This brief examines the 2004-to-2009 rate of persistence and attainment of postsecondary students who were seeking subbaccalaureate credentials in occupational fields of study.
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24 Oct 2016
High-quality early care and education (ECE) provides a critical foundation for young children’s success in school and in life. Yet, in the United States, fewer than two out of three preschool-age children are enrolled in center-based ECE programs. This brief highlights promising practices used in many European countries to ensure all children have access to ECE—practices which can inform similar efforts in the U.S.
19 May 2012
The recent increased attention to teacher evaluation has raised questions about the relationship between evaluation and student outcomes. This research and policy brief lays out an informal framework for using evaluation results to target professional growth opportunities for teachers within an aligned system of evaluation, leading to higher levels of teacher practice and student learning.
14 Sep 2016
This paper enters the debate about how U.S. schools might address long-standing disparities in educational and economic opportunities while improving the educational outcomes for all students. The aim is to spark fruitful discussion among educators, policymakers, and researchers.
6 Sep 2016
Income inequality is substantial for people 65 and over, but less pronounced than it would be without Social Security and Medicare. A new brief offers a look at what the distribution of financial resources would be like in their absence, and addresses how proposed changes should be analyzed.
15 Sep 2012
It is hard not to notice the persistent and often controversial discussions taking place in states and cities across the country around how to pay teachers—who should get what for how much and when. This brief begins with an overview of the total compensation package typical for teachers as well as a variety of definitions of indirect compensation. Following that is a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of offering indirect compensation as well as strategies for implementation, both taken from noneducation-based literature.
26 May 2015
Teachers’ access to professional learning supports varies widely across the world. According to the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), access to opportunities for collaboration, barriers to professional development, and sources of feedback look different in the United States when compared with other countries. In a three-part series, we explore these differences.
6 Jun 2016
Measuring the contribution that Medicare and Social Security make to seniors is central to the debate over entitlement reforms. Understanding the role that these programs play is essential to understanding the impacts of various reform proposals. This brief explores issues related to the question of whether or not we can afford Medicare.
6 Jun 2016
In the debate over Medicare’s future, one key question that’s nearly always at least implicit when reform comes up is who should pay. More specifically, how should the burden be split between taxpayers and beneficiaries? This brief examines how the burden is distributed and will shift over time.
6 Jun 2016
A major justification for reforms to reduce Medicare benefits surrounds the claim that the program will be unaffordable in the future and will overburden taxpayers. But many such arguments aren’t based on facts or more than minimal amounts of analysis of these claims. This brief takes a comprehensive look at the likely levels of burden that Medicare will impose on taxpayers in relation to their projected ability to afford them.