Research Center Projects
Editorial Projects in Education has produced the annual Quality Counts report as a special edition of Education Week since 1997. A joint collaboration between Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, Quality Counts combines in-depth journalism with original, accessible research and analysis in order to examine the most important issues in education policy and practice. Sponsored by the Pew Center on the States (1997-2010).
Since 2006, Editorial Projects in Education has published an annual report examining issues related to high school reform and graduation. The centerpiece of this joint journalistic and research project is Diplomas Count, an annual special issue of Education Week. In addition to the publication of the print edition of the report, the Research Center produces downloadable online highlights reports for the nation and every state and EdWeek Maps, the EPE Research Center’s GIS-based website that allows users to create maps and access graduation data for every school district in the country. Sponsors have included The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (2011), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2006 to 2009).
National Charter School Resource Center
Editorial Projects in Education, in collaboration with Learning Point Associates (prime contractor) and a team of partner organizations, has been awarded a five-year contract for Charter School Research and Technical Assistance by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. Work under this contract includes establishing the National Charter School Resource Center, which will provide services and support for the continued development of high-quality, effective charter schools. The center will coordinate and conduct research; collect and analyze data; develop and disseminate research-based products; provide a wide range of technical assistance; and facilitate knowledge development and exchange among practitioners, administrators, and policymakers.
Graduation Rates in Flint, Mich.
This project investigates the local context of the high school completion crisis in The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s hometown of Flint, Mich., and the surrounding areas. The project provides the Foundation as well as local educators, families, and leaders with an in-depth research-based understanding of the scope and nature of the challenges the Flint community faces ensuring that all students will graduate from high school. The EPE Research Center collaborated with the Foundation and the local school district to explore ways to use local data for a more sophisticated analysis of factors predicting risk of dropout in Flint. Sponsored by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Among the Research Center’s major assets is EdCounts, a website that provides users with access to detailed state-level policy indicators. Initially launched as part of the center’s broader work on the Quality Counts report, the EdCounts tool is EPE’s extensive repository of more than 1,000 detailed indicators, many with consistent trend lines that extend back more than a decade. The vast majority of the data in EdCounts comes from original data collections and analyses conducted by the EPE Research Center. Major policy areas covered by the database include: standards, assessment, accountability, teacher quality, school finance, transitions and alignment (including college readiness and workforce preparation), and student achievement. Sponsored by the Pew Center on the States.
In 2007, the EPE Research Center launched EdWeek Maps, a GIS-based website that allows users to visually map-out graduation patterns, explore rates across the nation, access district and school-level data, and download a customized data-rich report for any school district in the country. This website is populated by the Center’s original data on high school graduation rates and other indicators at the national, state, district, and school levels. Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Social and Economic Indicators Initiative
The EPE Research Center is engaged in a cross-project initiative to develop robust nationwide systems of educational, social, and economic indicators that provide both nationally representative statistics as well as the ability to disaggregate results for state and local levels. This work is premised on the field’s need for objective, reliable data created within a rigorous, uniform methodological framework. Major federal databases employed in this work include: Common Core of Data Non-Fiscal and Fiscal (U.S. Department of Education), Schools and Staffing Survey, SASS (U.S. Department of Education), American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), and the Decennial Census (U.S. Census Bureau). The Center also works frequently with state administrative data and data resources published by other governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Study of P-16 Councils
The EPE Research Center collaborated with National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to conduct a study of state P-16 Councils. These entities, established in many states, work towards better aligning public education systems from preschool through the postsecondary level. The project includes surveys of state education agencies, state higher education executive offices, and state P-16 councils, as well as qualitative case studies. The goal of this study is to develop a framework for better understanding the structure, goals, activities, accomplishments, and challenges of P-16 councils.
This project supports an effort by the Pew Center on the States to launch Vital Signs, a web-based tool composed of state policy trends, fifty state assessments and policy solutions. The EPE Research Center will be responsible for developing content related to Vital Signs’ “Got Talent?” strand, which deals with state strategies for growing and attracting a talented, highly-educated workforce.
State Award Project
The EPE Research Center conducted a special analysis of state achievement patterns to be used as the basis for a new award program sponsored by the Business Round Table. This project draws heavily on the Center’s expertise in the development of state indices and ranking schemes.