Integrated Schools & Social Mobility


December 8, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Diversity, integration, and measuring achievement are debated in K-12 coverage. Higher ed coverage concerns social mobility and college access.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • An interactive report from The New York Times explores Stanford University Professor Sean Reardon’s latest research on school district wealth and educational effectiveness, both in regards to student proficiency and student growth.
  • “Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated,” states the Associated Press. The article’s analysis generated criticism in The 74, as well as an explanation of the relationship between residential diversity and school integration in Pacific Standard.
  • NPR explains possible impacts of the tax plans put forth by the House of Representatives and the Senate for K-12 and higher education.


Higher Education:

  • “American higher education has become a powerful means for perpetuating class divisions across generations,” writes Richard V. Reeves in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Despite decades of reform, billions of dollars spent on Pell Grants, and genuine efforts by many colleges to widen their doors, the proportion of students from poor backgrounds at four-year and selective institutions has not risen since the early 2000s.”
  • Over the past year, the number of colleges and universities committed to the American Talent Initiative’s goal to enroll talented low- and moderate-income students has grown from 30 to 86 institutions.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Research from our “Opening Doors” report is cited in The 74’s coverage of Amherst College’s mentoring program for high school students. Amherst was the 2016 recipient of the Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.
  • College Board explains the opportunities available to students taking the PSAT/NMSQT®, which include being identified for the Cooke College Scholarship Program.
  • Cooke Scholar Melissa Diaz is mentioned in Daytona State College’s In Motion.
  • Semifinalists for our 2018 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship are celebrated in local outlets, including The Gilmer Mirror and WTVA.


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