Building a Data-Driven Education System in the United States

The Center for Data Innovation produced this report highlighting the ways in which the education system in the U.S. lacks the effective use of data infrastructure to improve student learning and teaching efficiency. It discusses how technology and digital tools are used in classroom settings, but the use of data analytics and metrics in policy and decision-making on an administrative level is all-but nonexistent with administrations making decisions based on assumptions and intuition rather than relevant information. The report makes the case for the transformation of the education sector into a data-driven, evidence-based, efficient, personalized and innovative system.

Trends in College Pricing

The College Board takes a comprehensive look at the current trends in the price of higher education across the country, showing wide variation between similar institutions and a continued rise in costs of tuition and housing well above the rate of inflation.

The Future of Youth Justice: A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model

This new report from the National Institute of Justice and the Harvard Kennedy School summarizes the ways in which the nation's current juvenile justice system negatively effects the youth involved in it, leading to high rates of recidivism and damaging effects on their well-being and future prospects. The authors recommend a number of community-based programs/approaches to replace the use of large-scale and ineffective youth prisons and detention facilities.

STEM 2026: A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education

Together, the U.S. Dept. of Education and the American Institutes of Research convened experts and leaders in STEM areas of focus to discuss the ways in which approaches to STEM education can be improved or even radically changed in order to arrive at the best outcomes. This report is a result of these policy and practice recommendations and additional comprehensive research, synthesizing it into a readable and all-inclusive look at the possible future of STEM education.