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 >
The Condition of Education 2021
National Center for Education Statistics, May 2021, 43 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 >
State of Black America
National Urban League, August 2020
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 >
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 >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2017, 228 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 >
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 >
Family Disadvantage and the Gender Gap in Behavioral and Educational Outcomes
Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, October 2015, 71 pp.
A look at the relationship between family environment, gender, and race and impacts on educational achievement and behavior outcomes. more info >
Measuring Up: Educational Improvement & Opportunity in 50 Cities
Center on Reinventing Public Education, October 2015, 55 pp.
This report provides a resource for understanding the state of urban public schools in the U.S. by measuring outcomes for all public schools (including both traditional district and charter schools) based on test scores and non-test indicators, in 50 mid- and large-sized cities. The report uses nine indicators to examine how well each city's schools are doing overall and how well they are doing for students from low-income households and students of color. 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 >
Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap?
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies, The Civil Rights Project, February 2015, 50 pp.
This report documents gross disparities in the use of out-of-school suspension experienced by students with disabilities and those from historically disadvantaged racial, ethnic, and gender subgroups. more info >
Discipline Disparities Series
Indiana University, March 2014
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 >
Mathematics Achievement Gaps Between Suburban Students and Their Rural and Urban Peers Increase Over Time
Carsey Institute, June 2012, 8 pp.
Examines whether school attendance in a rural, urban, or suburban community is related to math achievement and whether that changes over time. The brief also reviews achievement differences by region of the United States, racial and ethnic group, and family socioeconomic status. 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 >
Big ideas: Game-changers for Children
First Focus, September 2010, 150 pp.
In an effort to generate new and innovative ideas to improve child well-being in the United States, First Focus called upon policy thinkers to provide game-changing proposals designed to advance federal children's policy. 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 >