Recent Publications

AISR believes that a web of strong, overlapping collaborations between school systems, community institutions, higher education partners, and families – a smart education system – is necessary to ensure that all children have equitable opportunities and high-quality learning experiences. Furthermore, the degree of collaboration across these multiple sectors determines to what extent educational options improve for all students.

Based on research in Rhode Island’s ...

Pioneering research on effective schools more than thirty-five years ago revealed that school leadership is second only to teachers in its impact on student achievement. Underscoring this research, a new study from AISR found that building school administrators’ leadership capacity has played a critical role in the turnaround of a struggling urban district.

Six years ago, Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) were on the brink of state takeover and suffered from low...

Disparities in educational access, opportunity, and achievement between Black and Latino males and their peers have been the focus of education reform initiatives for decades. A new report from the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR)...

Though the overall Rhode Island college completion rate is above the national average, the rate for Latinos lags behind and is also far below the completion rate for white Rhode Islanders in both Providence and the state. Minding the Gap: Increasing College Persistence in Rhode Island ...

Large urban school districts across the country face the daunting challenge of deciding what kind of system will best administer and support schools with widely differing needs, resulting in high achievement for all students. In New York City, the best system structure has been debated for decades. A new AISR study has found that the current system – the non-geographically based Children First Networks (CFN) – has not met the needs of students and communities: student and school demographics...

Public school students in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty do not have access to the broad array of additional instruction and enrichment activities in and out of school that more-affluent families take for granted – and that significantly contribute to learning. In this issue of Voices in Urban Education, a national cross-sector collection of authors – researchers, funders, school...

This web-based tool provides school and district leaders, reform support partners, researchers, and community organizations with a wealth of information about how to effectively measure the process and impact of expanding and reimagining learning time. The Time for Equity Indicators Tool is an information clearinghouse on twenty-four different benchmarks of education conditions, access, and impact. The tool...

Disparities in educational access, opportunity, and achievement between Black and Latino males and their peers have been the focus of education reform initiatives for several decades. But in large cities across the nation, these students still tend to consistently have the lowest academic performance on virtually every measure – a dire and unacceptable statistic that recently motivated the multi-funder, cross-sector federal initiative...

In the last two decades, charter schools have grown into a national industry with 2.5 million students, more than 6,000 schools, and a burgeoning market of management services, vendors, policy shops, and advocacy organizations. State laws and charter authorizing standards have not kept up with this explosive growth. Although most charter operators work hard to meet the needs of their students, the lack of effective oversight means no guarantee of academic innovation or excellence, too many...

In December 2012, the Education Program of the Heinz Endowments funded AISR to conduct a scan of parent-led, community-based school reform efforts in Pittsburgh. AISR staff conducted interviews and focus groups with community-based organizations, parents, and Pittsburgh Public School representatives and found that while there is high interest from parents and community organizations, there was little capacity to build and sustain this work locally. This report reveals their findings and has...