Resources from the Field

The views reflected in these publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Grantmakers for Education.

March 2021 | Tough Test: The Nation's Troubled Early Learning Assessment Landscape
March 1, 2021

At a time when the nation is investing significantly more resources into early learning, policymakers have scant information on whether these investments are paying off because of a dearth of dependable information about how much students are learning and developing from preschool through grade 2.

February 2021 | Building the Advocacy Infrastructure to Win Equity Victories for Children and Families

Advancing a strong equity agenda for this country’s children and families, especially for people of color, will always require a strong infrastructure to press for the solutions that communities need to thrive.

February 2021 | Child Care in Rural Oregon: Bold Approaches to Address Systemic Inequity and Rebuild Child Care
The Ford Family Foundation

This issue brief investigates the economic impact of state policies that affect rural children and their families. It also reviews the challenges of operating a financially viable child care business in rural Oregon.

February 2021 | Glossary of Student Mental Wellness Concepts
Education Commission of the States

This Policy Outline defines several common terms related to child development, student mental health and wellness, and school-based health services. Understanding these terms, which are distinct but connect in various ways, is critical to the policymaking process.

February 2021 | New Evidence for Safely Reopening K-12 Schools: Testing Can Reduce Infections and Increase Confidence
Mathematica and RAND Corporation

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, policymakers and school district leaders are seeking new evidence about how to reopen schools in a way that minimizes the risk of outbreaks.

February 2021 | Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College

Despite the promise of text-based messaging as a behavioral nudge strategy, a new study illustrates the limitations of this approach in helping low-income and first-generation students enroll and persist in college.

January 2021 | Accurate Student Poverty Data Is Crucial to Supporting All Students
Data Quality Campaign

Students from low-income families face unique disadvantages, which often cause them to lag behind their peers from higher-income families.

January 2021 | Glossary of K-12 Education Funding
Education Commission of the States

This Policy Outline defines key K-12 education funding terms and outlines the various ways that states distribute financial support to K-12 school districts.

January 2021 | Learning During COVID-19: Initial Findings and 4 Considerations for Policymakers
Education Commission of the States with NWEA

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional forms of education and continues to create challenges for school systems and the students they serve. Education leaders and teachers have the unenviable responsibility of making difficult decisions well into the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

January 2021 | Rising Together: How Four Districts are Building Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

TNTP partnered with four diverse school districts—Richland Parish, Louisiana; Hamilton County, Tennessee; Hartford, Connecticut; and Collier County, Florida—as they prioritized authentic community engagement.