This brief highlights findings from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) in an effort to obtain a clear understanding of the ability of adults to undertake digital problem solving. This brief uses data gathered from a sample of 5,000 adults across different socio-demographic groups in the United States and compares it to international averages from 19 other countries to answer three specific study questions.
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30 Apr 2018
This brief presents a review of research and current state practices as they relate to measures that Iowa might consider for its federal accountability indicator of school quality or student success—specifically, for inclusion within a composite index of postsecondary readiness.
17 Apr 2018
This infographic illuminates the disposable and discretionary income of people with disabilities compared with other similarly sized market segments, such as African Americans and Hispanics.
11 Apr 2018
Who enrolls in postsecondary competency-based education? Using data from programs in the CBE Student Outcomes Research Collaborative, we explore the demographic characteristics of postsecondary CBE students.
21 Mar 2018
Having a more effective teacher or principal can substantially improve students’ academic outcomes. This brief examines the effects of using research-based performance measures to evaluate educators and provide them with feedback, and of offering them bonuses based on their performance ratings.
31 Jan 2018
School climate and social and emotional learning (SEL) have often been treated separately by researchers and practitioners, but both are necessary to build healthy schools. This brief reviews research on how positive school climates support SEL and how improved SEL contributes to improved school climate in elementary and secondary schools.
1 Dec 2017
Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show annual HIV infections decreased nearly 20% from 2008 to 2014, to 37,600—in large part due to increased testing and treatment. As part of CDC's Act Against AIDS initiative, HIV Treatment Works is a national social marketing campaign encouraging people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and adhere to treatment.
21 Nov 2017
The Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system was designed to provide career pathways and compensation structures to attract, retain and reward effective teachers; to promote continuous improvement in Iowa’s teaching workforce; and to increase student academic achievement. This report updates the Year 1 implementation and outcome findings based on 2015–16 data.
8 Nov 2017
Initial Pay for Success (PFS) projects emphasized the selection of provider organizations with sufficient expertise and experience as well as an administrative capacity to support scale-up of adopted interventions. A number of questions emerge about readiness in PFS, which we begin to address in this brief.
26 Sep 2017
Higher levels of educational attainment are associated with outcomes such as full-time employment and higher pay for young adults. However, college attainment, student persistence through college, and borrowing varies by generation status. This brief examines background and educational characteristics, plans for college, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary completion patterns of first-generation college students and their peers whose parents have college degrees.