Brookings Institution


Students’ Character Counts As A Predictor Of Success

A new study from the Brookings Institution shows that character skills that improve performance can mean more to success than academic skills.



Ability Grouping – Is It Back?

Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, indicates a resurgence of ability grouping, from 28% in 1998 to 71% in 2009. This may be cheating the lower-grouped students.


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Late Starts For Schools

Brookings Institution economists have shown that early start times for high schoolers – which often means sleep deprivation – have reduced academic performance and earning potential.


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Education By Zip Codes

A new study by Jonathan Rothwell at the Brookings Institution identified areas where high levels of economic segregation show the large gaps in education between low-income students and other students.


Child Poverty Rising

Analysis by the Brookings Institution showed that child poverty rate nationwide rose from 18 to 22 percent from 2007 to 2010.


(Ed, an instructor with the Mark Group, shows trainees an element of building insulation installation.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 1: Creating Green Jobs

Green jobs like weatherization represent only a small sector of the economy, but local officials see as an area of growth for the future.


(Mayor Michael Nutter, far right with folder, reviews his prepared remarks for the unveiling of a newly weatherized home in Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 2: What Makes Our Economy Grow

Measures to cut energy use and reduce carbon emissions are good for the environment, but also good for the economy. And now, Delaware Valley officials are working to make the region a leader in this growing industry.


New York Times Rethinks Education Coverage

  About 2½ years ago, The New York Times disbanded its education desk.  In 2007 and 2008 at its peak, nine reporters and two editors worked that beat.  But the Times was not alone.  The […]