Resources from the Field

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March 2019 | Visual Arts Matter
Education Commission of the States

This resource explores how visual arts support students’ academic success both within and outside of school settings by cultivating learning skills, boosting academic achievement and enhancing the educational experience of traditionally underserved students.

February 2019 | 529 Education Savings Plans: Federal Action and State Policy Trends
Education Commission of the States

This policy brief provides a detailed look at 529 education savings plans including a breakdown of maximum annual dollar amounts and state tax deductions allowed, and more.

February 2019 | Developing Math Skills in Early Childhood
Mathematica Policy Research

This brief presents a new approach to support the development of early math skills in young children. The approach synthesizes the influence of parents, home environment, and children’s health care providers.

February 2019 | Digital Learning Strategies for Rural America: A scan of policy and practice in K–12 education
The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

This report provides insight into innovative learning environment and course design developed at the state- and school-level to support the unique needs of students attending, and communities that are home to more than half of the country’s school districts - those in rural America.

February 2019 | Outdoor School for All! Diverse Programming and Outcomes in Oregon
Gray Family Foundation

This report details the findings from a 2017/18 pilot study of students and teacher participation in outdoor school programs across Oregon. This is an ongoing collaborative project of the Outdoor School Program and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program.

February 2019 | Rural Students: Technoloy, Coursework, and Extracurricular Activities
ACT Center for Equity in Learning

High school students in rural parts of the U.S. face significant challenges accessing technology that may adversely affect their learning.

February 2019 | Trends in Pre-K Education Funding in 2017-18
Education Commission of the States

This policy brief begins by reviewing the educational and societal impacts of quality pre-K programs before revealing legislative changes to state pre-K funding in 2017-18. The brief highlights four states and breaks down total pre-K funding for all states, including year-over-year changes.

February 2019 | Working Together for Children and Families: Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
US Department of Health and Human Services

Findings from a national descriptive study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships reveal new information about how partnerships expand access to high quality, affordable care for infants and toddlers.

January 2019 | A Vision and Guidance for a Diverse and Learner-Ready Teacher Workforce
Council of Chief State School Officers

This report is a call to action, providing vision and guidance to ensure students have access to diverse and learner-ready teachers.

January 2019 | An Overview of Scholarship Tax Credit Programs
Education Commission of the States

This report takes a deep dive into one form of private school choice that has been receiving more attention in recent years.