Projects

A Broader Measure of Student Achievement and Learning in Traditional Public High Schools

The REMIQS (Robust and Equitable Measures to Identify Quality Schools) project seeks to identify traditional public high schools that effectively serve students who have been historically underserved in the education system. It will define effectiveness by recognizing how students achieve along various success pathways and how schools support those successes. A joint effort between the Urban Institute, KnowledgeWorks’ Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, and multiple states, REMIQS will use state longitudinal data and other public data resources to identify authentic definitions of quality that go beyond test scores and graduation rates.

America’s Gradebook 

How well do states educate their students? This tool lets you compare student performance while controlling for different demographic factors to better understand how your state stacks up.

Charting Student Loan Repayment

The US Department of Education offers various income-driven loan repayment plans, each with different parameters that affect how long it will take borrowers to repay their loans and how much they will pay. As Congress faces reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, proposals to rethink income-based repayment abound. Use our tool to design your own income-driven repayment plan, and see how it compares with existing and proposed plans.

Diversifying the Classroom: Examining the Teacher Pipeline 

Why does the US teaching workforce remain predominantly white, even as the student body grows increasingly diverse? This interactive feature examines the stages of the teacher pipeline, demonstrating that teacher diversity gaps are constrained by limited f diversity among college graduates.

Education Data Portal

Despite increased data availability, education policy has historically been driven by personal experience and politics. We hope to change that by making education data from prekindergarten through 12th grade and higher education easier than ever to access through our new education data portal. Use our tool to combine data from several sources, look at trends, and draw deeper insights.

Financing Public Higher Education

College affordability and access are national issues, but students in different states face different circumstances. Enrollment, funding, and tuition in public colleges and universities vary widely across states, and have evolved with states’ economies and policy priorities. Our dashboard illustrates those differences and how they have changed over time.

Graduate and Professional Education

In this series of papers and blog posts, we delve into the details on graduate student enrollment, financing, outcomes, and debt to understand the distinct issues advanced degree seekers face. Examining students, institutions, and outcomes across degree, occupational, and demographic categories paints a nuanced picture of the payoffs of graduate and professional education.

Long-Term Effects of Private School Choice Programs

The number of private school choice programs, which allow students to use public funds to finance private school educations, has increased in recent years. In this collection of reports, we look at three private school choice programs to see whether participation in these programs affects the rates at which students attend and graduate from college.

Pell Grant Reform Simulator

Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act gives Congress the opportunity to modernize the Pell grant program, which makes college more affordable for low-income students. With this tool, users can simulate the effects of modifications to the Pell program to see how program costs and grant amounts would change and which students would be affected.

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

The Higher Education Act of 1965 was created to strengthen the country’s colleges and universities by increasing resources to educational institutions and financial assistance for students. Last reauthorized in 2008, a new reauthorization is overdue. This collection offers evidence-based policy solutions to guide the next reauthorization.

Student Transportation and Educational Access

Cities across the country have adopted school choice policies that allow students to attend schools outside their neighborhoods, providing low-income students more opportunities to attend high-quality schools. But for families without reliable transportation, these schools might be unrealistic options. In this series of reports on student transportation in five school choice—rich cities, we explore the complexities of transportation policy and how it can enable, rather than be a barrier to, equitable access to high-quality education.

A Study of Public Prekindergarten in the District of Columbia

The DC Prekindergarten Study offers the first independent look at DC public prekindergarten, a program that boasts the country’s highest preschool enrollment rate and serves a diverse group of 3- and 4-year-old students. Because the program uses a centralized admissions lottery, this study is also one of a small number of evaluations that seek to measure the effectiveness of preschool through randomized experiment.

Understanding College Affordability

Rising concerns over college tuition and student debt, combined with the widespread conviction that a degree is essential for a middle-class lifestyle, have led to a sense that college in the United States has become "unaffordable." But what does affordability actually mean? Explore affordability from all angles on our website.

Understanding School District Funding

Most school districts are funded through complex state funding formulas. The formulas are designed to provide equitable funding across districts but can give some districts unintentional advantages. Use our interactive simulators to learn about the most common funding models and examine models in four states.