Publications

The Fiscal Impact of Charter School Expansion: Calculations in Six Pennsylvania School Districts

As charter school enrollment in Pennsylvania rises, understanding the fiscal impact of charter school expansion is critical for school districts to accurately budget and to anticipate current and future costs. In order to calculate the…

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).…

Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: Summary of Evidence

The City of Philadelphia’s Citywide Out‐of‐School‐Time (OST) Initiative was launched in February 2017 in order to better coordinate and focus the capacities of OST programs on the needs of the city’s children. The first phase…

Scanning the System: Support for Quality Programming in Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time

Approximately a quarter of a million school-aged children and youth live in Philadelphia. No exact count exists of how many participate in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. The City of Philadelphia estimates that 187,000 children and…

Full Report: Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania: Budgeting for Survival or Paying for the True Cost of Quality?

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Montgomery Early Learning Centers

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Bullfrogs and Butterflies

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Children’s Village

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Case Study: Seton Center

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Kindergarten English Learners’ Time to Proficiency in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is often called the original American melting pot for its rich mix of languages, people, ideas and religions. That tradition continues today. The city’s immigrant population is growing steadily, and more than 20 percent…

Executive Summary: Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania: Budgeting for Survival or Paying for the Cost of True Quality?

Efforts underway to expand access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs in Pennsyl­vania are aimed at improving school readiness for low-income children and mitigating the wide achievement gaps that plague them in the later…

Technical Appendix: Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania

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…