Measuring Equitable Outcomes for Student Success

Cooke Young Scholars at Welcome Weekend 2016

January 25, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. K-12 and higher education advocates propose more equitable student outcome measurements.

Do you know an academically talented 7th grader with financial need?  Encourage them to apply for the Cooke Young Scholars Program, a selective pre-college scholarship that offers educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation. Cooke Young Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from 8th grade through high school. The application deadline is March 14, 2019.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Opportunity gaps explain much of the outcome gaps observed in education, writes Dick Startz for The Brookings Institution.
  • In The 74, Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger explains how value-added measurements allow states to track and report on student outcomes with equity in mind.


Higher Education:

  • CBS News Sunday Morning highlights the prevalence of student homelessness at colleges and universities nationwide: “Unlike elementary and secondary school students, whose families can get some support from things like federal free breakfast and lunch programs, for college students much of that assistance dries up.”
  • In EducationNext, Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner describe “flawed measures” for how students from low-income backgrounds are served at selective colleges and universities.
  • “If we truly want to level the playing field, we must expand the culture of higher education to include interdependence as well as independence,” state Nicole Stephens and Sarah Townsend in Politico.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Meet the 2019 Cooke Transfer Scholar Semifinalists! Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the top four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Recipients will be announced in April.
  • In our latest alumni interview, Cooke Scholar Natacha Chough shares how she became a NASA Flight Surgeon at NASA, along with career advice for students interested in pursuing aerospace medicine.
  • The University Network summarizes findings from our recent “Persistence” report on community college transfer students: “Transferring is easier said than done, but those who are able to transfer often succeed.”
  • Cooke Scholar Eric Nana Otoo was appointed managing director of Ghana Amalgamated Trust, reports the Ghana Guardian.


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Photo header: Cooke Young Scholars explore the Johns Hopkins University campus as part of the Foundation’s 2016 Welcome Weekend event.