Projects

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.

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.

How Do School Funding Formulas Work? 

In all but five states, statewide formulas control most school funding. But what are funding formulas, and how do they work? Take a look at the most common funding formulas states use and the ways school districts respond to these models.

How Has Education Funding Changed over Time?

Though education funding has generally increased in recent decades, states vary widely in how much they spend on education and how they distribute that funding. Explore where and how local, state, and federal education funding has changed over the past 20 years.

School Funding: Do Poor Kids Get Their Fair Share?

Research suggests increased spending on education can improve student outcomes, especially among low-income students. This means that targeted increases in funding could help narrow the achievement gap between poor and nonpoor students. But given the complexities of our school finance system, can policymakers actually direct funds to the students who need them most?

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.