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Nicole Young, at center in white sweater, a City Connects coordinator at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston, leads a tour of the school for college students who will be volunteer tutors there. New research suggests there is an academic payoff from the City Connects program, which links students and their families to supports and resources that align with their needs.
—Charlie Mahoney/Prime for Education Week

Learning Payoff Found for 'City Connects' Program

The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says. (September 30, 2014)

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More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.
November 17, 2014 - Education Week
Directing philanthropic support toward supporting black girls is one way to lift this neglected group of students, Fatima Goss Graves says.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
Educators and researchers in several of the nation's largest districts are trying to look at schools based on a fuller picture of children’s experiences.
November 6, 2014 - Education Week
The college-bridge programs created 50 years ago under President Lyndon B. Johnson's signature program were never designed—or funded—to serve all the students who need them.
November 4, 2014 - Education Week
With the achievement of minority boys in the national spotlight, some big-city school districts are forging ahead with new, and not so new, strategies.
November 3, 2014 - Education Week
The underwhelming performance of many charters should be a call to action, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter say.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
Fix, don't close, neighborhood schools, and adopt three other reform ideas to change education for the better, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A study of 7th graders from two Connecticut school districts finds a significant achievement gap for the ability to read information critically on the Internet.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warns that the office may investigate states, districts, and schools that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Behind the recent upswing are grant programs in Michigan and Virginia aimed primarily at reducing time out of school for students from low-income families.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week

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