Children in the states factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, April 2013
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk. more info >
Child and Well-Being Index
Foundation for Child Development, December 2012, 29 pp.
Annual report on the well-being of children in the U.S. Includes data on economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, educational attainment, community engagement, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual well-being. 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 >
Minnesota district/charter K-12 enrollment trends, 2001-2002 - 2011-2012
The Center for School Change, June 2012, 17 pp.
This report on Minnesota district and charter K-12 enrollment trends shows that in the last ten years, charters have increased enrollment by about 29,000 students while district public school enrollment declined more than 45,000, and discusses the meaning of this change. 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 >
Beds not buses: Housing vs. transportation for homeless students
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, September 2011, 21 pp.
This report explores the idea that providing affordable housing to homeless families is more cost-effective than providing federally mandated transportation for homeless students. more info >
Profile of older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2011, 18 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually. more info >
Teen Voice 2010: Relationships that matter to America's teens
Search Institute, December 2010, 60 pp.
National study of 15-year-olds. It focuses on teens' interests; their confidence, skills, and opportunities to influence things that matter to them; and the relationships they need to support their growth. The reports looks at how these factor correlate with academic, psychological, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes. more info >
Youth readiness for the future: A report on findings from a representative Gallup student poll sample
Gallup, August 2010, 12 pp.
Results of a national survey of youth that measured hope, engagement, and well-being. more info >
2009 metro residents survey
Metropolitan Council, February 2010, 47 pp.
Results of a survey of Twin Cities residents which asks them to rank the region's top public concerns and quality of life. 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 >
Seeing is believing: Promising practices for how school districts promote family engagement
Harvard Family Research Project, July 2009, 16 pp.
Core components of successful strategies to create and sustain family engagment. more info >
Bridges to a better bottom line
Citizens League, March 2009, 70 pp.
In response to the economic downturn, five foundations came together to find practical ways to improve public services and that cost less. more info >
Why we can't wait: A case for philanthropic action: Opportunities for improving life outcomes for African American males
Ford Foundation, January 2007, 81 pp.
An examination of programs, policies and services that impact the life outcomes of African-American males. The report is intended to serve as a springboard for ideas, strategies and programs that philanthropy professionals, nonprofit leaders and civil society can nurture to the point of outcomes that improve the quality of life for black men and boys. more info >
2006 Carver County quality of life indicators report
Carver County, January 2006, 67 pp.
Provides a status report on the quality of life in Carver County based on 42 key indicators in nine different categories, including: economics, education, environment, growth and housing, health, mobility, leisure and recreation, social, and public safety. more info >
Trends in the use of school choice, 1993-1999, statistical analysis report
National Center for Education Statistics, April 2003, 52 pp.
This report "provides information about trends in the use and users of public schools of choice and private schools, and outcomes of these choices - parent satisfaction and involvement, and students' plans for postsecondary education." more info >
Vital voices: Building constituencies for public school reform, executive summary
Academy for Educational Development, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago, November 2002, 6 pp.
Constituency building for education reform. more info >
Malignant neglect: substance abuse and America's schools
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbian University, September 2001, 117 pp.
A comprehensive analysis of data and research on substance use in schools including statistics on the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; factors linked to substance use; intervention efforts and why they've failed; and suggestions for making schools and children substance free. more info >
An agenda for reform: Competition, community, concentration
John Brandl and Vin Weber, November 1995, 34 pp.
Written fifteen years ago in response to a looming financial crisis in the Minnesota state budget – due to federal budget cuts, increased demand for services and slower economic growth – this report advocates for fundamental changes in the way Minnesota delivers taxpayers' services. more info >
WIthin our means
Minnesota Planning, January 1995, 38 pp.
This report from 1995 examines strategies and offers recommendations for solving Minnesota’s looming budget crisis. It points out that economic conditions will become less favorable after 2010, when the proportion of Minnesotans of working age begins to decline and the dependent population, children and elderly people, proportionately increases. Areas of focus include: health care, education, justice, transportation, environment and local government. more info >
2007 Minnesota Student Survey results
The Minnesota Student Survey is administered every three years to public school students in grades 6, 9, and 12. All public school districts in Minnesota were invited to participate. This study included information about school, use of time, family and relationships, risk factors, health and safety, and mental health. Available by county, region, or statewide results. more info >
National Center for Education Statistics
Part of the Department of Education. Includes an Electronic Catalog, allowing you to search for NCES publications and data and the Encyclopedia of ED Stats, which provides data from several NCES sources including: The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics. Many of the reports can be viewed on-line. more info >