The push for higher standards in K-12 education has been underway for the better part of two decades. But even as some states have created clearer and more rigorous academic standards, many have lowered the bar on their state tests. The result? Too many states are lulling parents and their children into a false sense of security at a time when all students need a much stronger foundation in math and science to thrive in a global economy.
This must change. Change the Equation created “Vital Signs” reports on the condition of STEM learning in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help measure state performance—and dig deeper into the nation’s education challenges. We aim to arm both business leaders and state leaders with the information they need to make the case for truly high expectations for our nation’s students.
View the reports here.
Our published works are widely referenced because they are grounded in the communities we serve. Each year, JFF publishes more than 40 research reports, case studies, newsletters, and policy briefs that offer insight on local, state, and national practice and policy in education and youth development, workforce development, and economic opportunity.
(sample of Publications)
(sample of Publications)
- Creating Opportunities in Health Care: The Community College Role in Workforce Partnerships (April 2011)
The nation’s 1,200 community colleges are well positioned to strengthen the workforce of one of America’s most critical sectors—health care. T... read more
- Greening Community Colleges: An Environmental Path to Improving Educational Outcomes (April 2011)
The emerging and expanding green economy has the potential to create not just jobs, but career opportunities across the United States as green manufacturing, gr... read more
- Innovations in Developmental Math: Community Colleges Enhance Support for Nontraditional Students (April 2011)
Nearly 60 percent of incoming community college students are unprepared for college-level work and must take at least one pre-college, “developmental&rdqu... read more
- Life Beyond Early College: Strategies for Success (webinar) (March 24, 2011)
Webinar Presenters: Michael Webb, AVP, Jobs for the Future (moderator) Michael Nakkula, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Kaitlin Kelley, Alumni Support C... read more
- Early College Graduates: Adapting, Thriving, and Leading in College (March 2011)
In 2003, JFF funded a research team from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to lead a longitudinal qualitative study on the experiences of students at two... read more