Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

What Happens When Parents, Students and Teachers Take a Stand Together?

Posted on: Tuesday June 24th, 2014

Over the past year, St. Paul, MN, has emerged as a leader in creating powerful labor-community partnerships. A new report from the St. Paul Federation of Teachers details how teachers, parents and students banded together and used the union's 2014 contract negotiations to secure key resources and opportunities for all students.

When it comes to creating real change in public schools, the answer isn't to impose top-down reforms. Instead, it comes down to the hard work of creating partnerships between teachers, parents, students and all the stakeholders in a community to ensure that every student has access to the resources they need to succeed. 

St. Paul Teachers Threaten Strike to Defend "Schools Our Children Deserve"

Posted on: Friday February 21st, 2014

Teachers in St. Paul, MN, are taking a brave stand on behalf of their students. Backed by parents and community partners, the teachers threatened to strike not over pay but over resources like pre-k programs, school counselors and small class sizes.

If you haven't heard about the brave stand teachers are taking in St. Paul, MN, here's what's going on:

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Early Care and Education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Posted on: Friday June 14th, 2013

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."


Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

Sign on and add your voice!

Health Equity Key to Ensuring Kids Ready for Class

Posted on: Friday June 14th, 2013

Gerry Cobb, Director of State Services, BUILD Initiative

The BUILD Initiative recently invited teams from eight states across the country to participate in a two-day “mock grant opportunity" focused on developing state-level plans to eliminate disparities in young children's access to health services. Ensuring all students are healthy and ready for school is a key part of closing the opportunity gap in education.

This post originally appeared on the BUILD Initiative's website. BUILD works to encourage public investments in early learning and services that support children both in and outside the classroom. 

Ending Suspensions Is a Team Effort

Posted on: Monday June 3rd, 2013

In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive discipline strategies.

Cross-Sector Advocates Release Action Plan for Reducing Suspensions in NYC
Highlights Positive Discipline Strategies from Across the Nation

The "Dirty Dozen": How Charters Influence Enrollment

Posted on: Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Proponents of charter schools and charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment. A report from the National Education Policy Center describes 12 practices that charter schools use to push out or discourage enrollment of students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.

Charter schools get a lot of hype in our nation's education debate, yet proponents of charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment.

59 Years After Brown vs. Board, an "Education Spring" Is Here

Posted on: Friday May 17th, 2013

May 17th is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades later, students, parents, teacher and advocates are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. But a grassroots revolution is brewing, what blogger Jeff Bryant has been calling an "education spring," and this past week has seen headline-grabbing victories and inspiring actions.

Today is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Almost six decades later, students, parents, teachers and advocates across the country are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

The State of Preschool 2012

Posted on: Wednesday May 15th, 2013

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has tracked preschool enrollment and funding data in the country for over a decade. Its latest annual "State of Preschool" report presents an alarming set of "firsts" in the 2011-2012 school year: Enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs has stagnated after a decade of growth, and average funding per child has decreased below $4,000 for the first time since NIEER began collecting the data.

If there's one thing we can all agree on in the midst of budget slashing and a limping economic recovery, it's that kids who go to preschool are better prepared to start learning in school and stand a better chance of graduating and achieving at high levels.