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The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America's Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow
The Brookings Institution, March 2015
This Brookings Essay highlights the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region in a discussion of how metropolitan areas are preparing a more diverse workforce and how those efforts could potentially give the U.S. a competitive advantage in the 21st century economy. The essay discusses the efforts of organizations that are working to close education and employment gaps in the Twin Cities region. more info >
Northside Achievement Zone
Wilder Research, February 2015
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 >
A New Majority: Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation's Public Schools
Southern Education Foundation, January 2015, 6 pp.
Provides data showing that a majority of students attending public schools come from low-income families and discusses implications of the findings. more info >
Pohlad Family Foundation 2015 Youth Advancement Overview
Pohlad Family Foundation, January 2015, 10 pp.
Information on disconnected youth, or youth not enrolled in high school or college and not employed. Includes Twin Cities data, the factors affecting disconnection, and evidence about promising practices. more info >
How Housing Mobility Affects Education Outcomes for Low-Income Children
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2014, 6 pp.
Looks at a place-based intervention that sought to improve conditions in targeted low-income communities. This article specifically examines the relationship between housing mobility, school mobility, and academic outcomes for children. more info >
The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations
Brookings Institute, August 2014
Data on foreign students in the United States and their impact on the local economy. more info >
Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2014, 60 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. more info >
America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being. more info >
The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System
The Council of State Governments Justice Center, June 2014, 461 pp.
Based on input from an array of stakeholders, this report presents policies, recommendations, and promising practices to keep students in school and out of the court system. Major sections of the report address the conditions for learning, behavioral interventions, and school-police partnerships. more info >
The Condition of Education
National Center for Education Statistics, May 2014, 256 pp.
Annual report that summarizes trends in education. Indicators include educational attainment, earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, families living in poverty, early childhood education participation, English language learners, children and youth with disabilities, and postsecondary enrollment. more info >
PreK-3 Professional Development Evaluation Brief
The McKnight Foundation, April 2014, 4 pp.
Evaluation brief about professional development in McKnight's early literacy grantee school sites. Measures McKnight's efforts to increase the percentage of Twin Cities students reading proficiently by the end of third grade. more info >
State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
Discipline Disparities Series
Indiana University, March 2014
Series of research papers on disparities in the use of school discipline. They address policy, practice, and research summarizing the state of knowledge and offer evidence-based recommendations for reducing disparities. more info >
STEM in Minnesota: Education and Workforce Disparities by Race/Ethnicity, Income, and Gender
Wilder Research, January 2014
Research papers that augment STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) information on the Minnesota Compass website. They present data and strategies for addressing racial, income, and gender gaps in STEM achievement, college readiness, interest, degree completion, and workforce participation. more info >
Predictors of Postsecondary Success
College and Career Readiness and Success Center, November 2013, 16 pp.
Identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success. more info >
Assets & Opportunity 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 Mathmatica Policy Research. Provides research information about topics including curriculum, teacher quality, at-risk youth, technology and school choice. more info >