Education

The Commonwealth Institute analyzes state support for public pre-K-12 education to increase the value of our public schools to the commonwealth. Our analyses review overall levels of support as well as the impacts of targeted programs. Reports and analyses from the current year are posted here. Work from prior years can be found in the archive.

 

Profiles of High and Low Poverty Schools October 26, 2017 by Chris Duncombe Persistent gaps in test scores and college enrollment between students from low income families and other more financially secure students are well documented, as are the challenges schools face in trying to improve student outcomes. Too often, these disparities are seen as inevitable and the challenges insurmountable. Increased investments are characterized as wasteful, rather than necessary.