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 >
The Condition of Education 2019
National Center for Education Statistics, May 2019, 396 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 >
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 >
Boosting College Success Among Men of Color: Promising Approaches and Next Steps
MDRC, December 2016, 12 pp.
This brief catalogues strategies commonly used in interventions at post-secondary educational institutions aimed at improving outcomes for male students of color and charts the way forward for future evaluative work. more info >
The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations
Brookings Institute, August 2014
Data on foreign students in the United States and their impact on the local economy. more info >
America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being. more info >
The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Pew Research Center, February 2014, 65 pp.
Presents results from a survey and study comparing college graduates to those with less education. The study found that young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education on a number of economic and career attainment measures. more info >
Predictors of Postsecondary Success
College and Career Readiness and Success Center, November 2013, 16 pp.
Identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success. more info >
Beyond Completion: Enabling Governors to Evaluate the Outcomes of Postsecondary Education
National Governors Association, September 2013, 8 pp.
Suggestions for more advanced measures to use when evaluating a state's postsecondary education system. more info >
What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? The Mathematics and English Literacy Required of First Year Community College Students
National Center on Education and the Economy, May 2013, 24 pp.
A study of the English and math required for success in the first year of community college. more info >
Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America's Youth
Youth Transition Funders Group, April 2013, 16 pp.
This paper introduces the concept of "eduployment," a term recognizing learning and work are inextricably linked and opportunity policies for youth must prepare young people for postsecondary success, rather than the outmoded college or career. more info >
Midwestern Higher Education Compact: Annual Report to the Member States, 2015-2016
Midwest Higher Education Compact, January 2013, 52 pp.
Annual report including performance indicators for postsecondary education in Minnesota, North Dakota, and other midwestern states. Includes data on rates of enrollment, degree completion, and state investments in postsecondary education. more info >
Improving College Readiness: Perspectives for Research, Policy, and Practice
Midwestern Higher Education Compact, June 2012, 60 pp.
Presents information on the core dimensions of college readiness: academic preparation, financial literacy, and non-cognitive variables. Information was compiled from the proceedings of a policy summit and a scan of research. more info >
Advancing Student Success in the California Community Colleges
California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force, January 2012, 77 pp.
An example of a plan to advance student success in community colleges. Recommendations address college and career readiness, support for entering students, incentivizing successful student behaviors, course offerings, basic skills students, professional development, and leadership and coordination among colleges. more info >
Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence. more info >
College Access Challenge Grant Program
Western Interstate Commisssion for Higher Education, February 2011, 8 pp.
The College Access Challenge Grant Program is a federal program aimed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This issue of Western Policy Exchanges highlights a few state projects and presents lessons learned. more info >
What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
Child Trends, March 2010, 15 pp.
Identifies intervention strategies that promote the positive development of older youth. more info >
Strengthening Community Colleges' Influence on Economic Mobility
Economic Mobility Project, October 2009, 43 pp.
This paper examines the role community colleges play in enhancing the upward mobility of their students. The study looks at the various pathways through which students can increase their earnings, including transferring to a four-year college and completing an associate degree or certificate in a range of high-return fields. more info >
Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education. 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 >