As national attention has increasingly focused on the potential for high-quality early childhood education (ECE) to improve children’s school readiness, states have developed quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) to document the quality of ECE programs, support systematic quality improvement, and provide clear information to families about their child care choices. This brief discusses quality improvement supports, including their prevalence in state and regional QRISs, and key considerations for their implementation.
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30 Sep 2015
This first brief in a series about income share agreements looks at the potential of ISAs to serve low-income undergraduate students by examining the underwriting criteria used to select ISA recipients, estimating the size of the ISA market given its current structure and funding providers, and estimating the number of students who might plausibly be offered an ISA in an expanded market.
22 Sep 2015
Effective preparation of Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators has a direct relationship to improved CTE student outcomes. This brief shares findings from a national survey and outlines the most-identified priority training topics overall for CTE educators and by categories of administrators and teachers.
18 Sep 2015
A growing number of states and districts are turning to competency-based education (CBE) as a strategy for enabling students to become college and career ready. This resource was produced to illustrate the various ways in which state education agencies can advance CBE initiatives.
10 Sep 2015
Created using data from School Composition and the Black-White Achievement Gap, this infographic addresses the question, "How does the racial composition of a school’s student body differ for the average Black or White student?"
10 Sep 2015
Created using data from School Composition and the Black-White Achievement Gap, this infographic addresses the question, "In which regions are the schools with a majority of Black students located?"
10 Sep 2015
Created using data from School Composition and the Black-White Achievement Gap, this infographic addresses the question, "Are most schools with a majority of Black students concentrated in cities, suburbs, towns, or rural areas?"
4 Sep 2015
Although the national employment rate for working age people with disabilities was 25 percent in 2013, that number varied widely by disability type, from a high of 45 percent for people with vision or hearing difficulties to a low of 14 percent for people with self-care difficulties. People with ambulatory and cognitive difficulties had employment rates of 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively. These differences remained similar even when educational attainment—a frequent job-barrier for people with disabilities—is factored in. This infographic compares labor market outcomes for people with disabilities, by type of disability.
31 Aug 2015
States and schools are shifting their focus to ensure college and career readiness is a realistic and attainable goal for all students. This brief provides an overview of competency-based education, one model to support college and career readiness for all.
10 Aug 2015
Deeper learning combines a deeper understanding of core academic content, the ability to apply that understanding to new situations, and a range of competencies related to human interaction and self-management. A recent study by AIR found that students in high schools that were part of networks associated with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Community of Practice performed better than similar students in comparison schools on a range of measures.