Wilder Research, November 2012, 64 pp.
A look at disparities in education, economic vitality, and social capital indicators for the city of Minneapolis, commissioned by The Minneapolis Foundation. more info >
State of students of color and American Indian students report - 2012
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, November 2012, 20 pp.
Provides data on students of color and American Indian students in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. The executive summary includes information on trends and identifies areas of concern. more info >
The state of America's children
Children's Defense Fund, July 2012, 185 pp.
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually. Select "Annual Report" in the "Type" box to get to these reports. more info >
Beginning teachers are more common in rural, high-poverty, and racially diverse schools
Carsey Institute, July 2012, 6 pp.
This report finds that poor communities have moderately higher percentages of beginning teachers than communities with lower poverty rates and that a higher concentration of minority students in a district is associated with a higher percentage of beginning teachers. The combined impact of poverty, race, and urbanicity has a substantial effect on the probability that a district has a critically high percentage of beginning teachers, indicating a high turnover rate and possible issues of quality. more info >
Mathematics achievement gaps between suburban students and their rural and urban peers increase over time
Carsey Institute, June 2012, 8 pp.
Examines whether school attendance in a rural, urban, or suburban community is related to math achievement and whether that changes over time. The brief also reviews achievement differences by region of the United States, racial and ethnic group, and family socioeconomic status. more info >
Housing costs, zoning, and access to high-scoring schools
Brookings Institution, April 2012, 31 pp.
Looks at the relationship between housing market regulations and housing costs near high- and low-scoring schools. Presents data on the restrictiveness of zoning restrictions, economic segregation, housing cost gaps, and test score gaps for national metropolitan areas, including the Twin Cities. more info >
Asian Pacific students in Minnesota: Facts, not fiction
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, March 2012, 46 pp.
Minnesota achievement test data for Asian Pacific students by language spoken at home, ethnicity, income level, English proficiency, and mobility. more info >
Minnesota legislative report card on racial equity
February 2012, 36 pp.
Annual report that looks at the previous Minnesota legislative session, focusing on advancing racial equity. Individual legislators and the governor are graded on their support for bills to support education equity, health equity, economic and wealth equity, civil rights and criminal justice, and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty. more info >
The high quality of life in Minnesota: Not equally shared by all
Minnesota Compass, December 2011, 2 pp.
In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful, but how well are we really doing? If you look at key statistics measuring our overall well-being, Minnesota ranks near the top in most categories. But dig a little deeper and you uncover glaring and persistent disparities. more info >
A crisis in our community: Closing the five education gaps
African American Leadership Forum, September 2011, 28 pp.
This report outlines five gaps in educational achievement for African American children in Minnesota--preparation, belief, time, teaching, and leadership -- and a plan for closing those gaps. more info >
Women in America: Indicators of social and economic well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence. more info >
Building a grad nation: Progress and challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic
America's Promise Alliance, November 2010, 88 pp.
This report shows how some states and school districts are raising their high school graduation rates with scalable solutions in public schools, revealing that more than half of all states increased their statewide graduation rate from 2002 to 2008. more info >
Big ideas: Game-changers for children
First Focus, September 2010, 150 pp.
In an effort to generate new and innovative ideas to improve child well-being in the United States, First Focus called upon policy thinkers to provide game-changing proposals designed to advance federal children's policy. more info >
Segregation and exposure to high-poverty schools in large metropolitan areas: 2008-09
Harvard School of Public Health, September 2010, 23 pp.
Ranks racial/ethnic segregation and exposure to high-poverty schools for public, primary school students in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The findings reveal that black and Hispanic children attend very different schools than do white children and are disproportionately concentrated in high-poverty schools. more info >
Change in income by education level, by race in Minnesota
The Minnesota Private College Council, Fund and Research Foundation, July 2010, 11 pp.
This brief examines income in Minnesota by race/ethnicity for each level of education attained, and illustrates income premiums for each level of education over a high school credential. It also compares income by age for each level of education, to show earning power over time. more info >
Early warning: Why reading by the end of third grade matters
Annie E. Casey Foundation, April 2010, 62 pp.
Disparities in reading achievement persist across racial and ethnic groups. This report examines the failure of many children in American, particularly low-income children, to reach the “proficient” level in reading by fourth grade. It explores factors that undermine grade-level reading proficiency and offers recommendations for improvement. more info >
The consequences of dropping out of high school: joblessness and jailing for high school dropouts and the high cost for taxpayers
Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, October 2009, 16 pp.
This research paper outlines the employment, earnings, incarceration, teen and young adult parenting experiences and family incomes of the nation’s young adult high school dropouts and their better educated peers in 2006 to 2008. more info >
Education Watch State Report: Minnesota
Education Trust, April 2009, 16 pp.
This report, part of a national series, provides an overview of Minnesota's student population, the levels of achievement in reading and mathematics, and high school and college graduation rates. more info >
Enrollment patterns of students from low-income families
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, October 2008, 50 pp.
Provides information about recent trends and practices for meeting the needs of postsecondary students in Minnesota who are from low-income families. The report includes data on enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment, tuition and financial aid, programs available from public and private institutions, and identifies areas for further study. more info >
Status of girls in Minnesota
Women's Foundation of Minnesota, April 2008, 68 pp.
Examines the economic, social, physical and psychological well-being of girls in Minnesota. Includes data and recommendations for policy change to improve the status of Minnesota's girls. more info >
Connections: Educational disparities: Communities
Children, Youth, and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota, September 2007
This newsletter contains articles on how the faith community can be involved in addressing educational disparities and why reducing educational disparities matters to business. more info >
Strategies for improving success in postsecondary education
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, January 2007, 38 pp.
This report explores ways in which states can improve the chances of students succeeding in postsecondary education, considering factors such as equity gaps, funding and policy priorities, and implementation strategies. more info >
America's perfect storm: Three forces changing out nation's future
Educational Testing Service, January 2007, 34 pp.
A look at the convergence of three powerful sociological and economical forces that are changing our nation's future: substantial disparities in skill levels (reading and math), seismic economic changes (widening wage gaps), and sweeping demographic shifts (less education, lower skills). The authors conclude there's little chance that economic opportunities will improve among key segments of our population if we follow our current path. more info >
Tackling the achievement gap head on
Wilder Research, October 2006, 32 pp.
A discussion of factors contributing to the achievement gap and strategies for addressing it. Also looks at the achievement gap in St. Paul Public Schools and the Wilder Foundation's work in the school success area. more info >
Meeting five critical challenges of high school reform
mdrc, May 2006, 89 pp.
This is the first in a series of reports summarizing and synthesizing what has been learned from rigorous and large-scale evaluations of high school reform initiatives. It discusses three initiatives — Career Academies, and Talent Development — that have grappled with the challenges of improving low-performing urban and rural schools. more info >
College access matters: The opportunity for college access programs in Minnesota
Minnesota College Access Network, January 2006, 72 pp.
This report provides information on Minnesota's college access programs. It includes the results of a survey of existing programs, highlighting current practices and identifying gaps in college access services, as well as recommendations for investments to develop and strengthen college access programs. more info >
Diplomas count: Minnesota
edresearch.org, November 2005, 5 pp.
Provides demographic and graduation rate comparisons between Minnesota and the nation as a whole. Also includes a short Minnesota state policy overview. more info >
The state of students of color 2006
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, November 2005, 89 pp.
Provides data on students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. Also includes a discussion of factors and programs contributing to higher education attendance. more info >
Mind the gap: Reducing disparities to improve regional competitiveness in the Twin Cities
Brookings Institution, October 2005, 44 pp.
A look at race, class, and place disparities in the Twin Cities and why reducing them is important to build a more competitive workforce, bring more money into the region, and make the region stronger and more competitive. Also presents a policy framework for reducing disparities. more info >
School readiness: Closing racial and ethnic gaps
Princeton University, Brookings Institution, April 2005, 196 pp.
Discusses multiple factors that may contribute to racial/ethnic gaps in school readiness. more info >
Minnesota's post-secondary participation rate remains strong
Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, January 2005, 7 pp.
Looks at the 2003 college participation rates for Minnesota high school graduates, regional participation rates, and participation rates for students of color. Also compares to national rates. more info >
Guides for the journey : supporting high-risk youth with paid mentors and counselors
Public/Private Ventures, May 2004, 18 pp.
Explores the potential of a novel and emerging approach to increasing the level and quality of adult involvement with high-risk youth using paid mentor-counselors. more info >
From the prison track to the college track : pathways to postsecondary success for out-of-school youth
Jobs for the Future, March 2004, 20 pp.
Focuses on four types of learning environments that appear to hold particular promise for vulnerable and potentially disconnected youth: reinvented high schools, secondary/postsecondary blends, education/employment blends, and extended learning opportunities. more info >
Who graduates? Who doesn't? A statistical portrait of public high school graduation, class of 2001
Urban Institute, February 2004, 93 pp.
Provides public school graduation rates by state and region and for the United States as a whole. Includes rates for specific racial and ethnic groups, by gender, and for particular types of school districts. Also discusses methods of determining graduation rates. more info >
The state of students of color 2004: building alliances for student success
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, November 2003, 69 pp.
Provides data on the demographics and academic success of students of color in Minnesota. Includes promising practices that increase the success of students of color. more info >
Losing our future: How minority youth are being left behind by the graduation rate crisis
Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, Urban Institute, Advocates for Children of New York, The Civil Society Institute, November 2003, 93 pp.
Focuses on answering how deep and widespread are the racial disparities that exist at the state and district levels? According to the authors, they use a more accurate method of calculating graduation rates than what is normally used. more info >
Closing the gap: High achievement for students of color
American Educational Research Association, November 2003, 4 pp.
Promising practices for reducing the achievement gap. more info >
Ensuring education equality : understanding the achievement gap in Kentucky's public school system
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, August 2003, 62 pp.
This research report exposes trends related to student achievement gaps among minority students, male students, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and students with low English proficiency in Kentucky's public schools. Following a case study methodology, it analyzes the performance levels of these student sub-populations and presents research findings. It identifies best practices in closing student achievement gaps, and presents quantitative data from gap analyses and qualitative data from discussions with school officials. more info >
Closing the college participation gap: Minnesota and United States profiles
Education Commission of the States, March 2003, 7 pp.
Profiles of postsecondary participation in Minnesota and the United States. more info >
It takes more than testing: closing the achievement gap
Center on Education Policy, April 2001, 47 pp.
Provides educational stakeholders with information about how to close the achievement gap in education. Includes background information, analyzes the nature and extent of the achievement gap, and outlines leading strategies for closing it. more info >
Add it up: Using research to improve education for low-income and minority students
Poverty & Race Research Action Council, November 2000, 61 pp.
Explains "how low-performing schools can become high-achieving ones." Provides proven strategies and policies regarding early childhood education, parent involvement, quality teaching, using assessment, and more. more info >
The state of students of color 2001
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, December 1969, 50 pp.
Provides a comprehensive view of the educational experiences of students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. more info >