Looking for new and notable information to help you dig deeper into an issue? Start with these featured reports and web sites, and then browse through our full selection by topic.
After the Bell Youth Activity Engagement in Relation to Income and Metropolitan Status
Carsey Public Policy Institute, May 2017, 6 pp.
This brief uses data from the 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health to examine involvement in extracurricular activities among youth ages 12–18. It finds that access to extracurricular activities and employment is growing more unequal, and that lower-income youth may be increasingly disadvantaged compared to middle- and upper-income children. more info >
Northside Achievement Zone
Wilder Research, April 2017
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a collaboration of community organizations whose mission is to build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis to assure all youth graduate from high school college-ready. The evaluation includes community surveys, year-end reports, and a prospective return on investment study. more info >
Evaluation of the Rental Assistance Pilot for Homeless or Highly Mobile Families with School-Age Children
Minnesota Department of Education, February 2017, 9 pp.
This evaluation assessed a rental assistance program aimed at ending homelessness among Minnesota students. The program stably housed 90% of the families served. Results show that the students with stable housing had better attendance than students facing homelessness, and that the students facing homelessness without rental assistance missed enough school to be considered chronically absent. more info >
Boosting College Success Among Men of Color: Promising Approaches and Next Steps
MDRC, December 2016, 12 pp.
This brief catalogues strategies commonly used in interventions at post-secondary educational institutions aimed at improving outcomes for male students of color and charts the way forward for future evaluative work. more info >
Getting Prepared 2016
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities; University of Minnesota, October 2016, 45 pp.
Reports data on recent public high school graduates who take developmental (or remedial) courses in Minnesota's two public university systems, as one measure of the state’s performance in preparing K-12 students for college. more info >
Educating for the Future: Baseline Estimates of Minnesota’s Educational Attainment
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, May 2016, 41 pp.
The 2015 Minnesota Legislature enacted legislation setting a target that 70 percent of Minnesota adults age 25 to 44 will have attained a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2025. Before that data could be measured, Minnesota needed to determine the current percentage of the age 25 to 44 population with a certificate or higher, by race and ethnicity. This report establishes methods to estimate current data to understand the gaps faced. more info >
Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. more info >
Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Achievement in Minnesota
MinnCan: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now, February 2016, 42 pp.
This report features three Twin Cities metropolitan area schools which are using innovative strategies to help Asian American and Pacific Islander learners thrive. more info >
Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2014, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics. more info >
The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, January 2014
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. more info >
Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education. more info >
Education Policy Research
Education section of Mathematica Policy Research. Provides research information about topics including curriculum, teacher quality, at-risk youth, technology and school choice. more info >
National Art Education Association
This site compiles research on the impact of the arts in education and provides a clearinghouse and review of state policies for arts education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. more info >