Big Ideas for Children
First Focus, December 2022, 191 pp.
Part of a series calling upon policy thinkers to provide fresh proposals designed to advance federal policy and improve the health, safety, and well-being of children. more info >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, October 2022, 33 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report. more info >
State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
The Condition of Education 2022
National Center for Education Statistics, May 2022, 46 pp.
Annual report that summarizes trends in education. Indicators include educational attainment, earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, families living in poverty, early childhood education participation, English language learners, children and youth with disabilities, and postsecondary enrollment. more info >
The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, December 2021, 86 pp.
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually. more info >
Are Achievement Gaps Related to Discipline Gaps? Evidence From National Data
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies, The Civil Rights Project, October 2019, 18 pp.
This study using national data finds evidence that districts with larger racial discipline gaps have larger racial achievement gaps, demonstrating that racial disparities in school discipline and academic achievement gaps are closely linked. more info >
Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development: The Future of Children Spring 2019
The Brookings Institution and Princeton University, March 2019, 270 pp.
Includes a variety of articles that look at how society can best support parents, beginning early in their children's lives, describing several ways that local communities have tried to provide such support by implementing new interventions, reforming existing systems of care, and improving the coordination and planning of services. more info >
Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics. more info >
Family Disadvantage and the Gender Gap in Behavioral and Educational Outcomes
Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, September 2017, 71 pp.
A look at the relationship between family environment, gender, and race and impacts on educational achievement and behavior outcomes. more info >
Youth Activity Engagement in Relation to Income and Metropolitan Status
Carsey Institute, May 2017, 6 pp.
Examines involvement in activities among youth ages 12–18 across income categories and metropolitan status, finding that access to extracurricular activities and employment is growing more unequal, and as a result lower-income youth may be increasingly disadvantaged compared to middle- and upper-income children. more info >
Mass Incarceration and Children’s Outcomes: Criminal Justice Policy is Education Policy
Economic Policy Institute, December 2016
As many as one in ten African American students has an incarcerated parent. This report reviews studies from many disciplines showing that parental incarceration leads to an array of cognitive and noncognitive outcomes known to affect children's performance in school, and suggests that the American criminal justice system contributes to the racial achievement gap. more info >
Educational Equity: What Does it Mean? How Do We Know When We Reach It?
Center for Public Education, January 2016, 10 pp.
This report provides a brief overview of educational equity and reviews data on students served by public schools. It then describes the areas in an equity agenda that research shows will have the greatest impact on student outcomes: funding, curriculum, teachers and discipline policies as a starting point for school system and community conversations. more info >
Course, Counselor, and Teacher Gaps: Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), June 2015, 17 pp.
This report analyzes the nation's 100 largest school districts and identifies major gaps in school resources and their impact on youth. more info >
Discipline Disparities Series
Indiana University, March 2014, 8 pp.
Series of research papers on disparities in the use of school discipline. They address policy, practice, and research summarizing the state of knowledge and offer evidence-based recommendations for reducing disparities. more info >
Early Reading Research Confirmed: A Research Update on the Importance of Third-Grade Reading
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2013, 15 pp.
This report supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contribute to racial disparities in literacy skills in America and how low achievement in reading impacts an individual’s future earning potential more info >
Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools
Brookings Institution, April 2012, 31 pp.
Looks at the relationship between housing market regulations and housing costs near high- and low-scoring schools. Presents data on the restrictiveness of zoning restrictions, economic segregation, housing cost gaps, and test score gaps for national metropolitan areas, including the Twin Cities. more info >
Helping At-Risk Students Succeed
American Psychological Association, February 2012, 2 pp.
Discusses a program model called "the enabling component" or "learning supports" that targets the psychosocial and educational barriers to student success. more info >
Breaking barriers 2: Plotting the path away from juvenile detention and toward academic success for school-age African American males
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, April 2011, 90 pp.
Summarizes the literature and analyzes survey responses from a spectrum of school-age black males to provide information and implications for policy and practice in the areas of reducing suspensions and disciplinary referrals, preventing delinquency, eliminating gang activity in schools, returning to school from juvenile detention, and reducing drug-related arrests. more info >
Using Early-Warning Data to Improve Graduation Rates: Closing Cracks in the Education System
Alliance for Excellent Education, August 2008, 14 pp.
This brief describes the use of early-warning data and describes examples of U.S. efforts to use this data to guide school interventions. more info >
Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more. more info >
ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research. more info >
What Works Clearinghouse
A collection of easily accessible databases and reports that provide reviews and information about the effectiveness of replicable educational programs, practices, and policies. more info >