Issues

Education and Poverty Research


Staying on Target for College: How Innovation Can Improve the Pipeline to Higher Education
Andrew P. Kelly, Taryn Hochleitner, and K.C. Deane, American Enterprise Institute, June 2014

The Strong Start for America’s Children Act: Summary
National Women's Law Center, May 2014

The Class of 2014
Heidi Shierholz, Alyssa Davis, and Will Kimball, Economic Policy Institute, May 2014

2014 Building a Grad Nation
Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education, April 2014

Earn to Learn: How States Can Reimagine and Reinvest in Work-Study to Help Low-Income Adults Pay for College, Enhance Their Academic Studies, and Prepare for Post-College Careers
Dave Altstadt, The Working Poor Families Project, April 2014

The Great Cost Shift Continues: State Higher Education Funding After the Recession
Robert Hiltonsmith and Tamara Draut, Dēmos, March 2014

Investing in Value, Sharing Risk
Miguel Palacios, Tonio DeSorrento, and Andrew P. Kelly, American Enterprise Institute,
February 2014


The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Pew Research Center, February 2014

Early Reading Proficiency in the United States
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, January 2014

More Graduates
Susan Scrivener and Michael J. Weiss, MDRC, December 2013

Education and the Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage
Florencia Torche, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, November 2013

Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality
Hannah Matthews, Taylor Robbins, Stephanie Schmit, and Sheila Smith, Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Center for Children in Poverty,
November 2013


Student Loans Are Widening the Wealth Gap: Time to Focus on Equity
William Elliott and Melinda Lewis, Assets and Education Initiative, University of Kansas,
November 2013


The School-Readiness Gap and Preschool Benefits for Children of Color
Farah Ahmad and Katie Hamm, Center for American Progress, November 2013

The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2013

High School Benchmarks 2013
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, October 2013

Uneven Ground: Examining Systemic Inequities that Block College Preparedness for African American Boys
Rhonda Bryant, Center for Law and Social Policy, October 2013

The Next Steps: Building a Reimagined System of Student Aid
Beth Akers, The Brookings Institution, October 2013

Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State: Expanding Early Education Initiatives with Funding from the Federal Tobacco Tax
National Women’s Law Center; Save the Children; MomsRising; Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; American Heart Association; American Lung Association; and the American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2013

Promoting College Match for Low-Income Students
D. Crystal Byndloss and Chera Reid , MDRC, September 2013

For Public Schools, Segregation Then, Segregation Since: Education and the Unfinished March
Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute, August 2013

Hunger in Our Schools: Teachers' Report 2013
Share Our Strength, August 2013

Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward
Educational Testing Service, July 2013

Building Expectations, Delivering Results: Asset-Based Financial Aid and the Future of Higher Education
Assets and Education Initiative, July 2013

Taking Charge: A State-Level Agenda for Higher Education Reform
Andrew P. Kelly and Daniel K. Lautzenheiser, American Enterprise Institute, July 2013

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Children’s Progress During Head Start 
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation and Mathematica Policy Research, June 2013

Informing Students about Their College Options: A Proposal for Broadening College Opportunities Project
Caroline M. Hoxby and Sarah Turner, The Brookings Institution, June 2013

Undermining Pell: How Colleges Compete for Wealthy Students and Leave the Low-Income Behind
Stephen Burd, New America Foundation, May 2013

Enhancing GED Instruction to Prepare Students for College and Careers
Joseph Broadus and Vanessa Martin, MDRC, May 2013

Time for Change: A New Federal Strategy to Prepare Disadvantaged Students for College
Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill, The Future of Children Journal, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution, Spring 2013

Rethinking Pell Grants
College Board, April 2013

10 Models for Student-Loan Repayment
Sarah Ayres, Center for American Progress, March 2013

The Economic Payoff for Closing College-Readiness and Completion
Joel Vargas, Jobs for the Future, March 2013

Improving College Readiness in the Age of the Common Core
MDRC, March 2013

Reforming Student Aid: How to Simplify Tax Aid and Use Performance Metrics to Improve College Choices and Completion
Patrick Reimherr, Tim Harmon, Julie Strawn and Vickie Choitz, Center for Law & Social Policy, February 2013

Overcoming the Poverty Challenge to Enable College and Career Readiness for All: The Crucial Role of Student Supports
Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, February 2013

Building a Grad Nation Report 2013: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, February 2013

Middle Childhood Success and Economic Mobility
J. Lawrence Aber, Kerry Searle Grannis, Stephanie Owen and Isabel V. Sawhill, The Brookings Institution, February 2013

The American Dream 2.0
HCM Strategists, January 2013

Repairing a Broken System: Fixing Federal Student Aid
Alliance for Excellent Education, January 2013

Cornerstones of Completion: State Policy Support for Accelerated, Structured Pathways to College Credentials and Transfer
Lara Couturier, Jobs for the Future, December 2012

Inseparable Imperatives: Equity in Education and the Future of the American Economy
Alliance for Excellent Education, November 2012

The Role of Language Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners
Alliance for Excellent Education, October 2012

The Student Debt Crisis
Anne Johnson, Tobin Van Ostern and Abraham White, Center for American Progress and Campus Progress, October 2012

The Role of Out-of-School Factors in the Literacy Problem
Jane Waldfogel, The Future of Children, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution, Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2012

Patterns of Literacy among U.S. Students
Sean F. Reardon, Rachel A. Valentino and Kenneth A. Shores, The Future of Children, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution, Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2012

The Future of Children: Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution, Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2012

Safety Net or Windfall? Examining Changes to Income-Based Repayment for Federal Student Loans
Jason Delisle and Alex Holt, New America Foundation, October 2012

A Record One-in-Five Households Now Owe Student Loan Debt
Richard Fry, Pew Research Center, September 2012

The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males
The Schott Foundation for Public Education, September 2012

Graduating to College: Three States Helping Adult Education Students Get a College Education
Tom Hilliard, The Working Poor Families Project, Summer 2012

Cracking the Credit Hour
Amy Laitinen, New America Foundation and Education Sector, September 2012

The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Matthew M. Chingos, The Brookings Institution, August 2012

The 2012 College Guide and Rankings
Washington Monthly, August 2012

Beginning Teachers Are More Common in Rural, High-Poverty, and Racially Diverse Schools
Douglas Gagnon and Marybeth J. Mattingly, Carsey Institute, July 2012

Going the Distance in Adult College Completion: Lessons from the Non-traditional No More Project
Patrick Lane, Demarée K. Michelau and Iris Palmer, Lumina Foundation and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, June 2012

A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students
Jenny Egan and Lara S. Kaufmann, National Women's Law Center, June 2012

What Can a Multifaceted Program Do for Community College Students? Early Results from an Evaluation of Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students
Susan Scrivener, Michael J. Weiss and Colleen Sommo with Hannah Fresques, MDRC, June 2012

Mathematics Achievement Gaps Between Suburban Students and Their Urban and Rural Peers Increase Over Time
Suzanne E. Graham and Lauren E. Provost , Carsey Institute, June 2012

Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession
Carl Van Horn, Cliff Zukin, Mark Szeltner and Charley Stone, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University, June 2012

Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Existing Public Investments in Early Childhood Education: Recommendations to Boost Program Outcomes and Efficiency
Donna Cooper and Kristina Costa, Center for American Progress, June 2012

Making Performance Funding Work for All
John Quinterno, The Working Poor Families Project, May 2012

The Class of 2012: Labor Market of Young Graduates Remains Grim
Heidi Shierholz, Natalie Sabadish and Hilary Wething, Economic Policy Institute, May 2012

Housing as a Platform for Improving Education Outcomes among Low-Income Children
Mary K. Cunningham and Graham MacDonald, Urban Institute, May 2012

Beyond the Debt-For-Diploma System: 10 Ways Student Debt Is Blocking the Economic Mobility of Young Americans
Jack Temple, Heather C. McGhee and Tamara Draut, Dēmos, April 2012

Housing Costs, Zoning and Access to High-Scoring Schools
Jonathan Rothwell, The Brookings Institution, April 2012

The Great Cost Shift: How Higher Education Cuts Undermine the Future Middle Class
John Quinterno, Dēmos, April 2012

The Best of Two Worlds: Lessons from a Community College-Community Organization Collaboration to Increase Student Success
Jobs for the Future and Youth Development Institute, March 2012

A Stronger Nation through Higher Education
Lumina Foundation, March 2012

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
Robert Balfanz, John M. Bridgeland, Mary Bruce and Joanna Hornig Fox, Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, March 2012

Overcoming Obstacles to College Attendance and Degree Completion: Toward a Pro-College Savings Agenda
Rachel Black and Mark Huelsman, New America Foundation, March 2012

Why Access Matters: The Community College Student Body
Christopher M. Mullin, American Association of Community Colleges, February 2012

Two Generations, One Future: Moving Parents and Children BeyondPoverty Together
Ascend at the Aspen Institute, February 2012

Ideas for Refining Children's Savings Account Proposals
William Elliott III, New America Foundation, January 2012

We Save, We Go to College
William Elliott III, New America Foundation, January 2012

Does Structural Inequality Begin with a Bank Account?
William Elliott III, New America Foundation, January 2012

Why Policymakers Should Care about Children’s Savings
William Elliott III, New America Foundation, January 2012

Opportunity Road: The Promise and Challenge of America’s Forgotten Youth
John Bridgeland and Jessica A. Milano, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and Peter D. Hart Research Associates, January 2012

Housing Wealth and Higher Education: Building a Foundation for Economic Mobility
Economic Mobility Project and The Pew Charitable Trusts, December 2011

Pathway to Recovery: Implementing a Back on Track through College Model
Adria Steinberg and Cheryl Almeida, Back on Track: Pathways Through Postsecondary and Jobs for the Future, November 2011

Creating Effective Education and Workforce Policies for Metropolitan Labor Markets in the United States
Harry J. Holzer, Institute for Research on Poverty, November 2011

A System Approach to Building a World Class Teaching Profession: The Role of Induction
Alliance for Excellent Education, October 2011

A Kindergarten to College (K2C): A First-in-the-Nation Initiative to Set All Kindergartners on the Path to College
Leigh Phillips, San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, and Anne Stuhldreher, New America Foundation, September 2011

Beds Not Buses: Housing vs. Transportation for Homeless Students
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, September 2011

Expanded Learning Opportunities: A More Comprehensive Approach to Preparing High School Students for College and a Career
Alliance for Excellent Education, August 2011

Promoting Educational Opportunity: The Pell Grant Program at Community Colleges
David S. Baime and Christopher M. Mullin, American Association of Community Colleges, July 2011

Conditional Cash Transfers and College Persistence: Evidence from a Randomized Need‐Based Grant Program
Sara Goldrick Rab, Douglas N. Harris, James Benson and Robert Kelchen, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
July 2011

The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color
John Michael Lee Jr. and Tafaya Ransom, College Board Advocacy and Policy Center,
June 2011

One Degree of Separation: How Young People Who Don’t Finish College See Their Chances for Success
Jean Johnson, Jon Rochkind and Amber Ott with Samantha DuPont and Jeremy Hess, Public Agenda, June 2011

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Childen's Learning
Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Catherine H. Augustine, Heather L. Schwartz, Susan J. Bodilly, Brian McInnis, Dahlia S. Lichter and Amanda Brown Cross,
Wallace Foundation and RAND Corporation, June 2011

Helping Students Get Back on Track: What Federal Policymakers Can Learn from New York City’s Multiple Pathways to Graduation Initiative
Alliance for Excellent Education, June 2011

Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students
Mamie Lynch, Jennifer Engle and Jose L. Cruz, The Education Trust, June 2011

Developing 20/20 Vision on the 2020 Degree Attainment Goal: The Threat of Income-Based Inequality in Education
The Pell Institute, May 2011

From GED to College Degree: Creating Pathways to Postsecondary Success for High School Dropouts
John Garvey, with Terry Grobe, Jobs for the Future, May 2011

A Profile of Young Workers (16–26) in Low-Income Families
Melinda M. Tamkins, James T. Bond, Kenneth Matos and Ellen Galinsky, Corporate Voices for Working Families, April 2011

Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
Donald J. Hernandez, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, April 2011

State Test Score Trends Through 2008-09, Part 3: Student Achievement at 8th Grade
Naomi Chudowsky and Victor Chudowsky, Center for Education Policy, April 2011

Unequal Pathways through American Universities
Fabian T. Pfeffer and Sara Goldrick-Rab, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2011

Funding Education Equitably: The “Comparability Provision” and the Move to Fair and Transparent School Budgeting Systems
Saba Bireda, Center for American Progress, March 2011

Unmarried Parents in College: Pathways to Success
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Kia Sorensen, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2011

Education in Chronically Poor Rural Areas Lags across Generations
Jessica D. Ulrich, Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, March 2011


Julie Margetta Morgan, Center for American Progress, March 2011

Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Thomas Brock, Genevieve Orr, Oscar Cerna, Dan Cullinan, Monica Reid Kerrigan, Davis Jenkins, Susan Gooden, and Kasey Martin,
MDRC, January 2011

Viany Orozco, Demos, January 2011

Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute, January 2011

Andrew P. Kelley and Mark Schneider, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, January 2011

Eric A. Hanushek, Focus, Institute for Research on Poverty, Winter 2011

Eric Hanushek, CALDER, Urban Institute, December 2010

Shakti Belway, Southern Poverty Law Center, December 2010

State Test Score Trends through 2008-09, Part 2: Slow and Uneven Progress in Narrowing Gaps
Nancy Kober, Naomi Chudowsky and Victor Chudowsky, Center on Education Policy, December 2010
Robert Balfanz, John M. Bridgeland, Laura A. Moore and Joanna Hornig Fox,
Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and America’s Promise Alliance, November 2010
Sandy Baum, Jennifer Ma and Kathleen Payea, College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, September 2010
Cheryl Almeida, Cecilia Le and Adria Steinberg, Jobs for the Future,  September 2010
Cheryl Almeida, Cecilia Le, and Adria Steinberg, with Roy Cervantes, Jobs for the Future,  September 2010
Thomas Brock, MDRC,National Poverty Center, August 2010
Mamie Lynch and Jennifer Engle,The Education Trust, August 2010
Mamie Lynch and Jennifer Engle,The Education Trust, August 2010
Elisabeth Barnett, Teachers College, Columbia University, and Liesa Stamm, Rutgers–Camden Center for Children and Childhood Studies, Blackboard Institute, June 2010
Education Week and Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center, June 2010
Tina J. Kauh, Public/Private Ventures, June 2010
Howard S. Bloom, Saskia Levy Thompson, and Rebecca Unterman with Corinne Herlihy and Collin F. Payne , MDRC, June 2010
Shannon Marsh and Paul Hill, Center on Reinventing Public Education, June 2010
Leila Fiester and Ralph Smith, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, May 2010
Dan Bloom and Ron Haskins, The Future of Children, May 2010
Daria Hall and Natasha Ushomirsky, The Education Trust, April 2010
John Kraman, Marie O'Hara and Abby Jackson, Achieve, March 2010
Alliance for Excellent Education, January 2010
J.B. Schramm and E. Kinney Zalesne, The Center for American Progress, December 2009
Public Agenda, December 2009
Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute and the Center for American Progress and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, November 2009
Mark Schneider, American Enterprise Institute, October 2009
Robert Stillwell, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, October 2009
Rebecca Glauber, The Rural School and Community Trust, October 2009
Tara N. Tucci, Alliance for Excellent Education, September 2009
Jobs for the Future, August 2009
Lessons and Tools from Leading CommunitiesJobs for the Future, July 2009
Robert Balfanz, Cheryl Almeida, Adria Steinberg, Janet Santos and Joanna Hornig Fox, Jobs for the Future, July 2009
L.M. Pinkus, ed., Alliance for Excellent Education, June 2009
ACT, 2009
Alliance for Excellent Education, August 2008
ACT, March 2007
Institute for Women's Policy Research, December 2010
John Schmitt and Heather Boushey, The Center for American Progress, December 2010
Thomas J. Hilliard, The Working Poor Families Project, December 2010
Mark Huelsman, New America Foundation, November 2010
Brian A. Sponsler, Gregory S. Kienzl, and Alexis J. Wesaw, Center for American Progress, October 2010
Algernon Austin, Economic Policy Institute, October 2010
Paulette Cha and Reshma Patel, MDRC, October 2010
Mark Schneider, American Institutes for Reseach, October 2010
Paul Taylor, Richard Fry, Gabriel Velasco and Daniel Dockterman, Pew Research Center, October 2010
Jeremy Offenstein and Nancy Shulock, Jobs for the Future, Achieving the Dream, Time to Completion and the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy, September 2010
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, September 2010
John Quinterno, The Working Poor Families Project, Summer 2010
Anthony P. Carnevale, Nicole Smith and Jeff Strohl, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, June 2010
Institute for Higher Education Policy, June 2010
Neil Ridley, Center for Law and Social Policy, June 2010
Allegra Baider, Vickie Choitz, Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Marcie W.M. Foster, Linda Harris, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Neil Ridley and Julie Strawn, Center for Law and Social Policy, May 2010
Alissa Gardenhire-Crooks, Herbert Collado, Kasey Martin, Alma Castro, Thomas Brock and Genevieve Orr MDRC, March 2010
Andrew P. Kelly, Mark Schneider and Kevin Carey, American Enterprise Institute, March 2010
John Quinterno, Working Poor Families Project, March 2010
Jennifer Wheary and Viany Orozco, Demos, February 2010
Jennifer Ramsey, Institute for Higher Education Policy, February 2010
Public Agenda, December 2009
National Center on Education and the Economy, Workforce Development Strategies Group, October 2009
Watson Scott Swail, Sarah Jaeschke and Christopher J. Rasmussen, Educational Policy Institute and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, October 2009
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Louis Jacobson and Christine Mokher, Economic Mobility Project, Pew Charitable Trusts, October 2009
Viany Orozco and Nancy K. Cauthen, Demos, October 2009
Susan Scrivener and Michael J. Weiss with Jedediah J. Teres, MDRC, August 2009
American Enterprise Institute, June 2009
Michael Lawrence Collins, Jobs for the Future, June 2009
Louis Soares,Center for American Progress, June 2009
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Douglas N. Harris, Christopher Mazzeo and Gregory Kienzl, The Brookings Institution, May 2009
Ron Haskins, Harry Holzer and Robert Lerman, Economic Mobility Project, Pew Charitable Trusts, May 2009
Hans Johnson and Ria Sengupta, Public Policy Institute of California, May 2009
Natalia Kolesnikova, The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, March 2009
Molly F. McIntosh and Cecilia Elena Rouse, Center for American Progress, February 2009
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Alan Berube, The Brookings Institution, February 2009
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Thomas Brock, Allen LeBlanc, Christina Paxson, Cecilia Elena Rouse, and Lisa Barrow MDRC, January 2009
Lois Dickson Rice and David Mundel, The Brookings Institution, December 2008