has a mandate to report to Congress on the condition of education by June 1 of each year. The Condition of Education 2016 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. Introduction. Website. Related story. Related story.(May 31)

Several Stories on Assessment-Related Subjects

Data from a range of assessment types — formative, interim and summative — can help schools measure student growth over time. Such data also can create opportunities for differentiation and personalized learning. (May 24)

Do Students Show What They Know on Standardized Tests?
Bentley College

This study suggests students taking a test behave like you or me: They do better with a little incentive. Dollars and cents, that is. Related story. (May 23)

Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination
Government Accountability Office

The percentage of K-12 public schools in the United States with students who are poor and are mostly Black or Hispanic is growing and these schools share a number of challenging characteristics. Introduction. Related storyRelated story. (May 19)

How Quality Growth Data Can Maximize Student Success – The Case for Growth.  Why Measure Student Learning.

Data from a range of assessment types — formative, interim and summative — can help schools measure student growth over time. Such data also can create opportunities for differentiation and personalized learning. Special ASCD report on assessments. (May 17)

Testing the Casual Links Between School Climate, School Violence, and School Academic Performance
Education Researcher

One might reasonably assume that principals need to reduce violence and improve school culture before they can succeed in getting kids to learn more. But this new California study upends this conventional wisdom and finds the opposite. Related story. (May 16)

The Power of Data – Georgia’s Balancing Act:  Using, Protecting, and Legislating Student Data
National Association of State Boards of Education

Everyone can agree that data collection is a tool that serves states’ students, educators, and policymakers. But depending on where they sit, some see student data as a hammer and others as a flashlight. Included is an article by the Georgia Partnership’s Dana Rickman:  Georgia’s Balancing Act:  Using, Protecting, and Legislating Student Data. (May 10)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015
Institute for Education Sciences

Overall crime rates have fallen over the past decade on the nation’s college campuses, but the number of reported forcible sex crimes on campus has substantially increased, according to federal data released Wednesday. Introduction. Related story. (May 6)

Make Assessment Work for All Students – Multiple Measures Matter
Northwest Evaluation Association and Gallup

With the study results and the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), leaders and educators have an opportunity to rethink our assessment systems so that they work best for our students and teachers. Introduction.  Related story. (May 5)

Technology Addiction:  Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance
Common Sense

Over the past decade, society has witnessed massive changes in the way media and technology intersect with how we work and live. Devices are more mobile, functional, and seemingly indispensable. What are the human costs? Related story. (May 4)

State Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence: Issues in the Context of Safety
Education Commission of the States

Beyond federal requirements, the higher education community has approached the problem of campus sexual violence with a commitment to prevention. (May 3)

The State of the States 2016 – Arts Education State Policy Summary
Arts Education Partnership/Education Commission of the States

As of March, 27 states identify the arts as a core academic subject. And 49 states and the District of Columbia have adopted elementary and secondary standards for the arts. Related story. (April 21)

State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access
SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action

The report highlights the powerful impact of state leadership in driving critical policy decisions at the national and state level to support broadband networks, bandwidth capacity and home access for low-income families. Introduction.  Related story. (April 7)

How Well Are American Students Learning?
Brookings Institute

This report, pulls data from surveys conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to see how far Common Core recommendations have seeped into states’ instruction, comparing data from 2011 to 2015. Related story. (March 31)

School Organizational Contexts, Teacher Turnover, and Staff Achievement: Evidence from Panel Data
Research Alliance for New York City Schools

Move over, teacher quality. A new study on New York City schools could make school climate the next frontier in the ongoing quest to boost student learning. Related story. (March 31)

Hard Thinking on Soft Skills
Brookings Brief

The nation’s PK-12 education ecosystem is poised to embrace programs intended to enhance soft skills. Soft skills are generally defined by exclusion as personal qualities other than the formal knowledge transmitted by schools that affect student adjustment, i.e., the effort that students put into their work and their social skills. (March 30)

A Crisis in Civic Education
American Council of Trustees and Alumni

The Founders admonished that informed, engaged citizens would be the indispensable guardian of our liberty. ACTA’s surveys, however, administered over the past two decades, reveal that our schools—and especially our colleges and universities—have done a poor job of ensuring the civic literacy on which our nation depends.   Introduction. Related story. (March 21)

Constitutional Obligations for Public Education
Education Commission of the States

This 50-state review provides an informative overview of the constitutional language for each state and how the individual constitutions address public schools. (March 9)

Generating Opportunity & Prosperity – The Promise of Rural Education Collaboratives
Battelle for Kids

In 2015, Battelle for Kids partnered with Education Northwest to study 17 of the most promising rural education collaboratives across the country to learn how they are advancing equity, economic growth, and educational change for rural students and communities. Introduction.Related story. (February 2016)

Survey of the States – Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools 2016
Council on Economic Education

Every two years, CEE conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States. This edition shows that there has been slow growth in personal finance education in recent years and no improvement in economic education. Introduction.(February 2016)