Roadmaps to Success Beyond the Classroom
The Center works to identify and measure the skills needed to be successful in college and careers, determine pathways for students to be ready, track progress along the pathway, and evaluate effective ways to keep students on track.
Current Research Project
Diversity and Access in Higher Education
We are working on methods to support equity in college admissions and diversity on college campuses, so that more disadvantaged students have access to higher education. We are developing indices that admissions officers can use to identify not only those applicants who have faced adversity, but also those who have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement in light of their circumstances. Through this research we hope to open new pathways to higher education for students who have traditionally faced social, economic, and institutional barriers.
There are a variety of perspectives on what personalized learning and assessment means. Some may think that personalizing is something that teachers do. Teachers conduct formative assessment to understand what a particular student is thinking and doing, compare that with learning goals or targets, and determine strategies to close the gap for that particular student... Read More
The Education Trust recently published a third report in their Shattering Expectations series. This report, Falling Out of the Lead: Following High Achievers Through High School and Beyond, compares high school and college outcomes of initially high performing African American, Latino and low-socioeconomic status students with those of their White and advantaged peers. One positive finding is that high-achieving African American, Latino, and White students all take advanced courses in high school at similar rates. In addition, they attend schools where rigorous coursework is equally available. The same pattern did not hold, however, when comparing high-achieving students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. Low SES students were less likely to take advanced courses and more likely to attend schools where such rigorous coursework was not offered... Read More