Our Research

Our independent research explores a variety of cutting-edge issues facing public education to guide discussion and decision-making around education policy and practice.

July 2019

In the United States, one in nine young people is neither in school nor working. That’s 4.5 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24. This population, known as Opportunity Youth (OY), is disconnected in a way that can lead to lower lifetime earnings and a higher likelihood of social isolation.

June 2019
The winner of the 2018 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools— the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) in Boston— seeks to empower underrepresented students to succeed in college and high-wage careers. This case study highlights the key practices that have facilitated the EMK’s success,
June 2019
In honor of Sociedad Latina’s 50th Anniversary, we teamed up with the organization to put together a research brief that looks at how they support positive development for Boston’s Latino youth.
June 2019
This report looks at how 70 schools in Boston are supporting students through the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model. In addition to exploring the launch, school-based implementation, and scaling of this model, the report examines promising practices in other Massachusetts districts focusing on behavioral health.
May 2019
Our latest report takes an in-depth look at what career pathways exist for Opportunity Youth (OY) by going straight to the source. We held a series of focus groups with Boston youth to gain insight into the educational experiences and career opportunities available across the city.
February 2019
In Boston and Providence, youth serving organizations recognized a need to credential students' real-world skills including teamwork, perseverance and critical thinking. By issuing digital badges, a microcredential gaining traction in both workforce development and education, programs are equipping students with portable evidence of their skills.
January 2019
This annual status report looks at 25 state-level indicators of school performance to illuminate areas of success and areas for continued improvement across the education pipeline. This year's report examines the role students play in shaping our education system.
July 2018
This research report examines the dramatic turnaround of the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan, which won EdVestors' 2017 School on the Move Prize. We teamed up with EdVestors to investigate the role of teacher leadership and labor-management collaboration in driving rapid school improvement.
May 2018
The winners of the 2017 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools—the Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville, MA and the Paul Revere Innovation School in Revere, MA—excel in attending to the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of all students in the richly diverse communities they serve. This case study looks at the key practices these schools used to meet student learning needs and the influence school-based decision-making can have on accelerating school improvement.
February 2018
Students who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade struggle to learn through text as they progress through school and life. The cascading effects of third grade reading, including widening academic achievement gaps and social-emotional challenges, extend into adulthood. We teamed up with Stand for Children on this policy brief, which examines the influence of literacy on individual, societal, and economic well-being.