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Spatial Analysis of Ohio Learning Standards Opportunity Gaps in Cuyahoga County

On September 15, 2016, the Ohio Education Department (OED) released the first report cards based on Ohio Learning Standards (OLS) revisions developed in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Fallouts were seismic in their impact on districts, schools and classrooms. In comparison to the previous year, proportion of Ohio school districts receiving grades ā€œAā€ to ā€œCā€ declined considerably.

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The Common Core Promise

As an early adopter, New York State is the second, only behind Kentucky, to administer standardized grade-level assessments aligned to the Common Core. If the 2013 Common Core math assessments are sensible proxies for grade-level expectations, then too many students in the New York City public school system are not prepared to meet the rigorous learning benchmarks. This is particularly the case for black students, Hispanic students, and students living in poverty

Borrowing While Black

Borrowing While Black is a multi-disciplinary web-based learning environment established in response to the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008. Despite the fact that the repercussions are global, there is a prevailing sense that the this crisis is fundamentally a housing and finance services affair; that it originated in the United States subprime mortgage sector; and that subprime mortgages were systematically disproportionately concentrated in African American neighborhoods.

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NURG mission is to foster connections between research and practice by providing non-partisan information and empirical research. Our thought leadership works to shape the broader policy landscape by conducting analysis on approaches objectively demonstrated to reach traditionally underserved communities, low-income and first-generation college students. Our goal is to expand knowledge of effective strategies by developing, modeling, and disseminating innovative approaches and evidence-based best practices.