Summer Learning in Pittsburgh: Exploring Programming Gaps and Opportunities

Summer Learning in Pittsburgh: Exploring Programming Gaps and Opportunities. RAND Corporation. Catherine H. Augustine, Lindsey E. Thompson. September 6, 2017

This report investigates summer program opportunities in Pittsburgh, focusing on free or low-cost programs that provide academic instruction for at least five weeks during the summer. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 16 pages, 1.86 MB].

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Meaningful Education in Times of Uncertainty: A Collection of Essays from the Center for Universal Education

Meaningful Education in Times of Uncertainty: A Collection of Essays from the Center for Universal Education. Brookings Institution. August 3, 2017

In March 2017 the Brookings Institution convened a meeting of top thought leaders in the fields of learning, innovation, and technology. The hosts asked them: how can we rapidly accelerate progress in education—not only to help marginalized communities catch up to where the privileged are today, but also to reach a more effective, holistic, and equitable education for every child in the world?

This collection of essays represents the outcome of those discussions. It addresses some of the most urgent and important issues of our time. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 158 pages, 2.84 MB].

Educational Differences in Employment at Older Ages

Educational Differences in Employment at Older Ages. Urban Institute. Richard W. Johnson, Claire Xiaozhi Wang. July 24, 2017

Working longer can significantly benefit older adults, improving their financial security and possibly their physical and emotional health. Older adults have been working more over the past two decades, but employment gains after age 65 have been concentrated among college graduates. Early retirement will likely create growing financial challenges for less-educated older adults, who risk falling further behind their better-educated peers. This chartbook shows how trends in various outcomes, including labor force participation, full-time employment, self-employment, and earnings, differ by education, age, and sex for older adults. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 76 pages, 1.02 MB].

Chronic Absenteeism: An Old Problem in Search of New Answers

Chronic Absenteeism: An Old Problem in Search of New Answers. Brookings Institution. Brian A. Jacob and Kelly Lovett. July 27, 2017

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Education identifies “chronic absenteeism” as a hidden educational crisis. In 2013-14, roughly 14 percent of students nationwide were chronically absent—defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days, excused or unexcused, which in most states would correspond to about 18 days of school missed each year. In some cities, that rate is considerably higher, with Detroit topping the list at 57.3 percent of students chronically absent. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The Price of Graduate and Professional School: How Much Students Pay

The Price of Graduate and Professional School: How Much Students Pay. Urban Institute. Sandy Baum, Patricia Steele. June 20, 2017

Graduate and professional school tuition prices vary not only by sector and degree type, but also by subject area. Subject and level of program, time to complete, and funding available to graduate students all influence the prices students pay. In addition, institutional aid covers much of the tuition for many research doctoral student. This brief examines how graduate degree prices have changed overtime and provides detailed information on published and net prices for graduate and professional degree students. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 20 pages, 1.98 MB].

How Progressive Is School Funding in the United States?

How Progressive Is School Funding in the United States? Brookings Institution. Matthew M. Chingos. June 15, 2017

Policymakers, advocates, and the public have long been concerned with inequities in funding levels between schools attended by students from low-income families and their more affluent peers. School funding has received increased attention in recent years as multiple high-quality studies have found that school funding reforms initiated by courts and state legislatures improved the outcomes of disadvantaged students, both in terms of academic achievement (test scores) and attainment (high school graduation and college enrollment). [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Education: Digital Digital Technology’s Role in Enabling Skills Development for a Connected World

Education: Digital Digital Technology’s Role in Enabling Skills Development for a Connected World. RAND Corporation. Axelle Devaux et al. July 3, 2017.

This Perspective explores the ways in which the growth of digital technology is impacting education and skills. The authors state that technology is not only more prevalent in people’s lives, but its growing use will affect schools’ curriculum, new digital skills in jobs, and the changing use of services. However, they point out that education establishments are not keeping up with the technology growth, that new skills will have to be learnt outside of only digital skills, and that digital technology could lead to increased social exclusion for different sections of our society. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 8 pages, 106.91 KB].