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Large investments of federal money have been flowing to states and districts through Title II to help improve teachers and school leaders. Yet the idea that we know how to help educators improve through professional development may just be a mirage.

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The academic achievement gap in the United States is large. A low-income child has less than a 1 in 10 chance of graduating from college, compared to nearly 8 in 10 high-income children.

Expert Spotlight
  • Cecilia Speroni
    Senior Researcher

    Cecilia Speroni examines issues in education policy, including teacher and principal effectiveness; the use of data in education decision-making; and fostering student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

  • Stephen Lipscomb
    Senior Researcher

    Stephen Lipscomb has expertise in in a range of policy areas, including education, disability, and early childhood.

  • Claudia Gentile
    Associate Director

    Claudia Gentile is an expert in literacy research and education, including pre-K–12 and English as a Second Language curricula, instruction, and assessment.