This report details the findings of an evaluation of Emergency Aid (EA) programs at the University of Southern California and within the Los Angeles Community College District, which were designed to help students overcome short-term emergencies and ultimately improve longer-term student success.
Despite decades of traditional policy approaches to closing the achievement gap, disparities in educational attainment still exist by race and socioeconomic economic circumstances. The Price Center conducts research to develop, scale, and diffuse new models and processes to improve educational attainment across all grade levels, including postsecondary education.
The term opportunity youth refers to individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in school. Opportunity youth are disproportionately youth of color, live in low-income neighborhoods and face important barriers to job access such as disconnections and labor market discrimination.
The proposed framework could provide guidance for policymakers considering new efforts at improving schools through the production and dissemination of educational data.
This article estimates the impact of School in the Park, a museum-based educational program for low-income students in the museums of San Diego’s Balboa Park.
The Top Los Angeles County Public Schools for Underserved Students report highlights schools closing the achievement gap for low-income African American and Latino students.
USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
The Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation established emergency aid programs at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) in 2019. Although the programs differ slightly in their application and disbursement processes, both programs provide cash … Continue reading
Public accountability through information disclosure is a pillar of modern education reform efforts. Despite the ubiquity of this approach, we argue that public accountability in education is under-theorized and often predictably unlikely to achieve its intended policy goals. Drawing on … Continue reading
Journal of Curriculum Studies
Textbooks are a widely used educational intervention that can affect student achievement, and the marginal cost of choosing a more effective textbook is typically small. However, we know little about how textbooks get from the publisher to the classroom. The … Continue reading
Curriculum Reform in the Common Core Era: Evaluating Elementary Math Textbooks Across Six U.S. States
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Can a school or district improve student achievement simply by switching to a higher quality textbook or curriculum? We conducted the first multi-textbook, multi-state effort to estimate textbook efficacy following widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and … Continue reading
American Educational Research Association
Access to community cultural institutions such as museums, zoos, and theaters has the potential to improve students’ educational experiences. This article estimates the impact of School in the Park, a museum-based educational program for low-income students that takes place within … Continue reading