2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

This recent policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses the latest data available to discuss the progress and welfare of children from different races/ethnicities and national origins using several key milestones. It unsurprisingly finds that minority and immigrant youth continue to consistently have bigger barriers to success than white youth. The report makes the case for a number of crucial policy changes that can help to break down some of those barriers.

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts

The Campaign for Youth Justice published this latest update and summary of the progress made by states in reforming their state justice policies to keep youth out of their adult criminal justice systems. The report highlights how 19 states and the District of Columbia have changed their laws in the period from 2015 to 2017, helping to quicken the trend that began in 2009 through which the number of youth in adult jails has dropped by nearly two-thirds.

Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Behind

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce recently released this new report highlighting how a lack of higher education degree attainment has led to Latinos being disproportionately "stuck" in the lower and middle wage tiers of the labor market. The report presents comprehensive data on the issue for the ten states with the highest Latino populations.

Early Childhood Educators’ Self-Efficacy in Science, Math, and Literacy Instruction and Science Practice in the Classroom

Researchers from Michigan State University wrote this report using analysis and observations of 67 Head-Start classrooms which details how effective early childhood educators think they are at teaching literacy, math and science based on their own knowledge of the subjects. It shows a wide disparity in teaching efficacy as these educators are much more confident in their knowledge of and ability to teach literacy than that of science or math. This report raises the issue of whether or not science and math are being taught properly in early childhood and how much science and math should be taught in the first place considering many think the subjects to be too complicated for young children.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Part-Time College Students in America

The Center for American Progress highlights the oft-overlooked struggles of part-time college students in America. Making up 37 percent of all undergraduates, part-time students attain degrees at much lower rates than full-time students with many dropping out after only one year. This report uses available data to detail what is known about part-time students and their experiences while making a number of policy recommendations that can help them be more academically successful for both their own betterment, and also for that of the nation's workforce as a whole.

Left Behind: Refugee Education in Crisis

The UN Refugee Agency authored and released this new report summarizing and drawing attention to the crisis in the education of refugee youth. The report shows how 3.5 million refugee youth had absolutely no schooling in the year 2016 with this number showing no signs of improving in 2017. It details the startling differences in education access rates between non-refugee and refugee youth. While 91% of children worldwide attend primary school, only 61% of refugee children do. Similarly, 84% of the world's adolescents attend secondary school while only 23% of adolescent refugees do. Finally, 36% of the world's youth end up getting higher education of some kind while only a shocking 1% of refugee youth do. The report calls for policymakers around the world to make drastic changes to help refugee youth have much greater access to education at all ages.

Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts

This new report by the Center for American Progress analyzes and maps the locations of licensed child care centers in 22 states, finding that over half of Americans live in "child care deserts" without affordable or convenient access to proper child care options.

Student Loan Repayment

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes a comprehensive look at how student loan borrowers and their repayment progress has changed over the past 14 years.