Focus Areas

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Research consistently shows that teaching is the single most important school-based factor in a student’s academic growth.

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Postsecondary Access & Success

The college diploma has become essential to achieving stable employment and financial security.

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School Improvement & Redesign

The evaluation of new models, policies, and programs has the potential to inform and improve the future of education.

Featured Research Projects

Strategic Data Project (SDP)

Since 2008, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) has partnered with school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions.

Proving Ground

Proving Ground is a community of district and charter management organization leaders learning together about what’s working and what’s not in U.S. education. Its goal is to make evidence-gathering in education faster and cheaper, and to make analytical results more readily available and widespread in order to improve implementation, assess impact, and inform decision-making. 

Access to Opportunity

Access to Opportunity (A2O) is a partnership with the College Board aimed at measuring and improving secondary students’ access to rigorous high school coursework and enrollment in well-matched colleges, with a focus on the most disadvantaged students.

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