Think Twice Weekly Report

APRIL 27, 2024 - MAY 3, 2024

The Think Twice Weekly Report compiles public education-related policy reports, research and articles of interest to policymakers, educators and stakeholders. This list is not exhaustive but is meant to highlight recent reports that may be used to support or undermine the work of our subscribers in supporting public schools. We encourage you to take a moment to scan these reports and determine if they may be used by policy makers to assist or erode your mission.




Policy Reports


Student Achievement

Source: Fordham Institute
Date: 4/30/2024
The Broken Pipeline: Advanced Education Policies at the Local Level

"In recent years, discussions about advanced and gifted education have revolved around expanding access, and last year's final report from the National Working Group on Advanced Education offered numerous recommendations for how schools and districts can make these programs work better, and for more students. But what policies and practices do districts actually have in place for their advanced learners?

 

To find out, the Fordham Institute's Adam Tyner surveyed school districts and charter networks about their approach to advanced education, including types of identification policies, comprehensiveness of advanced services, and the kinds of supports offered to teachers.

 

Overall, the state of advanced education in America's school districts is mediocre. Although a few best practices have been widely adopted, most districts neglect valuable policies that could expand access and improve student outcomes, resulting in a broken pipeline in advanced education."



Student Well-Being

Source: Bellwether
Date: 5/1/2024
Students Speak: A 2024 Snapshot of Youth Well-Being in the District of Columbia

"Young people need clear pathways to navigate from K-12 education into careers that align with their interests, strengths, and life goals. But they often lack the information, support, and access to choose and complete postsecondary pathways that are right for them.

 

The federal government can play an important role in bridging this gap, by providing guidance and funding to help states develop and support high-quality postsecondary pathways that provide the training, education, and credentials learners need. Delivering on this potential requires stronger, more cohesive, more equitable federal policies grounded in a clearer vision.

 

Bellwether's report, Finding a Way Forward: An Analysis of Federal Policy and Learner Pathways, provides an overview of the pathways landscape across the country, proposes a research-based vision for pathways participation, and elevates approaches to move federal policy forward on behalf of all learners"




Reports Reviewed


GLC seeks to ensure that policy briefs impacting education reform are based on sound, credible academic research. Below are reviews conducted with GLC support.



Review of The Reality of Switchers

Source: EdChoice
Reviewed by: Joshua Cowen, Michigan State University

A new report from the voucher-advocacy group EdChoice takes issue with the overwhelming evidence establishing that most users of vouchers under recent expansions of these policies have never attended public schools.

In his review of The Reality of Switchers, Michigan State University professor Joshua Cowen highlights the lack of credible research literature and the absence of an accepted methodology used by EdChoice to arrive at its conclusions.




What We're Reading


Research and articles that we want to highlight for subscribers as potential resources:



Which colleges offer child care for student-parents?

By: Sarah Butrymowicz & Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report

Search to learn more about childcare availability at colleges and universities nationwide. Enter an institution name to see if child care is available and how many students are over the age of 24.


Universities and colleges that need to fill seats start offering a helping hand to student-parents

By: Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report

Parents with children comprise a huge potential market for colleges and universities looking for ways to make up for the plummeting number of 18- to 24-year-olds and states' growing need for workers to fill jobs requiring a college education. Many of these parents already have some college credits. More than a third of the 40.4 million adults who have gone to college but never finished have children under age 18, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, or IWPR.


ESSER Success and Beyond: How Two Districts Rose to the Challenge and Are Preparing for What's Next

By: ERS

What can we learn from some of these districts that are seeing outsized improvements in academic growth since the pandemic? How did these districts use ESSER funds strategically to make "Do Now" investments, while "Building Toward" broader system transformation? And how are these districts planning to sustain the impact of their investments after ESSER ends?


Price of Opportunity

By: NEPC

What would it take to close the vast opportunity gaps blocking the success of public-school students in the United States? NEPC's costing-out study, called the "Price of Opportunity," seeks to identify and estimate the cost of the resources and programs required to achieve this ambitious goal. The study also considers the balance between educational, social, and economic policy systems needed to eliminate opportunity gaps.


In one giant classroom, four teachers manage 135 kids - and love it

By: Neal Morton, The Hechinger Report

Schools in Mesa, Arizona, piloted a team teaching model to combat declining enrollment and teacher shortages; now the approach is spreading