Publications

Charter School Special Education Funding in Pennsylvania

For many years there have been calls to reform how Pennsylvania funds special education, both for school districts and charter schools. While some modest changes were recently legislated, they applied exclusively to new state special…

Technical Appendix: Tennessee SLDS Student-Level Analysis

Over the course of nearly two years, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to clean, and analyze Tennessee’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

Technical Appendix: Indiana SLDS Student-Level Analysis

Over the course of nearly two years, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education to obtain, clean, and analyze Indiana’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

Comments regarding the Civil Rights Data Collection

Comments on behalf of Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based, nonprofit education research organization, regarding the Civil Rights Data Collection from the U.S. Department of Education.

Summary of OBF Impact on Student Outcomes in Tennessee and Indiana

From 2014-2016, Research for Action (RFA) worked closely with state officials in Tennessee and Indiana to obtain, verify, and analyze data obtained from Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to determine the impact of each state’s…

Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Tennessee

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies that link public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016).…

Executive Summary: Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Tennessee

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies that link public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016).…

Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Indiana

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies that link public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016).…

Executive Summary: Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Indiana

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to define state and system-level higher education funding policies that link public higher education dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation (Snyder, 2016).…

Examining OBF Policy Implementation and Student-Level Effects in Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana

From 2014-2016, Research for Action (RFA) conducted a comparative, mixed methods study in Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio to: examine OBF state-level policy formation and implementation; explore institutional-level implementation and identify contextual factors that affect it;…

Implementation and Impact of Outcomes-Based Funding in Three States: High-Level Findings

Outcomes-based funding (OBF) is a term used to describe state- and system-level higher education funding policies that link public dollars to key student outcomes such as credit completion, retention and graduation. Outcomes-based funding models are…

Project LIFT: Year Four Student Outcomes Memo

Year Four marked the first year in which Project LIFT anticipated that long term outcomes would start to take shape. This expectation was, in part, based on the belief that after three years of added…

College Affordability in PA: How Did We Get Here, and What Can Be Done?

A postsecondary credential is quickly becoming the only reliable gateway to the middle class. A college certificate or degree is associated with higher household income and stability, better health, and a stronger, more competitive economy.…

Racial Disparities in Educational Opportunities in Pennsylvania: A First Look at New Civil Rights Data

We know that segregation and educational inequity are harmful to students and weaken school systems. Yet 62 years after Brown v. Board of Education rendered the doctrine of "separate but equal" unconstitutional, it has been…

Quality Ratings and Improvement Systems in Early Childhood Education: Promising Approaches for Pennsylvania

Policymakers are recognizing that Pennsylvania has fallen behind in providing equitable access to high quality early childhood education. Gov. Tom Wolf ran on a campaign promise of universal pre-k access and proposed an unprecedented budget…

Community Schools in Practice: Research on Implementation and Impact

Community schools are receiving increased attention in Pennsylvania and across the country as policymakers and practitioners strive to address the effects of poverty on academic performance, and provide more comprehensive supports for traditionally-underserved populations. While…

Project LIFT: Year Three Student Outcomes Memo

RFA’s 2015 Annual Report